If Sanford Burns, Don’t Blame Me.

“You can’t blame me either. All I did was shoot a Black kid.”

Got a letter from a friend the other day.  Seems she had heard some Black folks were a little wound up about the George Zimmerman trial and she got freaked out they were going to do something about it if he walked.

So of course she sends me a series of e-mails demanding I do something about it.

When will blacks begin to address Their Own cultural problems, not only in relation to Western whites- but their own values and failures, and failures of values?  I guess if GZ is not convicted we can just wait for across the country race riots. Blacks are calling for killing white teens, especially in the suburbs,  in droves, ‘to see how it feels’. Now that is some civilized shit!  And you wonder why anyone is racist.  Whites are scared shitless of blacks. We are not Superior these days, we are frightened out of our minds with what has come from generational entitlements, crime, crack, endless poverty.  The NEW racism is not The OLD supremacist Mississippi racism, the new one is one of FEAR.

There is a lot of fear out there because black people are all over the place making real and specified threats of killing. The cops know it, the public knows it. Where are Jesse and Al now calling for calm? No..not them, this is their WET dream!

I simply cannot explain enough how we see this uncivilized behavior.  Black thugs scare the fuck out of the rest of us, that are not out killing people on the streets and doing stupid shit with a total lack of respect for life, like throwing bleach on people on trains, shooting each other, causing chaos, gang beating old people and just acting like fools for the sake of it. Sorry, it’s not ok no matter how you slice it. It’s cultural decadence gone wild. And, since we ‘whites’ have all the rights and privileges to end it, why has it not been done already? Tolerance. For no really good reason.

Perhaps you are not seeing the threats? Why would people not be afraid? Isn’t it normal to be afraid, when they’re TELLING you to BE AFRAID?  When people are saying, ‘we are going to kill your kids over this’ you have EVERY RIGHT to be afraid.

There is every good reason to fear black people, if you do not understand that, you have not taken a GOOD look at Black culture as it has evolved in the US.

L.A. burned in ’92. But I was at work that day.

Gee, I wonder if that’s the same kind of fear Trayvon felt just before this cowardly piece of trash shot him down?   I wonder if its anything like the fear young Black men like Trayvon and their parents felt knowing there were laws in place that provided legal protection for anyone who claimed a Black kid was acting “suspiciously” and they “feared for their life” so they killed in order not to be killed.

It really sucks to live in fear, doesn’t it?   But the only fear that matters is White fear.

Allow me to retort and rebut.

You keep telling me what others whom I don’t know are saying and expect me to be responsible for responding to it?

I not only can’t do that, I won’t do that.  I can no more be a spokesman for the entire Black race than you can be for the entire White race.  I certainly won’t take responsibility for what a few idiots are saying that has you all hot and bothered.

I am not here to reassure you there will be no violence if Zimmerman walks.  Even if I could tell 36 million African-Americans to be cool, I wouldn’t do it.   I don’t have the right to tell anyone else how they should feel or what they should do.  All I’m responsible for it what I feel and what I will do.

Here’s what I won’t do.

I won’t throw a brick through a window.  Any window.  Especially not my windows.  They’re still pretty new and I like them.

I won’t burn down any houses.  Particularly not my house.  I have some neighbors I don’t like so much, but I won’t burn down their house either.

I won’t hit anyone upside the head.  Not even with a brick.  You never know who has a concealed carry permit and that’s the wrong way to find out.

I won’t allow my wife or son or daughter to riot either.   And that’s all I can be reasonably expected not to do if George Zimmerman is acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin.   Yes, I said “murder.”  Trayvon was alive and now he’s dead and Zimmerman made him that way.   Whether he intended to kill him is a matter of degree of murder, but it’s still murder.

I hope there’s no violence.  I hope if there is any violence, it’s short, limited and over quickly.

