by Phil Huckelberry
There’s a man free in Florida today. He’s a stupid man, a racist, a product of the culture which surrounds him, a culture which made him feel scared by a young black man and yet emboldened by a small black gun.
If all of the people who are furious about one verdict would step back and redirect their energy toward confronting the culture, we would all be better off.
But it sure feels like that’s too hard. It’s a lot easier to decry racism generally without confronting one’s own tendencies. It’s a lot easier to “blame Florida” as though that can somehow explain it all away.
Here in Chicago, several dozens of young black men are murdered annually. They too are victims of the culture which surround them. Within that culture, it is considered acceptable to leech money away from poor communities and toward wealthier ones. It is considered acceptable that children grow up without fresh produce available for miles around. It is considered acceptable that neighborhood schools are closed down and the ghettos are further ghettoized.
If George Zimmerman deserves to be in jail for taking the life of one young black man, then what about your alderman? Your state representative? How about the mayor, every bit the racist, but who is emboldened by far more than a single small black gun?
Does anyone seriously think that if George Zimmerman had been convicted it would have magically solved the problems around us?
Stop crying and organize. And when I say organize, I don’t mean incoherent rallies where you show up to feel good about how you’re not a racist and your friends aren’t racists either. I mean organize to take throw these racist scum men and women out of office.
Or is that too hard?