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    • Terri Connett

    • July 16, 2013 in Columnists

    White and black

    Just flipping those two words out of the usual order feels uncomfortable.  After all, old movies are in black and white.  Seeing things in a straightforward manner is described as “black and white.”  My favorite umbrella has black and white polka dots. And a black and white cookie ended Jerry Seinfeld’s 14-year vomit streak.

    In the case of George Zimmerman, it was white on black crime; something too uncomfortable for the five white and one unknown-race lady jurors. So they bought Mark O’Mara’s version and flipped it back around.  This was black on white crime. “Menacing” Trayvon Martin had that huge block of sidewalk cement and pasty, pudgy George Zimmerman only had a 9mm gun to defend himself.

    Some blame the verdict on the wacky state of Florida.  And I can see that.  Casey Anthony obviously killed her little girl and got away with it.   A man was told to stop making love with two live alligators in his bed.  And there was Kathryn Harris and all those “chads.”

    But make no mistake, this could have happened anywhere in the south (and perhaps elsewhere in this country) and was 100 percent about race and social injustice.  The day after the verdict, all the “color blind” pundits came on TV and gloated this was about self-defense and had nothing to do with race.  And then in unison, maybe they all practiced this at the after-verdict party, they cheerfully pointed out black on black crime in Chicago.

    What’s that got to do with this, you crazy ass crackers?

    Mark O’Mara said if George Zimmerman was black this trial would never have happened.  Wrongo, Mr. Loco Saltines.  If George Zimmerman was black there most certainly would have been a trial, but he wouldn’t have had to get two million signatures on a petition in order to get it. No, black George would’ve been cuffed, roughed and thrown in jail on the spot.  Black George wouldn’t have $300,000 in donations to his defense fund.   And black George wouldn’t have had famed defense lawyer Mark O and knock-knock joker, Don West on the case.

    White George Zimmerman saw black Trayvon Martin as the bad guy, as he did with countless other young black males.  He shot him to kill him.  Some say it was okay to profile, because the neighborhood robbers were young, black males.  But let’s flip that.  If the thieves were white, would Zimmerman have looked at all young Caucasian males as targets?

    Of course not.

    Racial discrimination is alive and kicking despite our biracial president.  Remember Barack’s own white grandmother admitted to him she was fearful of black men who passed her on the street?   I used to think this was a generational thing and as older people died off, so would the hate.  But George Zimmerman is 29 years old.

    Slavery was abolished in 1865.  One hundred years later, in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed.  Do we have to wait another hundred years for racial equality in 2064?  Hell, I’ll be dead and will never know we got there.  But I’m already planning to do a somersault in my grave when that year comes and goes, and bigotry still exists.

    People say George Zimmerman got a fair trial.  And yes, both sides presented their cases and a jury decided the verdict.  But when one of the parties is black and the jury is white, the closest thing to fair is in a nearby field with a Ferris wheel.  The cards were stacked in George Zimmerman’s favor. Assistant State Attorney John Guy ended his rebuttal by flipping the scenario.  He told the jury, quite masterfully, that this could not be about race because if Trayvon was the wannabe cop who stalked and shot an unarmed white man, they would surely come to the same conclusion.

    But they did not.

    If we are all honest, we know what the verdict would have been if the situation was flipped.  Trayvon would still be alive but he would be in our overcrowded, over-black prison system for the rest of his life.

    Black youth are arrested at a rate ten times higher than whites for drug crimes, but research shows they are less likely to use drugs than whites, Native American and Hispanic teens.  Approximately 13% of the American population is African-American, yet they make up 40% of the 2 million male inmates in our prisons.  The unemployment rate for African-Americans is 13.7%.

    It’s time we stop seeing things in black and white.  In my opinion the only way out is for us whites to convince racist whites they are wrong.  Believe me, I know this isn’t easy.  But I’ll start with my brother.

    • I just wrote about this on Kelvin’s article. The defense made it all about Trayvon and turned the focus off George. So sad and I think Obama becoming president has actually made the racists come out in full force. Sad but true. The old whites realized they didn;t help elect Obama but blacks and hispanics did and they are angry. Also, heard that California has a stand your ground and you can pursue your suspect and shoot to kill. Some 33 states have this and it is so disgusting to me. Thanks for your article.

      • Terri Connett

      • July 16, 2013 at 9:51 am
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      I agree about racism rearing it’s ugly mug in a big way
      once a black man lived in the White House. Thanks for your comments!!

      • Quinton Santini

      • January 22, 2014 at 11:44 am
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      With your brother? That was an interesting ending.

      • Terri Connett

      • January 24, 2014 at 9:49 am
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      YEAH I did try. But he made it about guns. 🙁

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