Preparing for Riots After Zimmerman Verdict Is Racial Fear Mongering

The assumption that there will be violence if Zimmerman is acquitted runs counter to recent history

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As the trial of George Zimmerman winds down, the Orlando police are reportedly bracing for possible riots in the event that the defendant walks. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office release two public service announcements urging people to “raise their voice, not their hands” if they are unhappy with the verdict. Meanwhile, church leaders, who have been given seats at the trial, have pledged to use their influence in the community to quell any violence.

Given the way law enforcement delayed over Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting—it was 46 days before George Zimmerman was arrested—there is cause for concern. It was a groundswell of protest from the black community that brought the shooting to the nation’s attention—remember the One Million Hoodie March? This case has sparked a movement—in defense of young black men and in opposition to Stand Your Ground law. But the pre-emptive call for calm runs counter to recent history, and may be akin to racial fear mongering.

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The last major racial riot occurred in Los Angeles after four police officers were acquitted in the brutal beating of Rodney King. That was 21 years ago. Since then, there have been several other racially-charged cases that might have provoked an outpouring of protest but did not. The police officers who murdered Sean Bell in a hail of 50 bullets were acquitted in 2008, and no riots ensued. The indictment of the officer that shot and killed Bronx teenager Ramarley Graham was tossed out earlier this year, even with footage of the police following him into his Bronx home. His mother didn’t call for riots. She made t-shirts to protest.

In some ways, the calls for order recapitulate what this case is all about—the assumption of violence on the part of the black community, and of black men. No one seems to be concerned about the possible violence of Zimmerman supporters if Zimmerman is convicted. To try to preemptively deter the black community from taking matters into their own hands should they feel justice has not been done is ironic considering that Zimmerman’s actions themselves were a kind of vigilanteeism—a violence above and beyond what many, including the prosecution and Martin’s family, feel was necessary.

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If Zimmerman is acquitted, people will be upset, but they will find other avenues to show their dissatisfaction. The black community has become more sophisticated in protesting injustice, and there is talk already of using economic boycotts and other means that are more effective than upheavals that would only result in heavier police repression. Should Zimmerman walk, the response will be long-term and focused on ending Stand Your Ground so that this cannot happen again. After all, this case probably would not even have come to trial without the sustained outpouring of protest—all of it non-violent.

Polite is an award-winning blogger and author of the chapbook The Poetic Ruminations of Mr. Born Nice. More of his political and social commentary may be found at his blog, politeonsociety.com

441 comments
jinsan105
jinsan105

How do you believe "Crying for help" man can shoot at attacker. The desperate crying is from the dead boy. Upper man's jaket was Zimmermans.


rockinreuben
rockinreuben

It is a shame how the media and Law Enforcement, under pressure from the NAACP and other fractions of the African/American community, are not only forced to "over cover" certain events, but put people on trial without a solid case. The Police Chief quit his job because of pressure from his boss (African/American). His boss (African/American) interferes with an on going Police investigation, but still has a job and no charges are filed by local Police or the State, why?

There were protest/marches before the trial and now after. The(African/American) wanted justice and when trial doesn't end the way they want, more protest/marches.

Where were these (African/American) organizations when O.J. Simpson was acquitted, OH that's right he's (African/American).

Where were they when Casey Anthony was acquitted, OH that's right she's NOT African/American so DON'T CARE.

WAKE UP media and law enforcement as to who is controlling what.

gibt1112
gibt1112

Last week, we got the agonizing news that a defenseless white man who had been beaten severely by a gang of six Black teenagers succumbed to his injuries and died. He was a living breathing person just as you and I. He was 46 year old Pat Mahaney.  He was walking on a public street not bothering anyone. His cowardly attackers charged at him from behind, and all SIX of them beat him. After the cowardly attack, Mr. Mahaney was so traumatized that he was afraid to go out of his home. He lived for another year but collapsed, first psychologically than physically, under the weight of living with his injuries and caring for his elderly mother.

The police in Cincinnati have called this a “boredom beating” perpetrated by a gang of black teenage boys seeking entertainment. Decent people ask if this was an isolated incident and why these boys would do such a thing out of boredom.

Hand-wrung apologies from “sagacious” social scientists aside, the answer is quite simply because they “felt like it.”

”Boredom beatings” are the natural extension of giving these people EVERYTHING. They are born in public hospitals; their teenage mothers and Baby Daddies pay nothing. They are taken home to public housing projects, live rent free, go to government schools where they pay nothing, and are taught to hate America (especially White America and that when one of them is killed by a would-be victim, it’s the victim’s fault.) They see white people not as their neighbors and fellow Americans, but as their oppressors.

