Monday, April 03, 2006
A Grisly New Danger
Cell phone and optional "holster"
LEADERSHIP. How many victims do we have to see before we start taking action on behalf of public safety? Within just the past week we've had two highly disturbing incidents. First, there was this:
Super model Naomi Campbell was charged with second-degree assault by the Manhattan Criminal Court Friday after allegedly bashing her 41-year-old housekeeper in the head with a cell phone... The assault occurred about 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Campbell's apartment on Park Avenue, the police said.
Then there was this:
(S)everal witnesses have said the officer involved asked McKinney to stop three times. When she refused, he placed a hand on her shoulder, at which time she whirled around and struck him on the chest with her cell phone.
Please, let's bear in mind the two victims here:
Disadvantaged black women ensnared and victimized by cell phones.
Now look at the cell phone gear pictured above. It's far worse than an attractive nuisance. It's begging to be viewed and wielded as a weapon. They even come in holsters, for God's sake. How can we possibly expect talented, assertive, and volatile women of color to resist the urge to draw that thing and fire it right at whoever dares to earn their wrath? It's impossible.
If we keep on in this reckless way, allowing these sinister instruments to be available on the market in whatever form bigoted capitalist corporations run by white men decide will sell, we could be looking at a slaughter of epic proportions and millions of needless, unjust incarcerations. We don't want to lose the Campbells and McKinneys. We can't afford to lose the Oprahs, Goldbergs, Malveauxs, and Houstons to this new plague of violence.
Don't help a good woman go bad. Write your congressperson today to demand serious cell phone control legislation.
UPDATE. Also, thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link. Us news babes have to stick together.