I completely understand why people do not follow Twitter, but damned if it does not keep producing absolutely wonderful blogfodder material.
Take, for example, the individual tweeting behind the screen name "@KingEricThe1st" aka King Eric the First aka Eric L. Hughes, Sr. It would appear as though King Eric took some offense at my tweet of:
… by claiming that the two crimes are not comparable (when no one was comparing them) because Zimmerman was "white" (even though he is not strictly) and "white folks would easily end up with more on the part of wrongdoing". When I accurately pointed out that only fretting over the murders of black folks by not-really-white folks was both racist and hypocritical, King Eric informed me "You forget, blacks were the slaves… Their anger is justified".
I am inclined to doubt that Zimmerman’s ancestors ever owned slaves, but even if they did, it is 100% immaterial to current events – Zimmerman himself did not own slaves, so no anger against him for the perceived supposed slights of his ancestors is, in any way, valid against him. Likewise, black "anger" against whites for the supposed actions of those whites’ ancestors (I know for a fact none of mine ever owned slaves – too poor – in fact, some of mine may have been indentured themselves) is completely and totally uncalled-for and inappropriate – unless someone specifically aided in those ancestors’ actions, you simply cannot hold them accountable for them. Sure, if they agree with what those ancestors did, you can pin that belief upon them, but that is in no way equivalent to actually owning slaves.
Using the actions of 100-year-dead ancestors to foment strife and anger between people of different skin tones actually is racist, in the original definition of the word (and inasmuch as humans have races, which we really do not), no matter the skin tone of the person doing the rabblerousing.
Unfortunately, @KingEricThe1st was not done there, instead concluding the conversation (he blocked me shortly after this) by saying:
bottom line, #GeorgeZimmerman will pay, either in court of justice, or the non conventional way. Good day
Wow. Just plain… wow.
Let us see if I can recap – @KingEricthe1st firmly believes that George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin in a fit of racist vigilantism simply because Martin was a colored kid "in the wrong neighborhood". Of course, that particular narrative is looking more and more suspect over time, especially as more information about the altercation is discovered, but that is neither here nor there to some people. Regardless, on the basis of that supposed murder, @KingErickThe1st treats it as a foregone conclusion that either (a) Zimmerman will be found guilty in a court of law, or (2) Zimmerman will "pay" in "the non-conventional way", i.e. be murdered by a modern-day lynch mob.
As I said, wow.
Apparently bloodthirsty thugs do not comprehend the inherent hypocrisy and logical inconsistency of executing (a word chosen with malice aforethought) vigilante justice on someone accused but not convicted of executing vigilante justice on someone else. With that decision to succumb to their blood lust, @KingEricthe1st and the rest of his murderous buddies have decided to throw out the rule of law, the implied societal construct and contract, and the very notion of "justice", much less "right and wrong", and instead devolved back to the point of "might makes right".
And people wonder why I have made the decision to lawfully carry a firearm for self-defense purposes? How long until this desire for Zimmerman’s head on a platter and this "justified" anger spills over – or is pushed – into an honest-to-God race war?
For all the whinging "liberals"/"progressives" do over Rush "filling the airwaves with hate" or whatever-the-hell it is they are complaining about today, where is their unified condemnation of this? Oh, right, it is too convenient to not let this crisis "go to waste"…
(Closing note / curiosity: this is a local news report on Nancy Strait’s murder, and while it does show a picture of the suspect being charged, note how it very carefully omits any mention of the race of the victims. Cute, that.)