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  •  I was tempted to leave a comment that, if (0+ / 0-)

    being discriminated on the basis of superficial optics makes African American males more conscious and self-aware, they're lucky. Because the discriminators are obviously self-centered, instinct-driven people, who rely on their gut reactions to determine what they are about.
    That's probably not a message Blow wants to read. Nevertheless, a raised consciousness is good and, to the extent the instinct-driven are motivated by jealousy, they've got reason. The gut, especially when augmented by a gun, is an unreliable guide, as Zimmerman should, but probably doesn't, now know. That he was outfitted with not one, but two potentially lethal weapons (a truck and a gun) and that he's not being taken out of circulation is a societal flaw.

    Zimmerman was a disaster waiting to happen. Not a happenstance. Given that there are over 38,000 deaths associated with automotive vehicles a year and 13.8% of those are pedestrians, it seems reasonable to conclude that a whole lot of unconscious people are operating lethal cages on wheels, with disasterous results for themselves and innocents. But, we write them all off as accidents. Why? Because human beings are fungible under the law.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 05:20:24 AM PDT

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