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Lynching: "Violent punishment or execution, without due process, for real or alleged crimes."

Today, I stood in Leimert Park listening to the anguish of people working through the idea that they, their children, could be murdered for walking home in a hoodie. I listened to mothers and fathers who had to again live through the unjust deaths of their own children in the faces of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. People proclaimed that the U.S. is a racist state, built on racism, and that in this racist system White people had no responsibility to see that Black people received justice. Mothers talked about the need to teach their children to walk in the world safely. People spoke of "open season" and "lynching." People debated general strikes, and protests, and organizing, and guns. As one speaker said bluntly, he believes in guns because George Zimmerman believes in guns.

I am ashamed of white people. A handful of us were there, an infinitesimal part of White Los Angeles, most aligning their organizations with the shifting discussions of what to do, what could be done, what options are closed now and which open up in a society where safety is no longer a consideration. Was it that word of the rally hadn't reached the Westside? Hardly--everyone knows that Leimert Park is the meeting point, the heart of Black culture in L.A. Was it fear? Oh, come on--LAPD, where SWAT was born, is on off-the-grid alert, and every white person knows that. Was it that white people don't get it? After all, that's what we've been telling black people since the first slaves were brought to this continent.

Here is the truth. Every white person in the United State knows that in Sanford, Florida today a jury of mostly our peers, certainly not Trayvon's, gave legal affirmation to lynching. We all know what was said in Leimert Park: it is open season on black people. We know that "justice" in the U.S. now means that a black person can not walk safely back to his family after getting a snack at the 7-11 during an NBA All-Star game. We now know that turning and confronting a white stalker gets a black person legally shot at nearly point blank range.

We know that black people will protest, maybe strike, maybe riot, maybe take up arms, and we know that now we can shoot black people with impunity. But we trust that the peace officers, the enforcers of the same system that let George Zimmerman go home that night and tonight, will keep the peace for us by any means necessary. So most white people just don't care. "We" are safe, sorry about what happened to "them," and we hope they can work it out.

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Most of us don't care because in our world, if a neighborhood watch captain shoots our child, then our child must have done something criminal to provoke it. We refuse to acknowledge what we have been told time and time again, and once more today by a jury in Florida: being Black is provocation enough. Being Black is criminal. We know that, and it is not our problem.

We see ourselves in Zimmerman. Oh, maybe not the overzealous busybody, but maybe as the person looking out for our "hood."  Maybe not stalking, hunting down black men, but in that moment, when Martin turned and faced Zimmerman in the twilight turned prematurely dark in the rain, maybe then, just maybe, we would have wished for a gun. Some of us sent him money; others of us shook our heads and muttered, "Glad I wasn't in his shoes." Zimmerman acted White, and we get it.

So conservative White pundits urge the police to do whatever they can to preserve our peace, and liberal White pundits tell black people not to reinforce the stereotype of lawless, violent rioters, as if black people should respect the law that set a vigilante free or what white people tell them to do. In 1992, we smelled the smoke and we breathed the ash from the other side of town, and we crept out of our enclaves to help clean up when it was safe for us, with brooms and redevelopment.  With today's verdict--Zimmerman is innocent and therefore Martin is guilty--we know that we won't be bothered with the smoke and ashes again. We are safe.

I am ashamed of White people.


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Now will come the comments, that I'm too harsh, th... by Leslie Radford on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 10:50:08 AM
Now will come the comments, that I'm too harsh, t... by Leslie Radford on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 11:50:15 AM
Riots, death threats to Zimmerman and police, viol... by David McElroy on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 12:43:55 PM
Can we stop disrespecting the dead? He had no jewe... by Leslie Radford on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 1:55:50 PM
This "good article" you cite is just so much more ... by David McElroy on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 6:26:52 PM
It is clear there was a fight, and that it was goi... by Richard Pietrasz on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 6:32:41 PM
Your comment about stolen jewelry is proof enough ... by Lou Thomas on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 3:54:35 AM
Important article and thank you so much for writin... by Sheila Parks on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 12:45:52 PM
Thanks, Sheila.  With people like the guy who... by Leslie Radford on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 1:50:34 PM
You have mine!... by Mary B Newkirk on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 4:16:00 PM
As a white, living in a retirement condo in St Pet... by goedel on Sunday, Jul 14, 2013 at 10:04:52 PM
I don't know who I'm more ashamed of.  White ... by steve waterhouse on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:07:05 AM
WAKE UP!  There is an agenda and it is to pro... by aliceannabell on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 8:15:34 AM
Yes. As Frederick Douglass said, the person who f... by Lou Thomas on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:02:20 AM
Forget the other issues.    if you beat ... by sesquiculus on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:05:14 PM
Are you really saying that shooting someone in a f... by Leslie Radford on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:38:40 PM
The law generally exempts consensual scrapping.&nb... by sesquiculus on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 1:44:52 PM
We've gotten pretty far from the case at hand, in ... by Lou Thomas on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:12:18 AM
My shame lies with those who screw the truth in or... by Annie Kobus on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:29:03 PM
There was no due process for Martin, and Martin's ... by Leslie Radford on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 12:54:50 PM
Ask any forensic pathologist (used to be one) ... by sesquiculus on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 2:00:19 PM
People have suggested GZ's injuries may have been ... by Richard Pietrasz on Monday, Jul 15, 2013 at 10:26:41 PM
The real and immediate threat of such serious bodi... by sesquiculus on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 12:21:23 AM
Do young *white* males, in your opinion, also need... by Lou Thomas on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:20:32 AM
Amazing to me that you identify a white person who... by Lou Thomas on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:17:16 AM
Jessie Jackson,  among others, has expressed ... by sesquiculus on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 8:13:44 AM
This is an old US tradition.  Officially, it ... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 12:09:59 AM
What's being suggested in the posts above is that ... by Leslie Radford on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 10:15:57 AM
By not keeping his cool and initiating an attack a... by sesquiculus on Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 at 5:35:09 PM
Don't know about a "duty tor retreat".  ... by sesquiculus on Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 8:43:54 AM