And then everything went sour when the MC introduced someone named Roy Wilson, Program Director of Oakland's Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center.
At the climactic moment of this supposedly non-partisan event honoring victims, Mr. Wilson
uncorked a rambling word-salad monologue that not only specified the bad guys by name, but devolved into a semi-coherent rant about social justice and racism and more mind-bending mixed metaphors than have ever been crammed into one paragraph.
Here we were, trying to feel sympathy for the victims, and we had to endure this (transcription below):
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You'll notice that the lights which had been illuminating Roy Wilson
are suddenly turned off, right when it becomes obvious that he's
going to continue his
inappropriate political rant.
What you're seeing at that moment is a TV camera crew, which had been filming Roy Wilson's
speech for possible use as a soundbite in that evening's news broadcast, realizing that the guy was going off-message - so they simply switched off the camera's photo lights and stopped filming him because his
speech no longer fit the media's predetermined narrative.