Television is often bemoaned as the root of America's culture of violence. But this week in the heartland, television changed the channel on violence -- and erred on the side of justice. Racist, racist justice.
The scene: Eddie's Grocery, a small mom-and-pop in Leavenworth that consists of little more than a card table. The protagonist: Eddie Carnoali, 65, who has owned the shop for 33 years. It was just another Tuesday night, when a man with a stocking cap pulled over his face burst into the store. We reached Carnoali at his store yesterday, and it turns out he's fond of throwing around the N-word. So rather than try to write around his bigotry, which would be hard to pull off, we'll let him take it from here:
said, 'Get your
hands up.' I jumped up and for some stupid reason, I picked up the
remote and pointed it at him like I had a gun. I said, 'Fuck you,
nigger, I'ma kill you!' He pointed the gun at me, and I pointed the
remote at him. All of a sudden, he turned around and took off running."