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  •  slow-motion genocide (17+ / 0-)

    You're so right, when I read about Jordan, I couldn't believe there was another Trayvon in the very same state within a year.  And though the value to society of the perpetrators isn't really an issue, to me the worst thing is that promising young black men were killed by fat white gun-crazy losers.  I haven't read about a case where the killer was anything like a responsible member of society.
    So it's not just the families, but the whole world that suffers from these losses.  Even if the killers were executed, that wouldn't bring back the lost human potential.
    I thought we didn't need to sing 'Strange Fruit' any longer.  I was wrong...

    •  But as this Diary Makes Clear (19+ / 0-)

      It is not just Florida. It's everywhere. Illinois. New York. Lousiana. California. Many this year alone. No matter who they were killed by, knowing that they are the wages of the sin of our national racism is something that should urge us all on to "No more death. Not because of racism. No more."

      •  where do we go? (1+ / 0-)
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        kj in missouri

        Thanks, Shanikka.   I'm at a loss for what to do to prevent the next one.  There will be one if we don't do something, but I don't know what to do...take away the guns, they'll still find ways to kill, I just don't know.

        •  shame. (1+ / 0-)
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          loaded concept; but at this moment, i can't think of anything more apt.

          willful (because in 2012, it is willful) ignorance of the continuing tsunami of racism calls for nothing but shame.

          "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

          by kj in missouri on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:45:49 PM PST

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          •  it's gotten bigger, even (0+ / 0-)

            And now, with greater awareness of the risks to young black women as well...I'm not African-American myself but I have two black sisters and three black nieces and my best friend is black.  My best friend has lost two sisters to murder and one nephew very recently.  I can't see a small black child on the street anymore without fearing they may never have a chance to grow up.  Yes, we could demonstrate for Trayvon, and I hope people are planning to demonstrate for Jordan.  But the problem of widespread unnecessary violent death for young black people goes beyond just racist white bigots with guns.  If that was the whole problem I would say put angry old white people in concentration camps, they probably deserve it ;)  But that would put only a small dent in the death rate.  Is it that we've given folks so little to live for that they don't value life enough?  If that's the problem, socioeconomic reforms might help.  Happy people don't kill other people or themselves, do they?      

      •  okay shanikka, second night reading, (0+ / 0-)

        this will take at least three or four evenings to complete.

        please know that however long it takes, every word of every comment will be read.   i have to know where 'we' are with this, right now, this week on dKos in America.

        "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

        by kj in missouri on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:49:05 PM PST

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