To My Fellow White People: An Open Letter

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Dear White People,

I think I like you well enough. I had better. I am one of you, after all. But today, Lordy. Today some of you are making me so furious that I literally don’t have screams enough to hurl at you.

By now I hope you are aware of the killing of Trayvon Martin and the continuing outrage at the fact that his killer remains at large, apparently indemnified by racism and bad laws. If you aren’t aware of this story, here is a very brief summary. I know, though, that a lot of you are aware of it, since some of you are talking about it. It’s what you are saying–and I’m sure many more of you are thinking– about it that has pushed me over an edge.

Some of you–not going to name names, you will figure out who you are– are saying, or thinking, that in one way or another Trayvon is at fault for his own murder. You are saying, or thinking, “He should have known that he looked suspicious with that hoodie on.” “He should have known that someone like him would come across as threatening.” “He shouldn’t have felt afraid of the large man following him and chasing after him.” You are saying, or thinking, exactly the same sort of thing that some of you say, or think, about rape victims: They should have known what a dangerous world it is for them out there and they should have dressed and carried themselves accordingly, so as not to invite bad things to happen to them.

Never mind, of course, that the people who do these bad things are responsible for what they say, think, and do, too. Never mind, of course, that the people who actually do racist, sexist things are emboldened and enabled by the way that good folks who would never, ever in a million years think of doing such things continually blame their victims and not them. No, racists and rapists are just a fact of life in your worldview, like severe weather; women and people of color have to dodge them, take cover, be on the lookout, but we certainly can’t think that there’s something we might do about them.

Some of you get angry when I talk like this. You protest that you would never do racist things or commit rape. You are just making an observation. You don’t mean to say anything racist or sexist. Then I point out to you the difference between intent and impact. You might not mean to say racist things, but the things you are saying just are racist. The very fact that you have to appeal to the purity of your intentions to cleanse your words should provide you with a hint. Neither your good intentions or mine have magical powers. If you said something that was racist, your good intentions, assuming they are good, mean at best that you need to be far more careful in what you say and think. Learn from it in all humility and try to do better next time. Trust me, I’ve been there many times.

Some of you get even angrier at being told this. How unfair, you protest! Isn’t it a free country anymore? Now I have to police what I say and think? Yes, of course you do! I was raised in rural Kentucky to believe that people are supposed to think carefully before they say things and consider the impact my words have on others. This is just what good people do. However hard it is in practice, it isn’t all that complicated a concept. Why is this somehow forgotten, though, when the others aren’t other white people? Do you really want or need me to answer that question out loud?

Here’s what angers me the most, though: It’s that you can’t see, or refuse to see, that this distinction between intent and impact is the very same distinction to which you appeal when you blame Trayvon for his own murder or when you blame rape victims for their own rapes. You are saying, in effect, Trayvon may not have meant to get shot, but he should have known that wearing his hoodie up like that would make him look threatening to the world. He should have known better. How is that not the same distinction? Why do you get to use this distinction against Trayvon, an innocent child, without anyone getting to use it against you when you try to explain away the actions of the man who killed him? Why? Why does Trayvon or any other person of color have to carry cognitive and volitional burdens you don’t? Why are your comfort and ease and your precious feelings and your ability to mouth off whenever you want about whatever you want so damned important? Why do black kids have to learn to pay for your peace of mind and self-esteem by having to worry about whether what they are wearing might contribute to them getting hunted down in the street? Why is this a privilege you get and he doesn’t? Why can’t you see that this is as blatantly unfair as saying that some spaces are whites only? Why?

Some of you may be thinking, “Brian, you’re not just saying that everyone has to be mindful of what they say and think. You’re saying that as a white person I have to be on my guard in a way people of color don’t. You’re saying I have a heavier burden to carry in this respect than they do.” Actually I doubt many of you would put it so carefully. Usually you– not all of you, not going to name names, you will know who you are–simply cry, “reverse racism!”, then fold your arms and think you’ve made your point. Except you’re simply wrong about this. Notice I didn’t say that we have a difference of opinion about this. You are just wrong. A young black man walking down the street wearing a hoodie is just not inherently threatening, unless, of course, you insist on seeing it that way, and that says more about you than it does the man. Saying and thinking “young black men wearing hooded sweatshirts look threatening,” though, perpetuates the notion that young black men just are threatening. The social facts are simply different on either side in a way that tracks a differential distribution of power. Also, let’s not forget the fact that if we are keeping score on who bears the heavier burdens overall under systemic racism, white folks can bear this burden and still come out way ahead.

