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Back to Blood in Uvalde
Uvalde police responders (ABC News/YouTube)

Let’s never forget the cowardice of the police who stood by while a killer murdered 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. Or how we got here.

When they learned that a killer was murdering their children, parents gathered outside the school and pleaded with the police to save their children. To no avail. For 90 minutes, the well-armed local police waited outside while the gunfire continued. The frantic parents imagined the worst. But the police weren’t wholly inactive. They pepper-sprayed a dad and handcuffed a mom who tried to enter the school to rescue their kids.

The parents couldn’t understand why the cops just stood there. But really, it’s not hard to understand. It wasn’t the cops’ kids who were being killed. The same thing had happened at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in 2018.

It’s different when they’re your kids. You read about parents who die trying to rescue their kids. They swim out to save a drowning child and drown themselves. Or they rush into a burning building. The impulse to sacrifice for your kids is hard-wired in our genes. That’s what happened in Uvalde, when the parents and not the police wanted to rescue the kids.

In his last novel, Tom Wolfe predicted the massacre in a book about an America which turned everything into a question of genetics and race. He called it Back to Blood.

The mother whom the Uvalde police had handcuffed had driven 40 miles to get to the school. When they uncuffed her, she jumped the school fence and ran inside to grab her two kids and bring them to safety. The police just watched them.

Jacob Albarado, an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, received a text message from his wife Tisha. “There’s an active shooter,” it said. “Help. I love you.” Albarado knew that his daughter was also being held hostage. He had just sat down for a haircut, but immediately got up and borrowed a shotgun from the barber. Together they drove to the school, and when he got there, he saw a tactical team waiting outside. He told them, “I’m looking for my daughter, but I also know what wing she’s in, so I start clearing all the classes in her wing.”

If all that saves us is the impulse to save our children, we’ve had it as a nation. If we’re to survive as a country we’ll also need to recover the republican virtue which looks beyond one’s immediate family to seek the common good, without regard to race and gender.

That’s going to require a greatly reformed political culture. Ever since Obama took office, the Democratic Party has turned just about every issue into one of race-and-gender. Obama himself couldn’t comment about the massacre without raising the irrelevant question of race. “As we grieve the children of Uvalde today,” he wrote, “we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer.”

When it’s always about George Floyd, however, then the police are the bad guys, and that’s the mindset that gave us the Defund the Police movement. Liberal cities across America removed the police from schools and replaced them with social workers. There weren’t any police at the Uvalde school, and the doors weren’t locked. The teachers weren’t packing heat to protect themselves and their students, and Jacob Albarado said that that was the problem. “Hopefully changes will be made at all schools in the U.S.,” he tweeted, “and teachers will be trained & allowed to carry in order to protect themselves and students.”

We’ve been asked by the Woke to put the police under a microscope. They’re presumptively the criminals, not the suspects, and that was Obama’s message about Uvalde. Fine, but then don’t be surprised when this turns the police into mere bystanders.

We’re also going to have to call a truce in the gender wars. If you’re looking for an example of toxic masculinity, I present you one Jacob Albarado. And if manliness is a problem, then the real heroes in Uvalde were the do-nothing cops who just watched it all happen.

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