They are fed free of charge three times day at government schools, given clothing, given free transportation to and from school, and promoted from grade to grade by their height and not their academic achievement.

They are fed at home with free Welfare and SNAP cards. When they get arrested, they get free lawyers. When they get pregnant or father a child, they often give the child to their 40 year old grandmother and roam away to impregnate or become pregnant again.

After all of this free stuff is delivered to their feet, they come to believe they are also entitled entertainment. When they realize their government cradle-to-grave package doesn’t include entertainment, beating defenseless white people to death becomes the recreational activity of choice for some – not all – but some of these people. To keep this cycle in motion, they sell their vote to their Democrat enablers every two years.  Any questions?

RichardGenco
RichardGenco

Anyone remember the OJ trial? No riots because we are not animals

croakerqueen2
croakerqueen2

HOW DOES IT FEEL NOW AFTER WHITE PEOPLE WERE SINGLED OUT AND BEATEN IN THE STREETS LAST NITE?


GOING TO APOLOGIZE JUDEN?

marcpolite
marcpolite

There are no coast to coast race riots. Many of you must be disappointed. 

HWallWally
HWallWally

The irony here is that Zimmerman might have been far better off had the jury found him guilty....his already miserablel life will be more miserable...no matter the level of comfort he recevies from the haters who support him.  He will forever rue the day he purchased that a gun...and of course he will need to sleep with it now...with one eye always open.  Tough.....u betcha. 

glennra3
glennra3

When the mini-series Roots first aired in 1977 the administration at my high school was worried about a race riot. The students were having their teeth checked by a local dentist and while they were doing that the doctor and his nurse tried to find out if the show was creating anger among black students or if there had been any talk of rioting.

Nothing happened, of course.

BTW, can you believe we had a dentist come into a public school? I'm still not sure if that was legit or an excuse to talk to all the kids.

theENDisNearer
theENDisNearer

If he is telling the truth, then it was self defense, and the wrath of God, who IS Truth, will fall upon the black community, and those wh blindly follow their rage

MelissaGall
MelissaGall

Its not fear mongering if they are threatening to do it!! lol I read so much stuff saying the "New Black Panthers" were threatening to riot and kill white supporters, not sure how they would know. I guess if your white, your the enemy. :-(  Never judge a book.....

thunderbolt
thunderbolt

Were it not for race hustlers Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, this incident would not have received so much media attention.   This was a bad case to showcase racial profiling or racial discrimination, because there was none. Now there are all kinds of Black people looking stupid, agitating & protesting about non-existent racism.  

almonjer
almonjer

The Zimmerman acquittal reminds me of this case involving a President Clinton aide...

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/482298/I-SHOT-VERNON-JORDAN-FRANKLIN-SAYS.html?pg=all

The American legal system is the WORST in the Western world, not the best as LAWYERS keep saying on TV.

FACTS:

-America at about 4% of the world's population has more prisoners than India and China COMBINED which are nearly 40% of the world's population

-Most people jailed are there for non violent crimes such as marijuana

-How many people are freed every week after being WRONGLY convicted? It is estimated 15% minimum are in prison for crimes they did not commit-that is HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

-Remember Dr. King and the Kennedy's were fighting against the LAW-everything done to Blacks in the 60's was perfectly LEGAL under AMERICAN LAW.

-It reminds me of this terrorism and the death of Condoleezza Rice's child hood friend (94% of terrorist incidents in America are NOT committed by Muslims...guess who makes up the majority of that 94%)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_Street_Baptist_Church_bombing

Explain this Zimmerman supporters: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/john-white-convicted-killing-daniel-cicciaro-pardoned-gov-david-paterson-article-1.474441

observerdude
observerdude

Indeed, how ridiculous to presume that the demographic that brought you the Rodney King riots, the OJ riots, and the Watts riots would riot. Completely unwarranted fear mongering, absurd to put any faith in the (recent) historical precedence!

Put your heads in the sand folks, if you can't see the rioters then they can't see you!

We all hope for the best, and that important lessons have been learned and large strides have been made in the wake of previous rioting events. However, to not be prepared would be utterly irresponsible, in particular given all the threats and posturing in social media.

reginamo77
reginamo77

Thank you for your insight. There are no riots going on right now. The authors point proven. People are quick to dismiss the logical, sound, mature voices that are in opposition to their opinion by focusing on the people who are immature and hyperreactive. But the truth is fear is what got Zim in this mess, Fear is what feeds "riot preparation" Fear is what feeds racism and racial biases - as well as all the other "isms." The longer you seek out the boogy man, you greater the likelihood that you are the boogyman you seek.

reginamo77
reginamo77

There are no riots. Point proven. The boogy man you seek, might just be you.

pennyhunters
pennyhunters

Let's keep in mind that Zimmerman was never attacked! Trayvon was defending himself from an over aggressive Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman got out of his car in the rain to follow this boy after he was warned by 911 to back off. He did not back off, to me he went to great lengths, far and beyond the call of a radical individual. Seems to me as if he was looking for trouble, had he gotten a slug in his head then what? Mr. Martin would have been convicted of murder.

