Come With Me If You Want To Live
by Saab Lofton
"NO sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be ... Our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking, whether he likes it or not, or even whether he knows it or not. Only so can the deadly problems of today be solved."
--Issac Asimov (1920 - 1992)
There's an old Richard Pryor joke about a white woman in the back of a limousine. While driving through the inner city, she sees a black junkie strung out in an alley and says, "aww, ain't that a shame?" Then, upon returning home and seeing her own son shooting up, the white woman cries out, "oh, my God! It's an epidemic!"
I bring this up because I'm sickened by the racist hypocrisy of getting all titillated about that school shooting in lily white Connecticut after having ignored or dismissed the following for more years than I care to count ...
"African-American males in Detroit between the ages of 15 and 24 are dying at a rate that is roughly seven times higher than the rest of the Detroit population. If they were dying at the same rate as everyone else, there would be one death every three weeks. Instead, there are two black men dying every single week."
--Boyce Watkins, PhD, September 3rd, 2010
... for the longest, I've pleaded with people to heavily promote NON-lethal tactics/weaponry, and to do this, it's only logical to use the popularity of famous characters such as Batman ...
BRUCE WAYNE: No. I'm no executioner.
THE LEAGUE OF SHADOWS: Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share.
BRUCE WAYNE: That's why it's so important. It separates us from them ... I will go back to Gotham and I will fight men like this, but I will not become an executioner.
--from the 2005 movie, Batman Begins
... also too, the Lone Ranger NEVER shoots to kill; he disarms his opponents as painlessly as possible, so use HIM to reach the ignoramuses in Texas! Unfortunately, all too many have falsely accused me of living in a fantasy world for advocating this, but I suspect the motives of my accusers are dubious at best: Those who insist that killing their enemies is supposedly occasionally necessary have probably committed an atrocity at some point (or are making excuses for someone who has), and as a result, they desperately want to keep from feeling guilty.
To paraphrase John Lennon, if I'm a dreamer, I'm NOT the only one. Check out this paragraph from a piece Time Magazine wrote about companies pioneering NON-lethal tactics/weaponry ...
"Spider-Man has competition. A firm called Foster-Miller, based in Waltham, Mass., has created the WebShot, a 10-ft.-wide Kevlar net. Packed in a cartridge and fired from a special shotgun, the WebShot can entangle targets as far away as 30 feet. Bigger nets can work on bigger targets."
... and I recently made contact with an organization on Facebook called the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. When I e-mailed my usual spiel to it, this was its response: "We get your point 100%. You're right on."
The problem is, a mass movement has yet to rise up and demand NON-lethal tactics/weaponry become the norm. Believe it or not, there is in fact a historical precedent for a work of fiction inspiring the masses. According to a piece Gail Collins wrote for The Nation about Edward Bellamy's utopian novel Looking Backward, "by the early 1890s, at least 165 Bellamy clubs had been formed around the U.S. to lobby for political changes that would transform the country into the sort of place Looking Backward describes."
Alas, that was pre-television; when the average American was an avid reader -- so long as bread and circuses such as ESPN, Judge Judy or Maury Povich hold as much sway as they do, We the People are in serious trouble ...
Then again, as the villainous Longshanks advised in the film, Braveheart, "as king, you must find the good in any situation." So the way I figure it, if the corporate censorship of my literary career persists; if I die obscure because I've been denied the coverage/investment Britney Spears NEVER should've been given, then at the very least, the overpopulation seen in Charlton Heston's dystopia, Soylent Green will be prevented (this sci fi classic depicted forty million people being jam packed into Manhattan alone).
There are currently over seven billion Humans on the planet Earth, we're nowhere near mastering interstellar colonization, a lot of whites refuse to adopt out of an irrational fear of being bred out by tan/brown-skinned people, and ask an environmentalist about the consequences of resources being consumed by America's obese ... Hell, why NOT let some motherfucker nuttier than squirrel shit shoot up a school? As Ebenezer Scrooge said in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, "decrease the surplus population!"
I'm being facetious, of course, but still ... The choice is clear: Make me famous/popular so I can promote NON-lethal tactics/weaponry OR continue to lament over a mounting body count.
Come with me if you want to live.