Some followers of the Black Lives Matter movement are livid over the general public’s apparent preference in discussing a Zimbabwe lion’s recent death at the hands of an American big game hunter, as opposed to discussing the problem of race in America.
My response to the Black Lives Matter movement: don’t you see the 2,000-pound allegory in the room?
With almost no editorial comment from me, I provided a recap of the lion’s death.
Dr. Walter J. Palmer, a 55-year-old American dentist and big-game hunter from Minnesota, sparked international outrage after he lured and killed a lion in Zimbabwe named Cecil.
Dr. Palmer, with the help of two Zimbabwe locals, used raw meat to lure Cecil out of a protected habitat designated by the government. Once Cecil was drawn into the open hunting area, Dr. Palmer injured Cecil with a bow and arrow, before eventually stalking and fatally shooting the lion two days later. Cecil was then beheaded and skinned. It’s believed that Dr. Palmer paid around $54,000 for the hunt.
The public’s vitriol in response to the killing prompted Dr. Palmer to close his dental practice and issue an apology stating “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.”
Dr Palmer added “I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Dr. Palmer is believed to be in hiding.
If you see the allegory, tell me about it n the comments…
song currently stuck in my head: “release (nuyorican soul mix)” – afro celt sound system
Update: the song stuck in my head happens randomly most of the time, and has typically has nothing to do with the post I’m writing.