Our real problem is white rage
If there is no justice, there can be no peace. But in the American South it seems white folks suddenly believe that decorum and charm are a proper response to unspeakable acts of violence and unconscionable injustice.
The day before a jury delivered an acquittal in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, Seminole County Sheriff Don Eslinger and Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith gave a national press conference to appeal for a peaceful reaction to the verdict -- regardless of its outcome.
Eslinger, who is white, said "We will not tolerate anyone who uses this verdict as an excuse to violate the law."
The veiled threat of an aggressive police response to imaginary civil unrest belies the very logic that led to Trayvon Martin's death to begin with. For, you see, African-Americans are never protected or served by the law enforcement apparatus -- yet they are always subject to its military might.
Sanford police coyly "tolerated" the actual killing of an unarmed black child, but yet refuse to "tolerate" any anger expressed for the acquittal of his murderer.
This is the new Jim Crow realized.