Would you like to have some fun? This is awful fun. If you are awful then this will be fun.
Last night a long video was posted by Deray live on Periscope as he walked along a highway in light rain. We do not see Deray but we hear him. He sounds like reasonable person as he walks along. He sounds like the type person you wouldn't mind knowing. He sounds like a good guy. He is describing the situation. Police are gathering and telling them to stay off the road so they do. The road narrows to shoulder, no sidewalk, so the line of people compresses as well as possible without interfering with traffic. Deray becomes a bit alarmed when too many police appear behind him. He shows the police cruiser headlights through the rain aiming the wrong way on the highway at them through the line of protesters. Then suddenly Deray is arrested from behind and a woman takes his phone and continues. The women are screaming confused and angry and heartbroken and feeling abused again as they've done nothing wrong.
He'd been tagged. Deray was marked to be pulled out when he's spotted.
Apparently he was told previously not to be seen protesting on the highway or he'd be arrested.
The video is poor quality and my connection even worse. It stopped for me five times before I gave up with it. It's on Periscope and it's was being viewed by around 90,000 people each time it shut off. It's just people walking along the highway. A decent protest.
Blacks across the country are terribly upset their point is not being taken. People on Twitter are awful in not caring about that. I just now noticed this hashtag trending #DerayIsInJailParty.
Why a party? It's Deray's birthday. It's why they think "party" is funny because he's having his birthday party in jail.
Usually the people I follow will say something somewhat annoyingly intellectual, something they expect you to grasp by your shared education, something like, [I'm waiting for Letters from Baton Rouge] and not let onto their glee if they feel it. But this hashtag is in your face. The posters just flatly don't care who takes offense. They're having fun with racial anguish. They go to giphy and search [trump] and find an animated gif of Trump that they like and post it with their Twitter message: Pulling up to the Deray in Jail Party is like:
This is the level our discourse descended, and I have to admit it cracked me up.
Recommended this bright Sunday morning Twitter hashtag #DerayisinJailParty.