(NOTE TO ALL WHO HAVE/WILL ATTEMPT TO LEAVE A FUNKY , UGLY COMMENT ABOUT THE TRAYVON “SITUATION”: I will NOT publish your posts. As the sole author of this blog; I’ve reserved the RIGHT to not post such vile negativity. A young man LOST his life; in *respect* of his life this real TOPIC will only be discussed on MY blog in a respectful manner. I will, however, VOICE my opinion about aforementioned “attempted” nonpublishable-on-Berna’s-blogsite..David Simon is NOT a reverse racist! I could go on to say that reverse racism can NOT & does NOT exist; but I won’t waste the keystrokes or my precious time..)
DISCLAIMER= I hate adding disclaimers..Because I believe folks should be able to interpret things; in the manner in which they’re meant to be interpreted. BUT since that isn’t always what happens in life; I find myself(especially with what I’m about to post) compelled to add a disclaimer. I’m publishing the words verbatim from the comments of “The Wire” creator. David Simon. The Wire, has been acclaimed recently as the #1 series of ALL time/inspired professors to teach about it in college classes/& lauded as an American storytelling masterpiece. The comments I’m quoting him on are HOT; about the Trayvon verdict..But honestly? I couldn’t agree with him more! And I applaud him for having the courage to tell it like it “TIS..In my opinion it will take MORE people who aren’t BLACK; yet who feel this way; to come out of the shadows and openly say what they feel on race relations in America>>
In an emotional, fiery post on his blog, The Audacity of Despair, Simon denounced the verdict, saying he was “ashamed to call himself an American.”
**Outside of his television writing, Simon often comments on social issues, and the Martin case stirred up particularly forceful feelings in him. Here’s the entirety of his post:
You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead.
In the state of Florida, the season on African-Americans now runs year round. Come one, come all. And bring a handgun. The legislators are fine with this blood on their hands. The governor, too. One man accosted another and when it became a fist fight, one man — and one man only — had a firearm. The rest is racial rationalization and dishonorable commentary.
If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford. Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve. I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.
Behold, the lewd, pornographic embrace of two great American pathologies: Race and guns, both of which have conspired not only to take the life of a teenager, but to make that killing entirely permissible. I can’t look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country. Tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American.”
Strong words. But Simon didn’t stop there. Remarkably, he took the time to address many of the comments following the post. A few highlights:
One commenter chastised him for trying to “fan the flames and incite violence,” to which Simon replied, “You’ve missed the thread of that passage utterly.”
Several others called on Simon to prove that Zimmerman’s actions in shooting Martin were racist. He replied, “I don’t think Mr. Zimmerman is by any necessity a racist. But his calculations and his behaviors were racially motivated.”
In other responses, Simon bemoaned the slippery slope effect — that the Martin case would be the first of many. “The law has changed — and the culture of legal self-defense is changing — in a revolutionary fashion. There will be more of these cases now. Not less.”**
AFTERword..The one thing I’ll speak upon that David Simon said is this ..= “I can’t look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country…” >>>>> As a BLACK parent I can say that nothing PAINS me more than the TRUTHS I’ve had to tell my Black sons about what CAN happen to them on the streets of their own country…BUT I’d(and so has my co-parenting partner a/k/a my exhusband/friend) had to tell our sons such awfulNESS; long before Trayvon was murdered. Imagine telling your child to NOT take it personally when/if called the N word? Imagine telling your child NOT to wear certain colors/name brands for fear of being labeled a Black gang member? Imagine telling your child NOT to do ANYthing that could “appear”(like what exactly????) to be aggressive around the police; for fear of getting SHOT! Imagine telling your child that many in your country will HATE you simply based on the color of your skin. Imagine telling your child he WILL work 3-4 times harder than his White Male counterparts; even with all of said child’s degrees. Imagine telling your child that even WITH all of his degrees; odds are he won’t get paid the same as his White Male counterparts. Imagine telling YOUR child there are STILL in the year 2013 parts of his country; that it isn’t safe for him to walk in/drive in/BE in..simply because he is BLACK. Imagine telling your child these things for his own dang good & safety; because YOU love your child soooo much & wish for them to hear the truth from your lips..Just imagine how that makes a parent feel. It is something a parent never forgets/can’t forget. It IS a Black parent’s reality in our country. It’s just the way things are & have always been. The struggle continues…