But what infuriated me most was the reaction to the verdict that brought out racists who hide behind the anonymity of a keyboard to spew their vitriol all over the blogosphere, social media and elsewhere. You see, Zimmerman was perfectly justified, in their view, not because he “stood his ground” or that his life was somehow in danger at the hands of an unarmed 17 year-old. They rejoiced at the acquittal because Trayvon deserved it.
After all, he was a young black male, wearing a hoodie that fateful evening and seemed suspicious. They say he was a drug addict because he had previously smoked marijuana; that burglar tools were once found on him along with possessing stolen women’s jewelry. And that he was a thug.
America has a long, sad history of racism. With the election of our first African-American president, we all were duped into thinking our country had finally moved forward. Wrong! Instead, the opposite occurred. We took a giant leap backward.
During the 2008 campaign we saw these racists climbing out from under their rocks. It didn’t improve much in 2012. “Socialist,” they yelled. “Terrorist.” They assumed that Mr. Obama would be taking their money and handing it over to black America. The obdurate opposition to the Affordable Care Act is based on the same misinformation and prejudice-laden rage: white folks will have to cough over more of their hard earned money so that black people can get health care.