As a Grumpy Old Black Guy living in White America, I’m constantly reminded of the vast chasm that separates “The Law” from “Justice”, and I’m exhausted.
In Arbery death case, possible jurors question hate crimes
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Several potential jurors in the hate crimes trial of three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery said in court Tuesday that they believe problems with racism in America are exaggerated and questioned whether there should be special charges or punishments for crimes motivated by race.
One jury pool member was asked by the judge and attorneys why she wrote on her juror questionnaire that “hate crimes are damaging to society as a whole.”
“I just think it doesn’t matter what the race is,” said the woman, identified in court as juror №156, whom the judge ultimately deemed qualified to remain in the jury pool. “If it’s wrong, it’s wrong.”
Father and son Greg and Travis McMichael armed themselves and chased Arbery in a pickup truck on Feb. 23, 2020, after spotting him running in their Georgia neighborhood. A neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, joined the pursuit and recorded cellphone video of Travis McMichael blasting Arbery with a shotgun.
Allegations that the killing was motivated by racism are at the heart of the federal case in U.S. District Court, where the McMichaels and Bryan are charged with violating 25-year-old Arbery’s civil rights and targeting him because he was Black.
I’m so damned tired of the white people who go on and on about how they “don’t see race”, because more often than not they’re the same clueless white people who never see “racism” either, in spite of the evidence staring them directly in the face.
“The very serious function of racism is distraction,” the poet Toni Morrison said. “It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” The white people who “don’t see race” engage in these useless and ridiculous debates that never get to the point because it makes them uncomfortable and it’s easier to dismiss the brutal reality of racism when you refuse to take ownership of the truth. It’s impossible to pick the lock of a closed mind because it only opens from the inside.
Robin DiAngelo, a writer and affiliate associate professor of education at the University of Washington, hits the bull’s-eye when she explains the internal struggle of white people in the United States whenever they encounter racial problems:
“Racism is a white problem. It was constructed and created by white people and the ultimate responsibility lies with white people. For too long we’ve looked at it as if it were someone else’s problem, as if it was created in a vacuum.”
I’ve run out of patience for the dishonest white people who play these stupid Jedi Mind Tricks on me. It’s not just absurd; it’s offensive. And whenever they spew nonsense like the murder of Ahmaud Arbery had “nothing at all to do with race”, it immediately pisses me off because not only are they lying to me, they’re lying to themselves.
I think what’s going on is that all these white people who “don’t see race” just want “those people” who happen to be of another race to go away. Forever. I bet they’re the same white people who lose their shit about Colin Kaepernick, rap music, CRT, Michelle Obama and dreadlocks.
By the way, do you believe there are fanboys out there who are outraged by the new “Lord of the Rings” TV series because they’re committing the heinous crime of including
niggers characters of color in Middle-Earth?
But not everyone is set on the casting of the elves. When the studio originally released a photo of its multicultural cast, Amazon was immediately met with vitriolic online trolling, as fans took to social media to slam certain roles.
“Obviously there was going to be push and backlash,” Tolkien scholar Mariana Rios Maldonado told Vanity Fair, “but the question is, from whom? Who are these people that feel so threatened or disgusted by the idea that an elf is Black or Latino or Asian?”
And when these racists asswipes get called out for their bullshit, they’ll get upset and talk about the imaginary black “friends” they have. Sigh. Hopefully they won’t be jurors the next time a hate crime happens.
Bottom line, the white people who “don’t see race” want the “White Only” signs to go back up, and they’ll gratefully vote for the other white people who will do it for them.