We white folks do have a big burden to carry in this one respect, it’s true. We have to be very careful and mindful in discussions of race. But this is not the fault of people of color. At all. What is at fault is the fact that the situations in which we find ourselves are constructed in racist ways that give us privileges we haven’t earned. What white folks should be upset about is the racist legacy left to us by our own forbears. We find ourselves in situations where ignorance is bliss and knowledge is sometimes painful. We have to do hard work, because we can get by just fine by looking the other way; we have to sacrifice time and comfort. After doing so, we might still feel awkward. This work isn’t easy.

I have to believe, though, that at the end of the day us white folks need to learn how to detach our self-esteem from a blind, innocent faith in our own inherent goodness. It’s the only way this cycle ever stops. We also need to learn how to shut our mouths and listen, something that I myself have problems doing if the length of this post is any indication. Maybe, just maybe, what we white people think matters, but isn’t of paramount concern. Perhaps we aren’t the ones to redeem history and humanity; perhaps we alone aren’t capable of redeeming anything from the murder of innocent Trayvon Martin. The least we can do, though, is not stand in the way.

Sincerely,

Brian Cubbage

38 thoughts on “To My Fellow White People: An Open Letter

  1. uncletweety

    Well said. Happily (for them), I’ve not heard anyone spout that “shoulda known” garbage. Bad enogh that it takes a national uproar to prompt an investigation into the stalking and murder of a child armed only with a bag of Skittles. For white people to suggest that child was somehow at fault is a sign that, for all our education and technology and “enlightened” talk, we wish we were back on the plantation. God have mercy on us.

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    1. bcubbage

      Lord, hear our prayer. Thanks, John. Your praise in particular means a great deal to me. I wish I had half your energy and courage. I find you tremendously inspiring, more than you probably know.

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  2. barbvaughan

    Thank you, Brian. Well said. The comparison to those who blame the victim in other, more sexually charged situations, is spot on. I confess I struggle with my own privilege. And yes, one has to think before one speaks and take a step back when images create feelings of uncertainty and fear. May God send wisdom and enlightenment that opens our minds and hearts.

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  3. MamiSili

    Outstanding. Thank you for this. I wrote a post about this today but you succinctly state the things that I cannot broach out of the knowledge that people will get wrapped up in who it’s coming from as opposed to the message. Well said, sir.

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  4. Ben

    This is well written, but the story has blown up too quickly. All of the facts are not out yet and we do not yet know why they did not charge the shooter. Additionally, I disagree with the linked summary that if it was a black officer shooting a white boy that both would have been tested. If anything, this country has become so afraid of any type of racial issues that the authorities go out of their way to make it a non-issue. In this case, a HISPANIC male shot a black boy. It is an EXTREME tragedy and justice should ABSOLUTELY be found. However, I think that only a primitive mind should jump to the conclusion that it was a racial issue. In order for race to no longer be a factor in our society, we need to simply look at the facts and ignore the color of the perpetrator and victim’s skin.

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    1. immonsterskitten

      It takes a supremely naive or deluded mind to think this is NOT about race.

      Your statements come across to me as basically saying, “It’s only racism when a white man shoots a black kid. It’s not racism when a Latino shoots a black kid after chasing him down and uttering the words, ‘F***ing coons. They always get away.’ ” A Latino can’t be a bigot because he’s brown? Is that it? Does that mean it’s not racism if a black person shoots a Latino after calling him ‘spic’ or ‘beaner’?
      And the facts that Trayvon had his cellphone on him, with his family contacts in it, and no attempt was made to call them to identify his body mean nothing? He was a John Doe in the morgue for THREE DAYS. His family reported him missing, and only then did police consider that this kid might have a family that would notice his absence. It’s not just about the SHOOTER’s bigotry, it’s also about the bigotry on the part of the police and District Attorney’s office that dropped the investigation and let this murdering bigot walk free. This would not have happened to a white kid. But then, a white kid probably wouldn’t have been chased down and shot because a hoodie made him look like he was “up to no good”. Zimmerman might have a psychiatric problem, he might be merely a bully or think of himself as a vigilante saving his neighborhood and in his excitement let slip with a racial epithet he didn’t really mean. I am willing to (painfully, and against my better judgement) stretch my imagination this far, but the actions of law enforcement have no excuse. NONE.
      I hope I merely misinterpreted your words. But the point of this letter is to emphasize to all of us how important it is for us to stop and consider how our words will impact others before speaking or writing them, so our meaning is not misunderstood.

