“Zimmerman was acting on the same racist assumption that motivates police across the country.”| Black Agenda Report
White America, the George Zimmerman trial, and the power of denial | theGrio
A nation divided by denial
That America is a nation divided is so cliche by this point as to be almost entirely banal; and yet here again, in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, the depths of that divide have been laid bare. And it’s not just — or even mostly — the racially disparate ways in which whites and blacks view the verdict itself. Although that divide is quite real, more disturbing is the utter inability of much of white America to accept that race had anything at all to do with the case, or with Zimmerman’s decision to follow Trayvon Martin that fateful night.
It’s one thing, after all, to look at evidence in a criminal trial and come to different conclusions — especially when claims of self-defense and confusing jury instructions are involved — but quite another to reject, out of hand, the lived reality of peoples of color: a reality that tells them, based on experience (not to mention the quantitative data) that suspicion all too readily attaches to young black men, irrespective of their behaviors.
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