Friday, July 19, 2013

Cognoscenti: Trying Not To See Race Means Closing Your Eyes To Reality

My original title was "The Opposite of Racism is not 'Race-Blind'" for what it's worth. Here's how it starts:

Only white people think the opposite of racism is “race-blind.”
That was one of the first thoughts that came into my head as I heard about the process of the George Zimmerman’s trial. (Just to be clear, I’m not saying all white people believe this, but rather that non-white people decidedly do not.)
I have to admit, I did not follow the trial closely, and I have sympathy for the position that there may be legal reasons that Zimmerman was not found legally culpable in the death of Trayvon Martin.
What threw me, however was this statement by the anonymous juror known as B37: “I think all of us [on the jury] thought race did not play a role. We never had that discussion.”
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