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  5. Cat

    According to the article, the shooter claimed to be attacked after he left off. Let’s wait until there’s info on the truth of that, before being racist and assuming ourselves. And, a note, as I remember from my youth, police and security guards were always suspicious to any of us out alone at night. And my blonde curls sure didn’t make a difference.

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  6. Dr Puzzle

    It’s simpler than all that. A redneck “Tackleberry” who could not be trusted as a real, professional police officer bullies his way into a position of false authority, carries a weapon quite legally, then ignores police instructions relayed through 911 to leave it to the police. It is not a case of black and white, it is a case of bully in action. No, black and white did not help; but, at the same time,this kneejerk dirtbag would have blasted someone else if he felt like it.

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    1. bcubbage

      I am certainly willing to concede that there is a level at which the matter is that simple. But context matters. What this analysis overlooks is (a) the reasons that exist for thinking that Zimmerman felt threatened by Trayvon in particular because of his race, and (b) the fact that we are about a month on and Zimmerman is not even arrested, much less charged with a crime. Isn’t it almost worse to say that there are “kneejerk dirtbags” in the world and then shrug our shoulders and say, “Well, guess we can’t do anything about that, we just gotta keep this one in circulation”?

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  8. Angel T

    Admittingly I have felt this way several times in my life. That clear chill of discomfort of feeling like someone is staring at me because I am the only brown skinned person in a room. The same if not more about being objectified as a woman in a room full of men, whether at work or anywhere. I try to convince myself that it is due to my own insecurities or maybe there is an ounce of self hatred for the fact that I am the only one probably isn’t judging in the room. The reality is hard to face because I have so many people that I love of many colors but it cuts deep when there are clearly things that are not equivalent in life. As a young black woman who has 2 children and grown up in a difficult situation with not such good credit, still trying to work on getting my degree I don’t expect any handouts. But I don’t expected to be looked on condescendingly because of these things, when I anything but a statistic! But it is painful to be told things looking at a girl of another race in my same situation receive sympathy, and admiration for overcoming obstacles and afforded opportunities for her and her children that I am not privy to. It is unfair! I don’t want welfare! I want a chance to be encouraged and believed in and for me and my husband to raise two beautiful black boys and they have opportunity for life and education. I cannot afford daycare because my husband works yet doesn’t make enough, my husband and I have no family support but my newly turned 4 year old can read! My 2 year old has an admiration for reading and math because I want them to be looked as more than their color!

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    1. bcubbage

      Angel, thank you so much for reading and sharing. It means a lot to me, more than you can possibly imagine. To echo j, God’s grace, peace and blessings be with you and your family.

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  9. de Jure

    I applaud your intent, but your YOUR impact is derived from the very same logic that your decry. I haven’t followed the details of this story, but any vigilante shooting of anyone is a sad day in our country, regardless of race. But you are critical of those who jump to conclusions in their faulty logic in assuming that a person ‘should’ have known the potential consequences of wearing a hoodie, but you don’t mind using the same logic in journalistic support of your argument … when the L.A. Times article said, “Further, the family insists, if a black officer had shot a white teen, he would have been charged and held — and drug and alcohol tests would have been carried out on the officer and not just the victim, who in this case was drug-free.” Isn’t an assumption in logic being made here that is just as guilty as what you criticize in your blog? People assuming a fact that that is based on a mix of stereotype and some fact mixed in?

    It seems at this point that all the facts have yet to emgerge on exactly what happened, as in inquest has yet to be held. But in the meantime, you might consider restraining your own jumps in conclusion with a logic that is also based in part on stereotypical racial thinking. Your intent is good, but it’s a question of the resulting impact.

