Two People Shot at Nat’l Zoo on African-American Family Day

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is a great place to visit. I can’t say it’s the best zoo in America since it’s the only one I’ve been to, but if you’re ever in the area, definitely check it out.

That is, unless it’s a day when you know a lot of black people will be there. Case in point: On Easter Monday, the zoo held its annual African-American Family Day (I’ve found no information on the zoo’s website about when their annual White Family Day is held, but I’m sure I’m just overlooking it).

If you were to guess what happened at African-American Family Day at the zoo, what would that guess be? That everybody got along like peaches? That it was a nice, quiet, family-oriented affair? If these are your guesses, you might be a liberal.

No, what happened at African-American Family Day at the National Zoo was violence. Two people were shot, one in the hand and one in the arm. It mirrored past African-American Family Days at the zoo. In 2011 there was a fight and a stabbing, and in 2000 seven people were shot.

You would think they would have learned their lesson after the first incident; that they would stop holding events designated specifically for blacks, but nowadays being anti-racist is more important than being safe.

This shooting isn’t even a tragic news story, it’s just comical. It’s hard not to laugh at the utter predictability of it all. Every time they hold an African-American Family Day, a heavy police presence is required. That should tell you something. It certainly wouldn’t be required at White Family Day, or Asian Family Day, of that you can be sure.

From WUSA, D.C.’s CBS affiliate:

National Zoo Director Dennis Kelly said Wednesday that it’s back to the drawing board as they’ll now look for new ways to keep the area safe while keeping the character of the zoo.

How about stop holding African-American anything events? It’s not like black people are barred from attending the zoo on days without any specific racial designation. Why do they need their own day at the zoo? Is it to cull the herd? Is it a larger conspiracy to get as many blacks concentrated in one area at once and just wait for the violence to begin, like some sick form of entertainment for the powers that be? (Maybe I’m sick, because I do indeed find it entertaining that events of this sort of ethnic concentration inevitably devolve into violence.)

Of course major media like The Washington Post isn’t reporting that it was African-American Family Day, opting instead to call it “a holiday event.” USA Today only gave the full name of the event at the end of the article. Why does it matter that it was African-American Family Day? A shooting is a shooting. Okay.

African-American Day is actually “more than 100-years-old [sic] and was created for African-Americans who were not allowed to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.” But blacks are now allowed at the White House Easter Egg Roll—they’re even allowed to live in the White House, by gum! Why are we holding onto these past remedies for past grievances?

Cancel African-American Family Day. End it. And until then, if you don’t want to be the victim of violence, you should stay far away from such events no matter what race you are.