Just some candid thoughts on the whole situation. If you would like to comment on what someone else has said, don't be exhaustive. Why not just say your two cents and be done with it?
Here is what I've learned:
I have learned, bar-none, that race relations is still the most passionate, most powerful subject/issue that is on the minds of the black community.
I don't know what exactly it is they want though. I don't know if they want to talk about it, get some type of compensation for past ills, get special treatment à la native Americans..I don't know.
Maybe, they just want to be angry. Maybe in a perpetual cycle of "epic fail as a race"(those the words of one poster) they have collectively given up on being a citizen of America, and are just stuck with being born here.
Seriously. Save for peanut butter, dribbling a ball, and a few music contributions, what really have blacks contributed to American prosperity? Absolutely nothing. I stand by this statement: Blacks are, and have always been, worse off now, than before the Civil Rights movement.
That's right. We murder each other at exponentially a much greater clip. We have more single, unwed mothers ever. A very high percentage of us are incarcerated. And a majority of Americans view the first ever black President as a failure (ill stop short of saying collosal).
I have learned black people are angry. I'm not. I won't cower in a corner and refuse to talk about race. It is so important we talk about it.
But to kid yourself to the notion that everything is not either political or racial, well, that's doing your conscience, at the least, a disservice.
And let me say lastly, the jury came to the right decision. I think they sympathized with the raw emotions of parents and loved ones, ignored the anger that just always seems to elicit a bad decision (as in the case of the deceased) and rightfully acquitted George Zimmerman.
Unless someone else just has more beef on how shitty us black people have been for the past...well damn, our entire history, just tell us what you learned from this event.
This post was edited on 7/16 at 2:00 pm
Hardcore assessment, E.
The essence of the Capitalist/Individualist culture is COMPETITION. The status and economic success goes to the strongest, which in this socio-economic culture...means the smartest. Not the physically strong; but them that have strong social/communication or high tech abstract skills.
As a group - and given the historical and cultural record - Blacks suffer the psychological 'inferiority complex' (or whatever would be the proper medical term). Yet, I think that all people desire respect, feel that they are indeed equal children of God...and in the current dynamic of the failure of Black (sub) culture...such even furthers acerbates the inferiority thing. It's gotta hurt, down deep.
So, in reaction...pride (false version) manifest as a counter to what would be a false assessment of empirically manifest racial inferiority...per your critique. And when one's pride, or self-worth is challenged...indignation and anger jumps to defend the inflamed ego.
And not only the manifestation of false pride...but a "searing of the conscience" (Biblical), in order to offset the ugly truth.
There is your Collective "anger", buddy. I hope your Faith is as strong as your honesty. That will be your only consolation for what is a hurtful problem that won't go quietly into the night.