So I recently saw Django-the one where Jamie Foxx got to kill all the while people-and thought....Wow, they were very mean to black people in that era (duh), but the point was...it would not occur to me now that another human in our society would be treated so badly. Our society is pretty color blind, most of the current "issues" are manifested by a small, vocal, portion of the population angry about a smaller segment of the population who still harbor dumb ideas. These dumb people don't represent me and I am not responsible for them.
In the civil rights era, true injustice was addressed. Its been almost 50 years. As our President said, some act like nothing has changed.
Does it not occur to the pseudo oppressed that they are being used? Used as always for money and power?
Then there is the Zman and Trayvon. That lesion is nothing about race and more about forgotten responsibilities. Like acting like a responsible person, presenting yourself well, like the proverbial (as Mothers say) wearing clean underwear.
Trayvon had previously acted like a punk (gangsta), proudly I think...did he learn the life lesions of walk away from trouble, treat others (especially your elders) with respect, watch you language?...Do you think Trayvon knew these things? Do you think a society where the a young man who acted like a gangsta would be corrected, counseled and told to shape up, would be a society where many break in's occurred and resulted in the need for neighborhood watchmen? Do you think a man like Trayvon can be told to shape up? What would be the response? Positive or accusatory?
This was not about race, its about...
And no I was not there, I don't know if Zman was the bad guy, but consider the following from IBD:
The bias of Nelson, Florida Circuit Court judge and a lifelong Democrat, in favor of the prosecution and its efforts to railroad Zimmerman as a racist murderer has been palpable throughout the case. Her actions, which have actively aided the state, could poison jurors and factor into future litigation.
Her shameful rulings and behavior, therefore, are worth cataloging, and include:
• Suppressing exculpatory evidence recovered from the (double-password-protected) cell phone of Trayvon Martin that reveal deleted texts of the 17-year-old bragging about street-fighting with friends and relatives and photos showing him brandishing guns, gangsta-style. This evidence supports Zimmerman's claim he feared Martin and shot in self-defense.
• Disallowing Martin's criminal background, including arrests by Miami-Dade school district police for drugs, theft, graffiti and other delinquent behavior. (Martin, in fact, had been suspended from school the week he jumped Zimmerman inside his gated townhouse complex, after police found stolen jewelry and burglary tools inside his backpack.)