Police deaths and Cecil the Lion: connected via white American entitlement

While I respect the internet chiding of those who ask why white people aren’t as outraged about Sandra Bland’s death (as in, I’m all for pointing out that there isn’t enough outrage for Ms. Bland and the numerous deaths that have occurred since hers) as they are about Cecil the Lion, I would point out several parallels.

Both deaths were unnecessary.

Both deaths are related to the reality that anything with “African” in its nomenclature can be destroyed for white plunder, white entertainment, white security.

Both deaths highlight just how much corruption there is in the US and internationally when it comes either to the global affluent or their strongmen.

No, I do not hold the same level of moral concern for Cecil the Lion as I do for Ms. Bland. And I don’t think it’s ok to be peppering Cecil’s killer with death threats.

But:

There is something exceptionally, exceptionally dickish about destroying a beautiful, endangered animal, an animal that many in the world would love to go see live in the wild, for kicks and your own private trophy room.

Cecil’s death, like Sandra Bland’s death, epitomizes much of what is wrong with power in today’s world, and what is wrong with white American entitlement.

Charting the Relationships in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

I re-read Walter Mosley’s The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey yesterday for the Bedrosian Book Club Podcast. Mosley is such a gifted and subtle writer, and I really liked this book the first time I read it. Rereading it was rewarding, too.

It’s a sprawling novel, and it is a little difficult to follow all the relationships. One of the negative reviews of the book, which seems to be one of those reviews that get written without anybody actually reading the damn book said “Mosely doesn’t seem to know what kind of book he wants to write here.” What does that even mean? Why does Mosely have to pick a ‘type’ of book?

Or is this one of those rules that apply to black authors but not writers, wink wink?

In order to understand all the relationships, I made a hybrid family tree and network graph. People in color are those characters that I thought were particularly important.

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