One way to define racism is if we are silent in the face of clearly unequal racial justice when we otherwise pretend we are a nation of laws.
Here is another pathetic example from readers of the Lost Coast Outpost (which btw, really needs to somehow clean up it’s broken comment policy):
It’s not just the initial mind-numbing statements, it’s the support from others and silence of sanity that makes these comments so insidious. Here is another example:
But these threads don’t stand alone. Obviously they exist in our society at large and even with all I knew about President Donald Trump, I was shocked to find out last night about the $85,000 full page ads he bought in 1989 to condemn and call for the execution of the Central Park 5. Not only that, but as late as a few weeks before the election, as New York City was found culpable in the miscarriage of justice in the light of forensic evidence, he maintained his established views which all publically-available information contradicts.
How different is Truthaboveall from President Trump? They have their minds made up and there is little before or after evidence is provided that will change their minds.
That is racism and it’s unacceptable if we are to aspire to be a nation of laws which include due process and equal protection and we need to call it out as such.
if you haven’t seen it or are unfamiliar with the Central Park 5:
And from 2014, yes 2014:
Donald Trump and the Central Park Five (Amy Davidson | New York Times | June 23, 2014)
It’s simple, in some ways, to see the Central Park jogger case as an artifact of a feverish moment in late-eighties New York—of a piece with its joyous and awful kinetics, the crack epidemic, the painted-over subways, the fear of AIDS, the absurdity of Ivana’s ski-slope confrontation with Marla. But some fevers never seem to subside. The tendency to write off teen-age boys because of distrust of their neighborhoods or the color of their skin, to assume that jail is the place for them, has not gone away. Neither, somehow, has Donald Trump.