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  10. Erik

    I have not seen the details of why he said he shot the kid. I know he said self defense but I want to see what he said. It was said that Trayvon was on the phone at the time of the shooting. Who was he talking to? Does Trayvon live in this area? I have not seen why Trayvon was where he was. I thought I read “gated community”. Was he headed home, to a friends, or what? I am not sure I agree with the hoody thing not being “threatening”. What was the weather like? Was it raining If someone, black or white, is wearing a hoody, how do you know what color he is? If the guy was behind him, how did he know he was black? As a former police officer, I had an african american yelling at me when I approached him telling me I pulled him over because he was black. I had no idea what color he was. My Radar Gun checked him speeding, that is why I pulled him over. I think, once again, the media and other people, are deciding this case without all the facts. Society has turned this into a black and white thing again. By looking at the shooter, isnt he hispanic. If I was out walking and this guy came up to me, I would say he is hispanic. How did the whites get drug into this debate. I heard it best said yesterday on a news program that was talking about Obama’s comments. “The shooter is as much hispanic as Obama is Black.” So if that is the case why is Obama even getting involved. You are not even suppose to wear a hoody into a bank. They have signs posted that you are not to wear sunglasses, ball caps, or hoodies. I dont care what color you are if you are walking down the street in a hoody and you are hiding your face. I think most people will think you are trying to hide from something. Just like when you are walking down the street with your pants around your knees people think you ought to pull your pants up and put a freaking belt on. We are a judgemental and stereotyping society. We have no one to blame but our selves. We have ALL created the Watch Captains and the Trayvon’s in this world. This is very tragic and possibly an accident. Maybe he shot the kid cuz he freaked out, had poor gun control or whatever and then instead of coming clean made up this big lie about self defense. The only people who really know are the shooter and the victim. And God, of course. We had a double homicide a few blocks from my house. Obama didnt mention anything about them. Obama is using this as an election ploy. Way to go Obama.

    In regard to bringing rape and sexual assault into this. I think that is poor journalism on the authors part. Just another way to incite the public.

    This is all just my opinion.

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    1. Mark Carlson

      If you are only getting your news from fox you are not getting the details. The 911 calls dealing with this are online. The details of why Trayvon Martin was there are very easily found. The shooter was told by the 911 dispatcher was told to back off – the police were on the way. You should know the details before you rush to judgment.

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      1. Erik

        I don’t believe I made a judgement. I obviously said I don’t have all the facts. I find it ironic that most everyone else on here has made judgement based on what they read and hear on the Internet. We were not there. It is of for us to decide. Does prejudice exist, absolutely. How do we stop it, education.

      2. Mark Carlson

        I am basing my judgment on the 911 tapes and eyewitness accounts not third hand bloggers. Yes, I think it is for us to decide – as represented by a jury of peers.

    2. CT

      Yes, it was raining.

      Trayvon was in the neighborhood because he was visiting someone who lived there.

      He knew Trayvon was black because he reported to the 911 operator that the child was black. Zimmerman also told the 911 operator that he was following Travyon, and continued to do so even after the operator told him not to do it.

      Honestly? Considering you relayed that your profession was as a policeman, I am surprised you didn’t look up these facts that were previously reported. You wrote your opinion without trying to look up the facts?

      I’m also pretty tired of people saying that racism had nothing to do with it just because the shooter is hispanic. Any person, of any race/culture/ethnicity can be prejudiced against any other person. My grandparents are Vietnamese, but they discriminate against other cultures/ethnicities. In that same way, Zimmerman’s ethnicity does not automatically keep him from being prejudiced against Trayvon.

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      1. Erik

        I see what ur saying CT. All I was trying to say is that no one knows EXACTLY what happened. We never will. Too many cases are decided in the media before the truth ever comes out. I was not saying that because the shooter was Hispanic it couldn’t be racist. Of course it could be. I was trying to raise various questions that people may have not thought of. I wasn’t making a judgement on the case because I wasn’t there and don’t have the facts. You commented on “looking up the facts”. I don’t believe that finding stuff
        On the Internet is “fact finding”. I don’t believe half of what I read in the Internet or the media. They print and write what ever will get them more hits or sales.

  11. Dawn Richard

    Interesting read from a person north of the 49. The canadian news have released the 911 tapes and explanation of the statute in Florida that the shooter is using to effectively ‘get off’ the charge of murder (stand your ground). No country, region or city is immune from misunderstanding, micro-aggression and condemnation. What I have found in my own life is people make excuses/reasonings based on the above out of just plain fear of acknowledging the truths of a situation. Facing the truths mean facing the inherent responsibilities that go along with it. The excuses I am hearing and viewing reek of the lack of responsibility taking. As long as people don’t take some responsibility for the ills of society, society will continue to provide the veil of denial that history has shown provides the foundation of persecution based on an group’s assumed characteristic.
    The shooter had appointed himself as security for the walled housing subdivision. This tells me he carried with him a skewed sense of need to protect self and his immediate environment perhaps based on his own previous history, mental health, power and control needs etc? It would be interesting to hear from the other inhabitants of the complex what their thoughts are of the shooter and his fit in the community. Everyone has the right to feel safe, everyone has the right to feel secure, but NO ONE has the right to take a life based only on interpretation of observations that are erroneous and misguided to say the least.

