Genocide by Butch Ford
Genocide is defined as “the deliberate killing of a large group of people. Especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.”
As I travel the highways and byways of this journey called life, I’m looking at things through a not-so-rosy set of lenses. Maybe it has something to do with my growth and maturity, which have exceeded even my own expectations. In fact, my attitude and thought process resemble my cantankerous grandfather’s Alfred L. Ford Sr., who went home to glory over 35 years ago. I’ll speak more about him at another time.
But today I’d like to discuss some very disturbing facts about what’s going on in our community. I’ll put this in question form…which means they are merely rhetorical and are designed to provoke thought. Here are a few of the obvious truths: Why are there liquor stores strategically placed on every corner in urban USA? But not in the suburban neighborhoods. With dispensaries popping up all over the place, does this mean that prospective employers will ignore positive drug tests now that recreational marijuana is legal? Why are dollar stores selling below market value items and products that are of poor quality?
Now let’s look at some of the more subtle realities that I believe are designed to take us out, as well. In the inner-city Quick Marts & Party Stores, why are the 2 for $1 snacks (Honey Buns, donuts, cupcakes, fruit pies) full of poisonous/toxic ingredients? Just check the labels. Why are “Flaming Hot” items and .25 candy NOT sold outside of the city? Why were value menus created at Fast Food Establishments? And what quality of food is being served?
Why are the parks and recreation centers closed? Why were the extracurricular activities removed from schools? Why are all media outlets geared towards drugs, violence and evil? I’m not trying to stir up controversy. I’m just curious as to why this is happening in my community. It’s sad…and we’re all being cheated. But why is that? Is there a larger plan that we aren’t aware of? I’d love to know.