Saturday, June 14, 2014
A person who shall remain nameless posted this comment to my article about banning racists from juries. I post his comment because it is a good example of someone who accepts racist assumptions as a reasonable reaction motivated by a desire to protect family.
This is what he said,
Sorry Fred. Racism is here to stay and you above most must truly know why.
People have guns in drug areas for protection,and most people panic when a probable drug effected loon knocks on your door.
Family importance over rule most other issues that I am aware of.
Sorry for being truthful.
I am disturbed by the author’s casual dismissal of the law of self-defense and his assumption that I “must truly know why” it’s reasonable to confront, shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager knocking on the door and “acting like a drug affected loon,” whatever that means.
Racist assumptions about the behavior and intent of people of color are not reasonable or acceptable under any circumstances. Whether a person is in imminent danger of being killed by another person or suffering grievous bodily harm depends on whether that person is armed and what they are saying and doing. It does not depend on the color of their skin.
Assumptions regarding their intent that are based on the color of their skin are irrational and cannot ever justify using deadly force.
Racism has been around for a long time, but that does not make it reasonable or acceptable.
I do not accept or tolerate it and that is why I did not approve the comment.
We can end racism and a good place to start is by ostracizing them: calling them out, shaming them publicly, and banishing them from the tribe.
We also need to take away their guns and banish them from serving on juries.
They are a dangerous menace to public safety and we need to treat them accordingly.
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