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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

One last note (probably) on the Zimmerman verdict

David Simon, the writer and creator of "The Wire" TV show wrote the following on his blog The Audacity of Despair  I thought it too excellent and on point to not post here:


You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead.
In the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round. Come one, come all.  And bring a handgun. The legislators are fine with this blood on their hands. The governor, too. One man accosted another and when it became a fist fight, one man — and one man only — had a firearm. The rest is racial rationalization and dishonorable commentary.
If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve.  I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.
Behold, the lewd, pornographic embrace of two great American pathologies:  Race and guns, both of which have conspired not only to take the life of a teenager, but to make that killing entirely permissible.  I can’t look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country.  Tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American.

Additional evidence why we shouldn't have "stand your ground" laws:    15 Shocking 'Stand Your Ground' Cases


Anonymous said...

"stoic tolerance"? get a grip!
and when you look a black parent in the eye, blame them, and their parents before them.
I am sick to death of this black culture, as are so many others.

Mo Rage said...

To anonymous--

Then maybe white people shouldn't have

a) bought, sold and owned black people for centuries;

b) abused, beat, tortured and killed so many, in so many ways over those same centuries--since the 1600's;

c) discriminated against all those same black people for all those 4 centuries;

d) kept them out of education and good jobs and good and fair pay all those 4 centuries;

e) kept them out of good housing all those 400+ years;

f) not so unfairly and unjustly incarcerated and imprisoned all those black men--but women, too--all those 400+ years.

Maybe, just maybe, if we hadn't done all that--and a lot more--over all those years, maybe they would be better educated, better employed, better housed, better citizens, period.

But too many white people don't take any of the above into consideration.

Too many white people want to still put and keep them down and either unemployed or under employed and under- or un-educated, etc., etc.

I'm sure you'll disagree.