But if there is violence I know this: it won’t be my fault.  It’s not my responsibility to prevent it or even try to stop it.   People will do what they feel they need to do.  It won’t help Trayvon.  He’ll still be dead.  It won’t hurt George Zimmerman.  He’ll be free (and probably looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life).

What’s the point of a riot?    No point as far as I can see, but then I don’t fit the profile of a likely rioter.

It might make someone feel like they’re doing something.   If they need to get out of them what’s bottled inside that badly then I guess throwing a brick or starting a fire or beating up some poor devil who has nothing to do with any of this might make them feel better.

It won’t make things any better, but with the present low state of race relations it won’t make things any worse either.  Martin Luther King said, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”  Maybe that’s what it takes to get Americans to listen.

Zimmerman going free would not be a good thing, but it’s not the worse thing either.  The worst thing has already happened with Trayvon’s death.  Killing or hurting someone else won’t make Trayvon any less dead.

Let me be clear.  I don’t want to see anyone get hurt.  I don’t want to see anybody else die.   Burning and looting and tearing shit up is not what I want to see in the aftermath of a Zimmerman acquittal.  Not at all.

It won’t surprise me if that is exactly what happens.   I’ll care, but if Sanford and other parts of the country goes up in flames, it’s not my fault.

You didn’t care when Zimmerman killed Martin. You didn’t care about this asinine Stand Your Ground law that gives idiots the right to kill and a get out of jail card if they say, “Hey, I was afraid for my life. I stood my ground and never mind if I started the fight.”

And now you expect the same people whom you have told in no uncertain terms “We have the legal right to kill your sons when they make us nervous” to rush to reassure you, “All is well. We’re cool.” You can whistle while you wait for that.

If a riot happens, a riot happens and there is nothing I, Jesse, Al, Barack or Jesus Christ can say to stop it from happening.

I don’t care about your fear.   Your unreasonable, irrational and racist fear is your problem, because if Sanford burns, you can blame George Zimmerman.   You can blame the failure on the justice system.  You can blame those who are rioting.   You can find someone to blame.

But you won’t blame me.

your fear

A Good Week To Be the Bad Guy

“Hey, this ain’t so bad after all.”

On the first day of George Zimmerman trial one of the defense attorneys thought he’d try to break up the tension in the room.  He told a knock-knock joke.

Nobody laughed.   The joke fell flat and nobody has tried to tell another joke since.   Not until last week when the general sentiment was the prosecution was getting hammered by Mark O’ Mara and the rest of the defense team.   Okay, things went pretty badly, but from some of the moaning and groaning over lead prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda occasionally faltering performance you might have been led to believe the jury not only had found Boy George “not guilty” they gave him a  public service award for killing Trayvon Martin.

I haven’t watched the trial.  Not a minute of it.  This is a subject that hits too close to home.   I admit I’m biased.  I think Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon and he killed him because some Black kid was where he shouldn’t be: in his neighborhood.

From most reports I’ve read some of the witnesses did a better job for the defense than the prosecution that called them to testify.   The main offender was detective Chris Serino who may have sabotaged the trial.

Sanford Police Investigator Chris Serino, who interrogated Zimmerman, told the jury he concluded the defendant was either telling the truth or was a pathological liar. At that point lead defense attorney Mark O’Mara asked, “Do you think he was telling the truth?”

Prosecutors should have objected to the question, analysts said, but they remained silent.

“Yes,” Serino replied.

They objected the next day, when Judge Debra Nelson ruled witnesses were not supposed to comment on the credibility of other witnesses because it was the jury’s job to decide who to believe. She ordered the jury to ignore that exchange, which means it cannot be mentioned in closing arguments and they should not consider it during deliberations, but her ruling also called further attention to what Serino said

Bernie’s not-so-good, bad, horrible week.

While social media was having its evil fun beating up on Rachel Jeantel, the witness that may have done the greatest harm to the prosecution’s case was a cop with a big mouth while the prosecution sat there dumbly.   From the beginning it was well-known the Sanford cop shop was sympathetic to Zimmerman.  Maybe they hung out pounding donuts and shooting the breeze about the “fucking punks” that were ripping off everything that wasn’t nailed down in Boy George’s hood.

