The murder of Trayvon Martin touched off a great debate. Much of it has been about Florida’s stand-your-ground law. However, the center of the controversy is race. One of the jurors, who set free George Zimmerman, the man who killed Trayvon, along with many Republicans, Fox News commentators and other citizens, was quick to point to crime statistics among African Americans, specifically black-on-black crime. Blacks are being portrayed and presumed to be extremely dangerous.
Take any angry white man with a semi-automatic weapon, a 100-round clip and no background check and a mass murder is going to take place. And, usually always, as FBI statistics confirm, it will be white-on-white crime.
You don’t have to look very far to find proof. The angry white kid in Newtown, Conn., first killed his mother, then went to an elementary school and killed 20 children and six teachers. That angry kid did not live in Chicago, where, pundits are quick to point out, there is a lot of black-on-black crime. That angry kid didn’t play pro football. He lived in a practically crime-free neighborhood. He was just angry and he was white.
Just look at Aurora, Colo. The angry white medical student decided to dress as a cartoon character and shoot 72 people in a movie theater, killing 13. Political pundits can’t blame the Rev. Al Sharpton, as they do on Fox News. The political pundits did not criticize the skin color of the Aurora killer. Race was never mentioned as the cause or the problem.
Blacks, on the other hand, don’t ask, “Why is there so much white-on-white crime?’ Instead, Blacks ask, “Why is there so much violent crime and what can we do to stop it?” African Americans want stronger gun-control laws and background checks. Blacks also want the hypocrites to stop speaking about crime based on race.
In Tucson, Ariz., another angry white man attempted to assassinate a congresswoman and, in the process, killed six people, including a 9-year-old girl and a U.S. District judge. He does not live in Chicago. He is not the child of a single black female. He is white and he is angry.
This story line could continue with the mass murder of 198 people in Oklahoma City or the bombing in Atlanta during the Olympics.
There is one thing African Americans know for sure. There is no one more dangerous than an angry white man with a semi-automatic weapon, a 100-round clip and no background check. Add the stand-your-ground law and there is more to come.
John Dudley is a model, actor and freelance writer living in Miami Beach. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org