‘The Wire’s David Simon Chimes in on Zimmerman Verdict
By David Simon
You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead.
In the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round. Come one, come all. And bring a handgun. The legislators are fine with this blood on their hands. The governor, too. One man accosted another and when it became a fist fight, one man — and one man only — had a firearm. The rest is racial rationalization and dishonorable commentary.
If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford.
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This type of reaction is even more frightening when you realize it will eventually fall on human ears. Fueling a narrative of racist violence will only create that ignorant reality, why do people feel the useless need to instigate dangerous behavior?