“If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve.”

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  1. This is gonna sound off topic, but as a Canadian I hate how our news media have reported on this story. It comes across as “Oh those Americans with their totally unique racism!”, ignoring things like our disproportionately large First Nations population

  2. wha? not sure i agree with this. i didnt do anything wrong here, not sure why i dont deserve some stoic tolerance!

    • I think he’s talking about collective U.S. society (albeit with an emphasis on the non-Black portion). You might not have done anything wrong, but as a human collective we failed, so that an individual might reasonably feel not guilty, but ashamed.

  3. Excellent piece. Be sure to read on to the comments section (good practice for anything posted on davidsimon.com). Mr. Simon actively participates.

  4. Ta-Nehisi Coates is the best and his take on Trayvon is also probably the best I’ve seen.

    “It is painful to say this: Trayvon Martin is not a miscarriage of American justice, but American justice itself. This is not our system malfunctioning. It is our system working as intended. To expect our juries, our schools, our police to single-handedly correct for this, is to look at the final play in the final minute of the final quarter and wonder why we couldn’t come back from twenty-four down.”

    • His piece is nothing more than him again pretending to be the thoughtful contrarian when he really has nothing to offer. A white Hispanic man started a fight with a young black man, because he has the ego to believe he is a vigilante for justice and that a black boy is a threat. When he started to lose, he killed the kid defending himself. That’s what happened. So according to the ruling, being scared of a black man is reason enough to resort to violent self-defense.

    • Yeah, that IS good shit. This is also a good point:

      “There has been a lot of complaint that “stand your ground” has nothing to do with this case. That contention is contravened by the fact that it is cited in the instructions to the jury.”

      Coates demonstrates that very explicitly.

    • Yes, this piece is great and it made me really, really upset. I mean here’s the thing about that reasonable fear standard – it whispers, “Well be honest now. Wouldn’t you have been scared?” And because all of us have been told that a white boy in a hoodie is a startup hero and a black boy in a hoodie is someone to fear, too many of us whisper back, “Yes. For my life.” That might not come to the surface, but that implicit bias is very much there. It’s messed up that we have a justice system that allows for that kind of silent negotiation, which is so often tainted by racial prejudice.

  5. I’m leaving the country because of this (or not really because of this but this was the last straw). It’s not an Alec Baldwin, “I’m moving to France!” (this is a paraphrase, I’m too lazy to google what he actually said) type of thing either. It’s more a quiet, “I give up, America” type of thing.

    I’m not afraid of being shot. The shooting stuff is merely a sinkhole in a vast plain of hate and macro- and micro-aggression that I’m tired, tired, tired of trudging through.

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