[guest post by JVW]
When the battle against racism has lost all sense of proportion:
#ARRESTED| We were alerted to a series of racist messages sent to a footballer today and after looking into them and conducting checks, we have arrested a boy.
The 12-year-old from #Solihull has been taken to custody.
Thanks to everyone who raised it. Racism won't be tolerated. pic.twitter.com/oFxBUvdtV1
— West Midlands Police – #StayAlert (@WMPolice) July 12, 2020
Now it is indeed true that I haven’t seen the messages, so I have no idea as to what are the contents of this boy’s screed. But I do note that the West Midlands Police (last seen to such devastating effect in Hot Fuzz*) did not use the specific word “threatening” in their description, they only categorized the messages as “racist.” Yes, we Americans theoretically enjoy freedoms that allow us a certain degree of obnoxiousness in communicating with our fellow citizens, but just how long do you think it will be until at least one brigade in the Woke Army convinces some mush-minded police chief in some achingly progressive city to harass a punk kid for badthink on social media? I’ll bet it’s closer than we would like to believe.
In the meantime, rejoice that a millionaire footballer has been rescued from having his feelings hurt by a pre-teen.
* Ok, ok, ok — Hot Fuzz was set in the West Country, not the West Midlands. Don’t spoil my fun.