If things go shit side up,  save some blame for Serino if his town starts burning to the ground.

Will there be a riot goin’ on in Sanford?  I hope not, but if it does it will be because the legal system failed Trayvon and his family.   I’m seeing a lot more pessimism and fatalism in my news feed over how the trial is going so far than optimism.    Summer is here.  Temperatures are rising.   There’s people with blood in their eyes and they may not be in the mood for any more injustice.

I’ve already seen in my news feed some calling for Sanford to be burned to the ground if George Zimmerman goes free.

Don’t laugh. It might just work.

Some are predicting if Zimmerman isn’t convicted, we’re going to see a replay of the 1992 L.A. riots.  The fury that set Los Angeles on fire is simmering on a low flame, but do not doubt that it is still there.     Those that demanded justice for Trayvon allowed the system to take its sweet time in arresting Zimmerman when the Sanford cops and district attorney just turned palms up and shrugged their shoulders.

They have gritted their teeth and watched as Zimmerman gamed the system (remember Judge Nelson is the third judge appointed to the case) and suffered with quiet restraint as the legal team smeared Trayvon’s reputation with leaks about his school records and drug usage.    Nobody threw a brick through any windows when Zimmerman set up a website to ask for funds for his defense and then scammed the suckers by using the money to pay off his credit cards.

Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie was charged with perjury after lying  during a bond hearing about $135,000  the couple had concealed while claiming indigent.    The rest of Zimmerman’s family is no prize either.  Little brother Robert sent out some racist tweets, Mama Gladys  penned a letter on the one-year anniversary of her sonny boy arrest saying it was done  “solely to placate the masses” as she quite deliberately omitted any reference to the real victim, Trayvon Martin.   Finally, Robert Sr., made his contribution by scribbling a whiny self-published e-book where he blamed practically every African-American in America as the “true racists.”

Nice family George is part of, but it does explain a lot about his attitudes.   The Coreleones have nothing on the Zimmermans.

Why aren’t THEY laughing? Because nothing’s funny.

If Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s parents,  aren’t calling for rioting in the streets, NOBODY else should be either.   There will be some asshole trying to stir things up, but I hope like hell everyone tunes those fools right out.  A riot might seem like a perfectly sensible reaction to allowing a killer to go free, but it won’t help anything and it won’t change anything.    It won’t get Zimmerman and it won’t bring Trayvon back, so what is accomplished but to make Black people look exactly like the savages the Zimmerman supporters say we are?

Vengeance is not ours.   There are reasons to riot, but deluding yourself it will get justice for Trayvon Martin is not one of them.

If Zimmerman walks due to the ineptitude of the prosecution there will be those who see a “not guilty” verdict as proof the fix was in from the jump.  They may have a point.    There was a day in court where George Zimmerman smiled and laughed in response to what one witness said.  I did not like that smile.  Not one bit.

You know who hasn’t found a single thing to laugh about?   Trayvon Martin’s parents.

I’m a realist, not an optimist. I hope for the best and expect the worst. That way when the best happens I’m pleasantly surprised and when the worst occurs, I’m never disappointed.

The trial is not over.  There’s still chances to wipe that smile off of George Zimmerman’s ugly face.

A riot is not justice.

Could L.A’s Ugly Past Be Sanford’s Possible Future?

A whole new meaning to "fire sale."

I have never been to Los Angeles.  I don’t know anyone who lives in Los Angeles.  Everything I know about Los Angeles comes second-hand.   Yet it was 20 years ago my first gig as a paid freelancer came when I wrote about the 1992 L.A. riots after the acquittal of the police officers who beat motorist Rodney King.

I can’t read that article now without wincing.  It’s earnest and sincere, but it’s overwrought, poorly thought out and badly written.  It’s not that I regret what I said when I was in my mid-Thirties, and  I am not afraid of being angry, I’m not that angry young man anymore.