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    1. bcubbage

      Dawn, you raise interesting points. I don’t know the answers to the questions you raise regarding Zimmerman. I have read some remarks here and there, but I don’t claim to have a full digest of whatever there is to know on that subject.

      Thank you for reading, and peace be with you.

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  12. mellkoh

    Fantastic post!!! And just for the record, I was wearing a hoodie all day yesterday. My husband wears one all the time at work. Personally, I find them far more relaxed and inviting, than threatening!! But then again, I am one of those neo-liberal Canadian whack jobs who believes in gun control!! What would I know about threatening?!? 😉

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  13. Charles Whiteside

    Wow the ignorance of what you just started this off with, “To my fellow White People”! Im sorry but from what I can tell the guy that idiotically did this is of Latino descent but even if he looked like Beaver Cleaver that is the dumbest title I can think off and just as racist as what your trying to say!!!!! Let’s be real for just a sec racism is a part of life on every continent in this world and will never end! The only way that you can combat this plague is a checking yourself and teaching your children how wrong it is, and even that is guaranteed so again it all comes down to your actions and I’m sorry but starting an article with those words attached is just fanning the flames of racism against caucasians(aka: white people)!!!!! So you must check yourself first and then you may speak about what a tragedy this was! I tend to agree with you that race has played a part in this but whose to say what was in that man’s heart! As shady as this looks & seems to be I’m not god nor are you and as far as I know I wasn’t there and neither were you!!!
    In the end we can only be responsible for what we ourselves do and say(or WRITE)! So please check your own ego & thoughts also your words along with your writing before you become part of the story of anger and racism and we forget about the real tragedy which is the loss of human life to something so petty as a neighborhood watch!!!!!

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    1. bcubbage

      Charles, I am not sure exactly how to respond. If calling white people “white people” is racist, then it would seem that there is no non-racist way to discuss race. Perhaps this is your point. Also, as both the title of my post and its content make clear, I identify as white. So to the extent that I engage in anything remotely like the kind of stereotyping that people of color experience (something I don’t think I’m doing), I fully include myself in the scope of that. That is part of my point: I am as white as any other white person, I’m just trying to own up to what that means.

      Beyond that, I would encourage you to read my longer general comment below.

      Peace be with you, and I hope this comment finds you well.

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  14. Raheemah Raheem

    white folks have been wearing hooks ever since they came out of the hills and caves od Europe. Is this an exclusive dress code for them. They started up again wearing them in the 60’s a fashion. Sto makine excuses and get down to
    the nitty gritty. Prosecute! Prosecute!! Prosecute!!!

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  15. bcubbage

    Everyone,

    I apologize for the length of time it has taken me to make an appearance in the comments here. Since I moderate all comments, I have read all of them so far, but circumstances have not allowed me an opportunity to respond thoughtfully. As a perusal of the rest of this site will show, I am not a prolific, much less professional, blogger, and I am not accustomed to much by way of comments.

    I will respond to some of the comments directly above, but I will generally observe two things. The first is that I have so far approved every single comment this post has received. As my comment policy states, I reserve the right to block or unapprove any comment at my sole discretion. Early on, though, I felt it important to give commenters fairly wide latitude. It was clear that even when people were expressing points of view I found problematic, they were expressing their actual reactions, and so I wanted “the record” to show the different reactions people were having. It is my opinion that fair-minded people will find the entire comment thread instructive just as it stands.

    I also want to state unequivocally that I stand by both the substantive content of my post and the way in which I expressed it. I not only think that race is fundamentally entwined in the whole situation surrounding Trayvon’s murder, I also think that it is entirely legitimate to react to the injustice of this situation emotionally. I don’t think my emotions prove anything in particular in their own right; it’s just that the facts as I understand them (and yes, I have been paying attention to reportage from a wide variety of sources regarding the underlying factual record) merit a strong reaction, whether anger or grief or sadness or a complicated mix of all of them. If this doesn’t engage your emotions, and this can’t engage mine, then what on Earth can?