The justice system may FREE him but there's an ultimate judge ahead, that one is certainly the best one and no man could sway the outcome!

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No offense to the author but...where you piss drunk when you wrote this crap? "No one seems to be concerned about the possible violence of Zimmerman supporters if Zimmerman is convicted." Yeah maybe that's because the only people we see on social media threatening to riot if they aren't given the verdict they want are TRAYVON MARTIN SUPPORTERS. Whoever wrote this should be taking orders at the local Mickey Dees. Journalism clearly isn't his forte.

bethdixon01
bethdixon01

Yes, bracing for possible riots is racist fear mongering right?  There are plenty of idiots that are happy to label this a racist conspiracy theory by us silly racist whites filled with hatred.  Meanwhile they ignore the multitude of racist blacks on twitter talking about "killing whitey" if Zimmerman goes free.  People aren't racially fear mongering they're responding to the facts that the media seems incapable of dealing with.

The press has often labeled a hispanic as white.  They ignore Martin's racist "creepy cracker" comments.  They've acted as if Zimmerman who was violently attacked committed a hate crime by defending himself.  The defense tried to hide evidence of various facts surrounding Martin.  MSNBC doctored the 911 tape.  Rather than showing Martin for who he was the media used an innocent looking photo of Martin from years ago.  The President himself inserted his racism by saying Martin looks like his would be son, in effect trying to gain support for Martin.  The prosecution has been forced into bringing this case.  And "civil rights" leaders have turned this into a racial issue.  

Meanwhile a disproportionate amount of black on white murders, robberies, rapes and other crimes continue to happen on a daily basis and the media never dares to suggest that these are often hate crimes.   The LA riots where innocent whites and Koreans were beaten and had their property destroyed...that happened.  This writer needs to find his way back to reality if he ever was in touch with it and Time needs to get this hack off of their site.   No matter how much the media wants us to believe that whites are the evil racists here, there are those of us still left that have eyes and common sense and know how to use them and no brainwashing will change the facts and what we see on a daily basis.  The only proven racist in this case is Martin, who responded to questioning with violence.  It was that racist attitude and violent escalation that led to someone being forced to defend himself.  Let's not forget the facts.  If Zimmerman wanted Martin dead, Martin would have never gotten close to him.  For those too ignorant to know that "assault weapons" are semi automatic just like any other gun, perhaps they're also too ignorant to know that guns kill from a distance.  

taurran
taurran

The author should try reading Twitter sometime.

merica97870210
merica97870210

To people that don't see color articles like this are the foundation of racial mongering.

Palerider1957
Palerider1957

Seriously, preparations by law enforcement to quell civil unrest and rioting AS PROMISED BY LEADING BLACKS is "racist"!!!!???
Are you kidding me!!!!? So now if the racist blacks say they are going to protest and riot, and bus people in from all over the country for that very purpose, it is "racist" of police to take any measures whatsoever until what, AFTER the rioting starts?
And do you want to know the kicker to this? If the police did nothing until after the PROMISED civil unrest and riots start, and people get hurt, especially any blacks, it will then be labelled "gross negligence by racist cops" to not protect blacks.
Anything to keep stirring the pot. Keep them fires burning, throw a little more gasoline on that fire!

RobertSF
RobertSF

@gibt1112 Of course, the one thing America doesn't give them is jobs, good jobs that lead to the middle-class life that so many other Americans take for granted.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@marcpolite No is disappointed they may not have been coast cast riots but Oakland and LA had mini riots something only blacks do when they do not get there way. No whites rioted anywhere when OJ a thug all is life got off because most of jury was black.

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@marcpolite I'm sure nobody is disappointed.  Why must we be so hostile and confrontational?  Surely you have to realize that isn't the best way to get positive results.  

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@HWallWally Regardless of your feelings about the outcome of this case, it's really sad that the general consensus among many seems to be calling for retaliative street violence.  The point of the article is that the notion of cops preparing for race riots is perpetuating racial division.  What do you think a call for arms is going to do?  How about we skip the barbaric rush to violence and try to actually gain something positive from this tragedy?

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@theENDisNearer This is the third dumbest thing I have heard about this case so far.  On behalf of white people, sorry for the ignorance of some.  

