Is It Really My Fault?

The Jordan Davis trial ended in a most bizarre manner. Michael Dunn was rung up for shooting at kids he did not kill and is temporarily “walking” for the kid he did kill. Dunn will do 60 years for not being able to control himself.

A White Guy with a gun who is afraid of African-American kids. It isn’t the first time or the last.

But we get the Zimmerman Cycle to start up again – White Guy in Fear gets to pull a trigger – let’s rip the dead kid.

I put this graphic out on a few places on Facebook. It hit a nerve from the initial reactions.


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The problem is not African-American kids being kids anymore.

It is my race; the Euro-Centric-American over-privileged class who thinks it is still ok to settle a score with a bullet. Wanna get a pizza afterwards?

Hey our race can call the all the other groups – THEM – not US. It is time we really look into the mirror. What are we afraid of? Letting THEM up? Why? Are we looking at the world in that much of a zero sum game; if someone else gets ahead, it is coming out of what “my” team can achieve?

At what point do we become Americans?

Seriously, my family did not show up in the USA until the late 1800’s. After the Civil War. After the African American Slave population built the economic infrastructure of the South for free. After much of the country was made great on a cut rate wage. If any group should be in line ahead of those with the Ellis Island experience – it needs to be the African-American Community.

Given the abuse heaped on African-Americans in just the last 60 years – that look in the mirror is pretty ugly. Sure we have President Obama, but we also have a group of Euro-Centric-Americans who would kill this country BECAUSE he is Black.

Enough of the sane members of the GOP are leaving. Those GOP left in my state (PA) took an equal amount of money out of the Philly School System and dumped into building the prison systems. More institutionalized fear.

Flip it around for a moment. Could you imagine Euro-Centric-American groups taking the abuse meted out to the African-American Group without a fight? Wanna watch the Godfather tonight? I am truly amazed at the ability of the African-American Community to absorb blow after blow from this society.

It is not enough to sit here and rant on a problem without a solution – THAT is irresponsible. Until, as the graphic points out, every white person in this country can sit in a room comfortably as the ONLY white person in a room of African-Americans, we are not going to get anywhere.

Given the ratio of Euro-Centric-Americans to African-Americans in this country, I would imagine having groups of Black folks sit around until White folk get comfortable, would make the Black Community pretty put upon. It almost feels like something from Catch-22, but I think my race is THAT out of whack.

It is OUR (read:my) Euro-Centric-American race that is the problem. We are the ones who have to change. Do not mistake this for “White Guilt”. This is common sense. Unless we want to live in a modified apartheid society, we have to come to terms with the fact the guys killing the black kids with legal impunity are white.

And we have to do something about it.

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