    Many people of color I know have an even deeper set of reasons for being emotionally invested in this case. For they are more accustomed to seeing and noticing and remembering, in a way that white folks don’t, the wide variety of cases that send the message that black lives and black bodies are expendable. Stories abound. Trayvon is a particularly glaring case, especially in light of the fact that his killer is identified and still at large, but he is not alone. My own city of Louisville, Kentucky, to stay close to home, has regular police-involved shootings of young people of color under varying but questionable circumstances. And for people of color raising boys, Trayvon’s killing strikes at profound and legitimate fears they have for their own kids. The net effect of it all is that, no matter what happens, no matter how careful they are, no matter how “good” they are, their kids could end up dead and the justice system would tell them it was powerless to do anything about it.

    If you have even the slightest inclination to contest the above paragraph, I strongly suggest you read this first: http://blacksnob.com/snob_blog/2012/3/20/no-apologizes-on-the-killing-of-trayvon-martin-and-being-goo.html

    The most harrowing and disgusting thing about this particular situation for me is this: There is no question who killed Trayvon, and a common-sense view of the facts would suggest that he should at least be subject to arrest and face possible charges. Arrest and arraignment are not conviction; a full and fair investigation might exculpate Zimmerman, or perhaps the interests of justice would call for a plea to lesser charges. This is how the criminal justice system is supposed to work, last I checked. Yet this is apparently not how Sanford, Florida works. The facts strongly suggest that George Zimmerman, invested with no police authority, defied the advice of a 911 dispatcher, chased down Trayvon, and ended up killing him out of a profoundly exaggerated estimation of the threat he posed. In Sanford, Florida, this set of facts does not even appear to count as probable cause that a crime may have been committed.

    So you can see, I hope, how being told “Now now, let’s not be hasty, let’s wait for more facts to come in” sounds, especially to people trying to parent young black kids, “There’s got to be evidence around here somewhere I can cling to that will let me not care about you and your kids anymore and go back to my life.” And what good are more facts if none of those facts have any purchase on what ends up happening? If none of those facts has any role to play in an official ruling on whether George Zimmerman committed a crime? I have heard concern for due process brought in to encourage the outraged to back off. But considerations of due process only matter if there IS a legal process, and in this case there is only the beginning of a hint of a process because of the widespread outrage. Without that, Zimmerman walks free and Trayvon is just another statistic. There is little point in mere scorekeeping. What is the point of that? People and communities of color KNOW that score well enough already, whether you do or not. I recommend paying attention.

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  17. Wayne

    Brian,

    I have blogged on your racist intent.

    I grew up “DWW.” Driving While White. I have been threatened by police. One time I had to call 911 and specifically mention that I knew their calls were taped, and that I was requesting a supervisor, because I did not want to get shot.

    Three hours freezing in the cold – he ordered me to roll down the windows at gun point. He drew his fire arm at least six times.

    That cop was ‘white.’

    So, that wasn’t about race, but about his anger.

    Racism is evil.

    But, blaming white America for what white England did to us was wrong. But, that might have shown your intent for your blog.

    But, racism in all forms is wrong. But, the problems are much greater than that.

    It is wrong to justify racism; it is wrong to accept racism; and it is wrong to encourage racism.

    But, the problem is greater than that. The problem is that some people are taking advantage of the freedoms afforded to the ‘western’ world.

    These people bully others. Whether it is by words, deed, or by violence, they demand what is theirs and what is someone else’s.

    And all of that needs to stop.

    Profiteering off of this young black MAN is wrong. Covering up a murder is equally wrong.

    Being a judge and jury on the internet is easy to accomplish. And you will always have a court to entertain.

    But, after the synthetic courts have stirred up more hatred and problems, real people will have to live with the results.

    Maybe you and other bloggers will examine their intent. Maybe they will begin to try to heal wounds rather than to incite anger and more violence.

    But, I won’t hold my breath.

    Wayne

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  18. Aura

    Well. After reading all this, I can only ask, “Yes, why isn’t the shooter under arrest and/or under investigation?” I read all the comments, as well. Even if a cop shoots a person, they have to be put on paid administrative leave and investigated. Why isn’t this being investigated? It is just plain weird. Can anyone point me in the direction of the “official” story? What are the authorities claiming? Again, weird.

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