Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle
Jury institutionalizes vigilantism
By Sam Riddle
Special to the Michigan Citizen
The 1800s Dred Scott case has never been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. In the Scott decision, it was held that Blacks were “so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect,” so spoke Chief Justice Taney.
Facebook mind snack: There is no need to worry about being offensive. When these vigilantes can kill us at will that is offensive so go to Miss Manners Page because Stand Your Ground is Whitespeak for “It’s OK to kill niggahs.” Don’t like it? Get off this page.
The pain in the America of conscience is visceral. That America must not lament. That America must defend what America touts that America is the world over. LOL. Not gonna happen. White privilege is trending strong.
Murderous white vigilante justice was institutionalized by the Trayvon Martin jury verdict that was a reflection of that community’s fear/hatred of Black Americans. Had there been a Black defendant that whacked a white kid with that same jury, the result would have been completely different.
We have witnessed this perversion of justice before as back-in-the-day Deep South white jurors winked at white defendants that (everyone knew had castrated and lynched Black victims) were found innocent no matter what because Black life had no value. Better that every cracker shares the guilt to lessen the pain whites would feel if Black Americans were acknowledged as human beings worthy of justice.
The prosecution could not seem to prevent the dehumanization and demonization of Trayvon. The dehumanization of our people makes for easy kill justification. During an after-verdict press conference, I wanted the prosecutor to shut the f— up and just go away.
Be clear, we don’t need a legal analysis about the Trayvon Martin case. We need a human rights assessment of why Black Americans are an endangered species in this nation. When we look at the prisons and plight of single female-headed households, America stands indicted for having different standards of justice and compassion for Black Americans.
America has declared war on Black America and our children. Juxtapose the American injustice in Florida and the destruction of democracy in Detroit, America’s Blackest and poorest city; it is clear that white privilege is on autopilot.
Do not back down or compromise when they accuse you of playing the race card. Dammit, race matters and always will in an America whose history and treatment of Black Americans has been horrendous. If I had a million race cards, I’d play every damn one and still be behind our mistreatment at the hands of “I’m not racist” whites wallowing in white privilege.
Yet, as a Vietnam War era veteran, I know we must find common ground to assert our humanity as an American people, no matter the opportunity for estrangement. Without the institutionalization of hope to combat injustice, we are a nation that will eventually be torn asunder by evil and hatred.
Hope can be fueled by a full-scale federal investigation and prosecution of George Zimmerman. Couple that with a dose of real people direct action and America rocks on as Highway 10 in LA experiences a Trayvon shutdown a la the Motown/HP slowdown.
We must never let haters cause us to lose hope or dislike ourselves and never let haters make you weak in your faith. Keep the faith. Stay on the battlefield.