If Only It Were That Simple

I have always asked this question, and I don't think I've ever gotten a satisfactory answer: when you're a POC, unarmed and alone, and you're being harassed...what exactly are you supposed to do when ignoring your harasser and walking away don't work?
During the second part of her interview, which aired Tuesday night, Cooper asked B37 whether she thought Trayvon Martin had played a part in his own death.

“Oh, I believe he played a huge role in his death,” she said, adding that “when George confronted him, he could have walked away and gone home. He didn’t have to do whatever he did and come back and be in a fight.”
I don't know whose idea it was to give Juror B37 a national (and thereby international) platform, but all I've got to say is, "Thank you, thank you, thank you."

For those of you who live outside the Western world, let this be a testament to how deep white denial of racism runs.

Dear Juror B37: Um...Darius Simmons literally turned and ran away from John Spooner. He was rewarded with a bullet in his back. When asked to lower their music, Jordan Davis and his friends complied. They were rewarded with a whole spray of bullets, one of which killed Jordan. Oscar Grant was on the ground, in cuffs - ON VIDEO - cooperating with law enforcement when he too was rewarded with a bullet in his back.

And Trayvon Martin was simply walking home in a hoodie and for that, he was gifted with a bullet in the chest.

So B37, since you know so much and carry the secret for keeping young black men alive, you tell me...what exactly should these men have done differently?

Words cannot express the level of sheer disgust I feel right now. The remorseless avoidance of responsibility by white America is beyond revolting. The Zimmerman case just the latest in a really long list of examples of white American sociopathy, bared for all the world to see.

Dear B37, if you seriously think we're going to go crawling back to an era when we, POC, have to let ourselves be stopped by dickless white men and humbly explain with downcast eyes why we're occupying a certain space at certain time (i.e., being alive), you can go fuck yourself. I'd rather die on my feet telling the Zimmermans and Spooners and Dunns to get the hell out of my face rather than slouch back to my home like a frightened old slave, stripped of my dignity.

And you know, what? You're right. Trayvon Martin wasn't some helpless little victim. He was a fucking hero, because he understood his own worth as a human being. Gun or no gun, Trayvon knew he didn't have to answer to Zimmerman or any other worthless, waste of skin loser who felt the need to pick up and gun and go looking for the first opportunity to use it...like some dickless excuse for a man.
...And now you're facing a situation where the young Negroes coming up. They don't want to hear that "turn the-other-cheek" stuff, no. In Jacksonville, those were teenagers, they were throwing Molotov cocktails. Negroes have never done that before. But it shows you there's a new deal coming in. There's new thinking coming in. There's new strategy coming in. It'll be Molotov cocktails this month, hand grenades next month, and something else next month. It'll be ballots, or it'll be bullets. It'll be liberty, or it will be death.

...It's time for you and me to stop sitting in this country, letting some cracker senators, Northern crackers and Southern crackers, sit there in Washington, D.C., and come to a conclusion in their mind that you and I are supposed to have civil rights. There's no white man going to tell me anything about my rights. Brothers and sisters, always remember, if it doesn't take senators and congressmen and presidential proclamations to give freedom to the white man, it is not necessary for legislation or proclamation or Supreme Court decisions to give freedom to the black man. You let that white man know, if this is a country of freedom, let it be a country of freedom; and if it's not a country of freedom, change it.


  1. Right on, sista!

    This woman was the perfect juror for this "trial". She was sheltered and ignorant as hell, perfect for letting this man get off. And there were five more just like her who are just as slow and biased.

    In the end, like I said on Abagond's thread, the whole trial was nothing more than a show.

  2. *Thunderous handclaps*

    You said what I should have said.Ooooh!I'm sloop sick and tired of evil people like her " educating" us on what we should do and knowing the laws. I was reading where Jimmy Carter say that we should get a understand what the women had to do as juror and they were following the law...Really, Mr. Carter?

    Now,I've agreed with a lot of issues but not this one...I'm sorry,I will not.Were these jurors following the laws when so.many Blacks were wrongly convicted of crimes by all White juries from the past and present.Where these same "advisors" when Those cops from the Rodney King case,when Oscar Grant was assassinated by BART police,Jordan Davis or those past POC who was beaten,maimed or killed for being who they are.Ohh speaking of Stand Your Ground law to the GA man who had to serve timein prison for standing his ground because the rogue was White.Though I happy for his release I as saddened by the death of his wife and him unjustly serving prison time like he did.

    Why do Black folks have to learn something that White society isn't doing themselves? We don't need books to know what racial inequality in the so called justice system is.The problem with people like her, its about her White community not having their racist status quo threatenedand not taking any responsibility in what they do.The sooner they will admit to their faults the better off well all will be.

    1. What about the woman who fired a warning shot at her husband and got 20 years! This after he said that if she hadn't he was going to beat her. Her name was Marissa Alexander.

  3. Leo Princess7/17/13, 10:47 PM

    And yet people were really, really stunned that a jury full of women (some being mothers) came to that verdict. People born and raised in America can't understand what I, born and raised and living on The Rock, knew the minute the case went to trial.

  4. Apparently, there is a somewhat new trend going on with white teens called "Trayvoning." The last picture on the article, I believe, is of a South Asian guy though. It says the trend started last year not long after Trayvon Martin was murdered.


    1. I bet if someone pretended to kill a bunch of small children and called "Sandy Hooking", outrage would be an understatement.

  5. Whatever... Had TM run, Zimmerman would have took it as an admission of guilt

    1. And then fired a warning shot into his back.

  6. I think you’ve asked the most trenchant question going forward:
    How, precisely, are black people who wish to remain alive and free of criminal charges to comport themselves in the State of Florida under these SYG laws?

    I understand your point about being unwilling to negotiate your humanity. And I applaud those who are willing to act on principle.

    But, I’ve tried to avoid becoming embroiled in debate about this case because it puts me in a place that’s emotionally untenable. I don’t want to contemplate the callousness and antipathy of white people toward POC, or the exasperating machinations of the civil rights industrial complex, or the broken political system that permitted the NRA to write a law that sacrifices common sense and public safety in favor of allowing white gun owners to stalk, shoot at, maim, and kill people with (to my layperson’s eyes) seeming impunity.

    But it would be helpful to have a guide of sorts, particularly for black youth. Instead of sucking up face time on cable new shows, these civil rights folks should not only be working to remedy these SYG laws, but also sponsoring clinics for vulnerable populations in SYG states in which they advise people of their rights/obligations under the law, and provide them with pragmatic advice on how to respond should they find themselves stalked, harassed, threatened, or otherwise entangled in some unfortunate confrontation.

  7. I don't think I could have said it any better. The fact that they're preaching this walk away shit is disgusting, sometimes you can't just walk away. Sometimes you really have to just fight back because there's no other way out. The sheer fact that Zimmerman got away with killing Trayvon just means there's a lot of work to do in our society and I'm completely disgusted.


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