Monday, March 8, 2010
"Breed Bans" Are Directed Against People, Not Dogs
There are laws forbidding the ownership of varying and different breeds of dogs all over the country. One breed is more often stigmatized, and ostracized (and seized and killed) than any other: American Pit Bull Terriers, aka "pit bulls."
Like my Budreau.
(There are two other "breeds recognized as pit-bulls, too: American Stafforshire and traditional old English Staffordshires; but "pittie" or "pibbuls" ar the most common). Buster Brown's dog, Tige, was a pit-bull, as was the dog in The Little Rascals, Petey. So, probably, was Sandy, Li'l Orphan Annie's dog.
If I took Budreaux even through Denver with me, he could be seized from me with no judicial appeal or proceding, and summarily destroyed for no other reason than "the breed" he belongs to.
Which an unexpectedly reveaing description of the dynamics involved. Cuz Denver a bourgeois town...
Because what the folks who 'outlaw" these dogs are doing is trying to outlaw the OWNERS.
Twenty-five years ago, when gangsta culture was just unfolding, with hip-hop/rappers in gaudy gold bangles, violent lyrics, and threatening gestures, the pit-bull was the dog of choice of the 'threatening, urban black man."
It's that association which now is what the rest of "Middull Murka" is punishing.
Terrified white bourgeoise can't keep the scary PEOPLE out, but they can keep their dogs out, and demonize 'em and kill 'em.
They're just lynching the dog, instead of the man...