People in this country and all over the world are struggling with the insulting and demeaning verdict of 6 women in Sanford Florida, five of whom self-identified as white. Some of us have whistled in the wind for years, that as a people we simply are heading in the wrong direction. I have personally argued that the election of Barack Obama to the highest office in the country, though a tremendous feat of accomplishment and source of great pride, is also a double hedged sword for black America.
Let me be clear, there are white Americans who are incredibly decent human beings. Throughout the struggles, spawning slavery to the present fight for basic human rights and dignity, there has been white people right alongside blacks. Even as people take to the streets in cities and towns all over the country, to register their disgust with this verdict, that mosaic is very evident. All throughout that period white people have given much in blood and treasure in the fight against the forces of evil.
There however is a backward half of white America which still harbors what I call a Southern mentality, not that they all reside in the South, far from it, just a mindset which believes in white privilege and supremacy. There may be one living next door to you, in the open they say they are not racist but behind closed doors they latch onto prehistoric and neanderthal concepts about race.
It is that mindset which makes a white woman who sat on the jury, straight-away gave the benefit of the doubt to the accused murderer. This is unprecedented, given that the state of Florida tries children as adults for certain crimes.
Johnathan Capehart: opinion writer for the Washington Post.
Juror B37, whose image was obscured during the interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, said she believes the neighborhood watch volunteer was well-intentioned but became overzealous because of a string of break-ins in his Sanford, Fla. neighborhood. The woman has lived in the Sanford, Fla., area for 18 years and has two daughters – a 24-year-old pet groomer and a 27-year-old college student. During jury selection, she said she had been called for jury duty four times previously but never selected to sit on a case. Martin Literary Management announced Monday that it was representing B37 and her husband, who is an attorney. But agency head Sharlene Martin released a statement late Monday saying she was no longer representing the juror and that the juror had dropped the book idea.http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/16/19488815-zimmerman-juror-he-shouldnt-have-gotten-out-of-that-car.
Johnathan Capehart opinion writer for the Washington Post spoke to the lack of empathy, that a teenager lost his life for doing absolutely nothing wrong. In fact Capehart argues her entire comments was all about George, this George that, it seemed to be the entire talking points of the defense.
Since appearing on the Anderson Cooper show on CNN where she gave her interview, this juror seemed to have a had a come to Jesus moment, in the less than 24 hours since the interview juror B-37 released a statement doing a walk-back of sorts from what appeared to be a pro-Zimmerman stance.
We in the black community and those who empathize with our situation, must be aware that there is systematic and entrenched racism still in the bowels of this country. There is a them against us mentality which re-emerged on the surface after the election of Barack Obama to the presidency.
Many including elected members of the United States House and even in the senate are guilty, both by co-mission and omission in contributing to this wave of right wing militancy, which has swept over the country since the election of the first man of color to the presidency.
Michelle Malkin : Sean Hannity:
There is nurturing of racial hatred in America on a daily basis, it is fed through right wing talk-radio, and Fox television. It is not simply disagreeing with everything Obama, it has metastasized into much more incendiary rhetoric, Ted Nugent, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity,Glen Beck, Michelle Malkin, Bill Reilly, Anne Coulter, are just a few of the race-baiters. This kind of race-baiting rhetoric does not fall on deaf ears, it is fertilizer and water, on fertile soil. Why would anyone be surprised when the seeds germinate?
US Rep. Andy Harris MD:
Maryland Congress-man Andy Harris had this to say:
“We’re hung up on this one case, where this one fellow was, in fact, found not guilty by a jury. That’s the way the American law system works. Get over it,””We missed the forest through the trees to a large extent with all the huge issues going on in the world,” Harris said.
Clearly a black teenager’s life is inconsequential to this moron, so those outraged by the despicable verdict, should just move on and accept it. It goes to the heart of what I believe is deep rooted institutionalized racism that permeates the entire system, including the country’s legislature. If this is the mentality of those who make the laws, how can we expect this country’s white majority to do the right thing for all Americans?
Since President Obama was elected, whites in red states have made a mad rush on gun stores, buying up guns and ammunition. Those are the sane ones, others have developed a bunker mentality, stocking up on food and survival paraphernalia, preparing for a race war or what they conclude is an imminent cataclysmic event. We may laugh at the lunacy of these imbeciles but the fact is they exist, they are ignorant, and they are heavily armed.
This militarization is not only confined to these lunatics, we have seen the militarization of police departments, America’s police departments are virtual armies. In state houses all over the country the right-wing passed passed laws which are designed to ensure that the will of the majority is circumvented. Even the Country’s Supreme Court has determined that the 1965 voting rights act should not stand as constituted, never mind that it brings fidelity to the process.
This is Obama’s America, the Trayvon Martin case is a wake-up call for all Americans, more so for people of color. If you thought the idiocy of racial supremacy was a thing of the past you are wrong. This case establishes that all men of color are suspects, not just young black men, all men. The militancy that killed Trayvon Martin kill many and incarcerate thousands of black men every year. Police departments do it arbitrarily and nothing is being done about it, if you don’t believe me look inside America’s prisons and jails.
Tomorrow we talk about personal responsibility.