I’m gratified former Time magazine correspondent Sylvester Monroe who covered the uprising in L.A. wrote a remembrance of where he was 20 years ago and what has changed since then.

The 1992 Los Angeles riots were one of the biggest stories of my career and among the most personal. I wasn’t just a reporter covering the worst civil unrest in modern U.S. history. I was also an African-American man and father of an adolescent son ever mindful of close encounters of the worst kind with the police.

Reporting on the six days of deadly violence and vandalism following the acquittals of four white L.A. police officers tried for the brutal, videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King resonated with me even more than the trial itself. In nearly 10 years as a Los Angeles correspondent for Time magazine, I was never stopped by the LAPD. As a young teenager, my son, Jason, was ticketed once for jaywalking. We paid a $50 fine and that was the end of it. But we both were always wary.

Twenty years later, relations between the Los Angeles police and the city’s black citizens are light-years beyond the tinderbox atmosphere that once prevailed, thanks to extensive police reforms, including a much-touted commitment to community policing, increased external oversight and more enlightened department leadership. Many black Angelenos now believe there has been so much progress that what happened in 1992 could not happen again. At least not in the same way.

One reason is that despite some ongoing racial tension, the people of Los Angeles generally get along much better than they did at the time of King’s famously plaintive plea: “Can we all just get along?”

“I do not feel it could happen again because [the police] are now accountable to us and want to be,” says Lawrence Tolliver, also black, who owns a popular barbershop just blocks from the infamous intersection of Florence and Normandie Avenues where white truck driver Reginald Denny was dragged from his truck and almost beaten to death by young black men right after the King trial verdicts. “If something like [the King beating] did happen today, it would be a lot different than in 1992. They would investigate it, and the current police chief would not let it get to that point. We have a lot more impact on the department now.”

The answer is, "Maybe, but it's not going to be easy."

That may be true for L.A., but not for every city around the nation. As Los Angeles marks the 20th anniversary of its riotous past, national attention is now firmly fixed on yet another racially charged assault. In the Trayvon Martin case, the Sanford, Fla., police did not shoot the unarmed 17-year-old black teenager. But police handling or mishandling of the case and how it is resolved in court could make Trayvon this generation’s Rodney King. For what has not changed in two decades is continued excessive force against black males (and females) by law enforcement officers and others who claim they were afraid for their lives.

If George Zimmerman is exonerated and rioting does occur, that would be unjustified and unfortunate, but not wholly unexpected. When there is one standard of justice for Whites and a separate and unequal one for Blacks and it is shrugged off as no big thing it breeds the lack of respect for the American system of justice and all its representatives that is decried by its most ardent defenders. If peaceful civil disobedience is denigrated as rabble rousing and counter-productive, then once legitimate means of redress are choked off, violent reactions become inevitable.

Americans are not people who quietly suffer their lot in life with hand-wringing and hushed voices. They raise hell about everything from high taxation without representation, unjust wars, government that becomes too big, bloated and intrusive and for civil rights and equal protection under the law. Faith in, and compliance with the rules and laws of a civilized society can only be maintained as long as they are equally and fairly applied regardless of race, color, creed, orientation, power, influence or connection.

If no one should be considered above the law then no one should be considered below the law.   That includes Trayvon Martin as much as it does George Zimmerman.

King was everything Martin wasn’t.  A large Black man with a criminal record who was breaking the law and might have been stoned then.   King was a victim of police brutality while Martin faced off with an overzealous vigilante-slash-police-wannabee and.though King was a victim, he wasn’t entirely innocent.  .

No one else should be hurt or die due to what happened one night in Sanford, Florida. The hope is justice will prevail and everyone involved will be treated in a fair and equitable way. But if anyone believes what happened in 1992 can’t happen again they have not paid attention to the bitterly learned lessons of Los Angeles very well.

Rodney King was not innocent, but he was a victim.