There is a very old joke about bringing a knife to a gunfight. No doubt the story will be changed to don’t bring a bag of Skittles to a gunfight. Skittles are yummy, but no match against a gun! A bullet beats even the yellow colored Skittles, and they are awesome!

The story about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin bothers me a great deal. It should never have happened, but it has happened. A well armed man, some might even use the term vigilante white man, killed a 17 year old black kid who had nothing more threatening than a bag of Skittles.

Needless to say, this story has exploded in the press. And exploded in the usual predictable way. White man killing black kid touches nerves. I noticed with interest that it took Al Sharpton less time than a neutrino spinning around the physics race track at CERN for him to insert himself into the case. Likewise Jessie Jackson wasted no time to get in on the act::

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson said Friday that he’s grateful the rest of the country has sat up and taken notice of the tragic slaying of Trayvon Martin. But he can’t help but wonder: Why has it taken so long for everyone else to recognize the chronic injustices that African Americans face?

He added: “Blacks are under attack.” African American families are facing record home foreclosures and unemployment. Their children are burdened with student loan debt. States, particularly conservative ones, are passing voter laws that leaders know will disenfranchise blacks and other minorities. Meanwhile, the nation’s prisons are brimming with black faces, he said, and their numbers that suggest that the legal system is quicker to send blacks to prison than whites.

This is an interesting observation. And one that has roots in some reality. The ethnic makeup of people behind bars does not reflect the ethnic makeup of the general population. There is disproportionate number of Black people in the penal system. Why?


The answer in my mind at least is complex. Certainly ‘dress code’ is one aspect. Pants wrapped around the knees, and the head hidden by a hood hardly inspires confidence. Language Arts are another issue. If it was possible to wear out words, it would have to be the F and N words. They are amazingly adaptable. Most forms of speech can be created with ease, verbs (in many tenses), Nouns, and Adjectives are childs play.

Who said that ‘Ebonics’ was dead?

It was (and is) with great interest that I have been following this story. There is an old saying, there are three views of any interaction, there is mine, there is yours, and then there is the truth, which resides somewhere in the middle.

It has just been announced that George Zimmerman has been charged with 2nd degree murder, and is in custody.

 This story obviously has a long way to go!

 Simon Barrett





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