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@reginamo77 Actually there was some rioting, although it seems that most are trying to affect change via the legal system.  And since everyone seems to think that there is one big line drawn in the race sandbox, check out some photos from the protest sites.  There are many races represented.  Despite the efforts of some, this is not a black versus white issue.  The notion of 60's era racism that is being spouted by some just isn't supported by the facts.  A person's race does not automatically equate to their support for or opposition to the verdict. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

@reginamo77 tell that to Oakland PD and LAPD because there was mini riots and numerious  arrest. What rock are you under.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@pennyhunters Dummy racist you are its always whitey is that what daddy and moms taught you. While dad sat around the porch drinking colt 45 while moms worked her ass off at two jobs.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@pennyhunters You are typical black racist, blame whitey. TM was a punk. Do some home work you will find he was a punk who liked to fight and call whites Cracker.

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@pennyhunters it's unfair to speculate about the way this could have happened and it's wrong to get all worked up over events that never happened.  

observerdude
observerdude

@pennyhunters Zimmerman was attacked. He was following the mandate of neighborhood watchers to observe and report. Trayvon was not the innocent 12 year old in the photographs the media used to spin this story, he was by many accounts a drug dealer who had been involved in numerous burglaries.

Ballistics and forensic investigation confirm that Trayvon was on top of George Zimmerman when he was shot. Mr. Zimmerman was in a public space, performing a volunteer public service. Following someone is not the same as initiating contact. Trayvon initiated contact and when physically attacked George Zimmerman exercised his right under Florida Law to stand his ground. Perhaps this should be a cautionary tale for would-be thugs: Honest, Decent people are no longer willing to stand down and take what the animals have to deliver, we are prepared to respond in kind.

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@bethdixon01 I'm willing to wager that Obama's son wouldn't have been smoking pot during his school suspension and trespassing.  I just feel like this is a strange case for the country to rally behind.  Martin was certainly no golden boy.  Isn't there a better example of injustice that doesn't involve a young criminal?

TonyCossio
TonyCossio

@taurran The author could also by a TV and see what's going on in Miami, that is if he could stop typing on his libtard keyboard.

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@merica97870210 Get some, Colbert!  I wish race was a non-issue in all cases but I definitely think it should be one in this matter.  How can we move on from racism if everyone is so desperate to cling to it like a ball and chain that can't be escaped?  Support for and opposition to the verdict is not clearly drawn down racial lines.  It wasn't just angry black people at the protests across the country.  Outrage over the verdict was felt by people of multiple races just as it wasn't only white people happy with the jury's decision.  I wish people wouldn't immediately rush to find hints of racism in everything that happens.

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@Palerider1957 How about we don't throw any fire anywhere instead?  Just as you're upset at the preparation being deemed racist, it's unfair of you to generalize the black community as well.  How about everyone try to talk about this case for two days without resorting to accusing everyone everywhere of being a racist.  It's really just ridiculous at this point.  ....like kids on the playground...."You're racist."  "Nuh-uh, you are."  Back and forth and nothing is accomplished.  Let's all stop stirring.

TerryDeCarlo
TerryDeCarlo

It is racial profiling by government officials and law enforcement and that is WRONG!!! hee hee

P.S. If we didn't racially profile we never would not have evolved into whom we are today21st century human beings. We would have gone extinct as single cell fungi 7B years ago.

This is a sign that the end of our existence is soon upon us. Our planet will disintegrate within 100yrs by some pissed off teenager (probably white) who learned how to do it over the www.

Bye bye.

croakerqueen2
croakerqueen2

@ladyalyce8 @theENDisNearer after watching the riots last nite he has a point, blacks have ignored the truth and are now running on pure hatred for white people.


wrath of god is coming.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@ladyalyce8 @bethdixon01 NO but he would be racist like his dad,which is hard to understand since he is half white and is dad was no were to be found in his life.

ladyalyce8
ladyalyce8

@TonyCossio@taurranThe phrases "libtard" and "rethuglican" just make me shudder.  How stupid have we gotten that we can no longer discuss issues?  Instead, people rush to dismiss a different viewpoint altogether and try to piece together the dumbest sounding insult like an inarticulate kid on the playground.  And why is everything always equated to political affiliation anyway?  Do you really think that this is a party issue?  It's just a cheap way to avoid considering another viewpoint.  You can just say "Oh of course his opinion is stupid, he's a democrat," instead of considering his point and making one of your own. 

BigDuke6
BigDuke6

@TonyCossio@taurranWhat exactly is going on in Miami?  You mean the fake riot story using images from Vancouver? Tony, if that's what you're referring to, you're a gullible idiot and owe a retraction.  That, though, would take some intellectual honesty.