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Average white America doesn’t understand meaning behind Zimmerman verdict

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Average white America doesn’t understand meaning behind Zimmerman verdict America is a beautiful woman with an ugly wart at the tip of her nose and she can’t see it. The wart is racism, mostly white but also I must add black racism. A number of quite decent white friends refuse to admit that racism exists in our country. They say it’s not there. Why? They have never faced it, suffered from it. I have lived ...


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janesjoys
July 27, 2013
5:26 a.m.

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Dr. Malbranche – Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insightful letter. I have no idea how the jury selection was done in the case of Trayvon Martin’s murder case. I guess that being judged by a “jury of your peers” was certainly the case here, the rights of the victim be damned. Apparently, Trayvon Martin’s right to stand his ground was trumped by Zimmerman’s!

When we elected President Obama, I was so proud to be an American. I naively believed that this country had moved into the 21st Century and that the color of one’s skin no longer mattered. Sadly, it seems that there was a great deal of racism roiling just under the surface and the President’s election brought it to a full boil. From the first day of his Presidency, there were, not just thinly veiled actions and words, but outright racist actions by members of Congress, by our Courts in their rulings, and of course, by many in the media.

I am truly frightened for the future of this country. The discriminatory stand your ground laws, the Supreme Court’s elimination of a critical section of the Voting Rights Law, and the redistricting of Congressional districts to reduce voting rights of minorities certainly don’t ensure equality for all citizens.

Maybe, some good will come from this tragedy. There is certainly much more talking regarding race. It is impossible for us white Americans to ever feel the intimidation and fear that black and brown skinned Americans have faced and continue to experience, but we surely can take a stand and fight for what is right. We must encourage our political leaders to do the same with our votes since minorities soon may not have that option.

justapto
July 27, 2013
5:42 a.m.

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You guys appear to be fostering 'race' by promoting that this was a 'hate' crime perpetrated by Zimmerman.
The jury said NOT!
Accept it and move on.

wmarincic
July 27, 2013
7:14 a.m.

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Having lived in the Vale neighborhood in Schenectady for almost 20 years I found that the biggest racists were the blacks not whites. I was pushed out of my home because of the constant violence, drug dealing and black on white racism. I'm so sick of hearing that whites are racist, I find that all of my friends are color blind so you idiots just keep dividing the country with your phony racism Roger Malebranchee and janesjoy. You people believe the doctored NBC tapes that this was a crime of race, what is a white Hispanic? Zimmerman was attack and beat so badly he thought he would die, unfortunately for Martin, the guy he attacked was armed. Maybe you mensa members should check the statistics in Florida, blacks have used the stand your ground law more than whites.

catherine9966
July 27, 2013
11:09 a.m.

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Yes there is discrimination in this country. Discrimination from all races towards all races. I have been subjected to discrimination from black people several times over the years. I have not reciprocated. But it angers me to be lumped into a category of "white" and therefore racist. This statement is so not true: "White Americans can travel the breadth of the land, stop anywhere, knowing they belong. That’s their country and they are at ease anywhere they go." Try walking or driving through a predominantly black neighborhood if you are white. Try working in a predominantly black environment, or living in one, and you will know you are different and not welcome. All races discriminate, not all people.

justapto
July 27, 2013
5:30 p.m.

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Be white and walk the streets of Harlem NY any time of the day.
Tell me you feel safe; if you make it more than 4 blocks with out being attacked. Try this in any Predominately black section of any major US city.
Been there; done That.
NO; I won't do it again!

reader1
July 27, 2013
6:29 p.m.

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Not much point in debating it anymore - jury has spoken, like it or not.

Not going to gain or learn much from rehashing the issue, except some of the posters would have us believe that blacks are more racist than whites.

These discussions are not about the Zimmerman trial anymore , they are a head count -which side are you on?

ChuckD
July 28, 2013
12:49 a.m.

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87% of registered Republicans are white.
Most law enforcement officers are white.
Every Tea party rally I've seen is a sea of white.
Every gun nut rally I've seen is a sea of white.
Every Town Hall I've seen is overwhelmed by angry white people.
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If that and the history of how brown skinned people have been treated in this country doesn't give you a clue why there's a hatred in black culture for whites, you're way overdue for some lessons in introspection.

wmarincic
July 28, 2013
5:59 a.m.

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Chuckd that is so much BS. Watch a Hannity program some night and look at the dozens of Black Conservatives on his panel. People like you try to cause racial problems where none exist. Most Police departments are always looking for minorities, it is not the departments fault, its those who don't take the tests. There are many more black NRA and Tea Party members than you know so stop you're lies.

reader1
July 28, 2013
7:41 a.m.

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Hate for white people? I don't know many black people who hate white people. Based on history and high profile events like this, I think that there is suspicion and mistrust. And the same is true of whites, not necessarily for all the same reasons. And, I think that is what is at the heart of this and many issues of race relations.

Interestingly, while I disagree with many of ChuckD's points, I think his percentages might be somewhat accurate. This is interesting, because if you speak with many black people on many of the major issues - I don't think their personal attitudes are congruent with party affiliation.

NRA and Tea party are a different issue, in my opinion.

muggy
July 28, 2013
8:03 a.m.

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Here's the message from the Zimmermann trial to White America: "We race haters/baiters want to have a conversation; a ONE-WAY conversation. We get to tell you how racist you are, and you have to accept it as truth. PERIOD. Now shut up!"

jdar777
July 28, 2013
5:08 p.m.

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Whine, whine, whine..

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