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When the Gun Replaces the Rope and the Lynch Mob Becomes One Man

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New Age Lynching by Robert Arend

New Age Lynching by Robert Arend

New Age Lynching by Robert Arend

History, oh dear let us not go down that dusty, rusty road again--especially not beat that dead horse over and over again about that best forgotten era of slavery, quickly revived with the indentured servitude that was the impossible repayment of debt for sharecroppers; then after that collapsed, recreated through the privatized prison industrial complex: contemporary America's determination to maintain the old plantation system of cheap labor no matter the debilitating cost to society.

And let us not continue to hold as weight the grievances of the black race of the last century in this new one. The United States Supreme Court has ruled those corrective measures made law of over 50 years ago are expired, because racial animus no longer exists anywhere in the United States.

Thank the Lord, at least, that we have so evolved as a people that the history of the lynch mobs has become impolite conversation, the very last lynching so 1968 ago that even a Google search fails to identify the name of that last victim on record. Anybody know who he or she was? Does anybody really care? I mean, we don't travel for miles around to enjoy and picnic around such entertainments anymore, so let that last gone-to-the rope rest peacefully in respect for a forgiven nation.

Oh, and that Trayvon Martin, that cocky (dare we say "uppity") black man--and don't keep harping that he was a child, because 16-year-old blacks can't be children; never have been nor never will be--just because. He brought it all on himself for scaring poor George, who had a right to defend himself when the pot-smoking vandal didn't show proper respect by subordinating himself to a stranger at least considerably paler in skin tone, maybe not white enough, but close enough. Besides, black males have no business walking around after the sun goes down unless they're looking for trouble. Poor George was just looking after his neighbors. It just never occurred to him Trayvon Martin could be one of them. No, it was reasonable to believe the hoodied black could only have been a menacing one of them.

How dare the President lecture us about race? I mean he went on and on, even declaring he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago. Really, did anything he said make any sense? After all, we didn't have anything to do with what happened that night, so how unpresidential of him to even comment on something that should not concern him. The jury ruled. Time to move on.

Why didn't Obama, when he at least admitted things were not as bad as they used to be, at least applaud as an example that we don't form lynch mobs anymore to hang people like Martin. I mean, these days a gun has replaced the rope and the mob can be just one man. Better that than the other, don'tcha think?

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