As predictable as summer’s heat, anger oftentimes boils out into America’s streets as Memorial Day approaches. A few triggering events involving life and death are all that is required. Before a seasonal “summer of rage” ignites, Americans who cherish their nation should cool it and resist the fury of those who do not.
Left-wing politicos played on the nation’s racial agitation like a violin virtuoso following the death of George Floyd in 2020, and they are tuning up for a repeat performance in 2022. An anonymous insider struck the first note on May 2 by leaking the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft of a forthcoming opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case legalizing abortion.
President Biden called the justices’ draft a “radical decision.” On cue, hundreds of thousands of pro-choice marchers stepped into line in cities across the nation last weekend. Organizers described the phenomenon as the kickoff of, yes, “a summer of rage.”
The timing is no coincidence. Mr. Biden’s abysmal approval rating, measuring 39% in a recent NBC poll, is handicapping Democrats as a crucial midterm election approaches. Playing on hot-button issues like abortion and race are obvious triggers for seasonal anger potent enough to reverse their fortunes. Accordingly, protests can be expected to rise to a crescendo when the high court hands down the actual ruling as its term concludes with summer’s arrival.
More contagious than coronavirus is anger. It is carried airborne through media airwaves and easily infects those unhinged over any variety of political disagreements. The nation is already smoldering over life-ending abortion, and racially motivated murder is a reliable accelerant.
At least 22 individuals were fatally shot and 50 wounded nationwide last weekend in a rash of shootings. Dozens were wounded by gunfire during a melee following a basketball game in Milwaukee, and six were hit with bullets at a church near Los Angeles.
But it was the killing of 10 at a Buffalo grocery store, apparently triggered by racial animus, that Mr. Biden seized upon for a personal visit of consolation and condemnation on Tuesday. “In America, evil will not win — I promise you,” he said in prepared remarks. “Hate will not prevail. And white supremacy will not have the last word.”
Indeed, targeting innocent strangers of a different race is beyond egregious, but so is the far more common occurrence in U.S. cities where members of identical race dispatch one another. In 2018, the FBI reported that 81% of white victims were killed by white offenders, and 89% of Black victims were killed by other Black individuals.
In Chicago, more than 1,000 people were murdered in 2021, according to the Chicago Tribune, and 80% were Black. Since Black Americans are frequently both shooter and victim in the Windy City, a Buffalo-style visit would add little to Mr. Biden’s politically motivated race-mongering.
Nothing inflames emotion like life and death, but those who are not simply Americans in name only should cool rather than fuel the “summer of rage.”