In the wake of the tragic Dallas police shootings, thousands of Melburnians are planning to hold a Black Lives Matter rally on the streets of the city next Sunday. I'm in no position to say whether or not there's an ongoing racism problem in the Victoria Police force in its dealings with ethnic minorities, but if there is, then it should be dealt with.
I also hope that the rally will be peaceful. One worrying trend in recent times is for opponents of these rallies to organise counter rallies in an attempt to disrupt them. These usually end up in violent street clashes that do either side no favours, particularly the professional agitators who seem to delight in these incidents.
By the way, this is my 500th blog posting. Where's my party whistle?