Since Monday, my blog has been slammed with visitors from all over the country, looking for information on yesterday’s Jena 6 rally. Many of those new people have left comments here, some of them thoughtful and insightful, and others of them a lot less so. I’ve had to edit – or sometimes delete – more comments in the past week than I have in the 18 months I’ve been blogging.
Some of the comments were personal attacks on me – for what, I wasn’t sure. I guess simply because they could see that I was black, some commenters assumed that I thought the boys in Jena were completely innocent, that I support Al Sharpton and his ilk, that I supported the woman in the Duke case – heck, that I thought OJ was innocent. I’ve been called the n-word and the b-word by people who have never visited my blog before.
All of that – simply because I happen to be black.
Every time I post about the issue of race on this blog, it seems the drive-by racists come out in droves. I’m convinced that these folks put “race” in their favorite search engine and jump from blog to blog, spewing their filth. I keep thinking that talking about the issue of race will somehow allow for some kind of understanding, some bridging of the divide, but if this week is any indication, the possibility of that happening seems remote.
The defensive posture of folks on both sides makes broaching the issue of race a near impossibility. Perhaps it is because we live and play in a society that perpetuates the divisiveness of it, blame I place squarely upon the MSM and how they report things. For it is the MSM that annointed Al Sharpton as the one of the leaders of blacks in America, a person whose leadership I totally reject. Sharpton does not speak for me. It is the MSM who said that black folk believe OJ was innocent – I do not. It was the MSM that made Vick’s case about race, when it clearly was not. And it was the MSM who ignored the Jena case and then gave abbreviated, incomplete reports of what happened down there.
Were those six boys wrong? I was raised to believe that two wrongs don’t make a right, so yes, the boys were wrong and should be punished. The issue for me with the Jena 6 case was the appropriateness of the punishment, and I honestly – perhaps naively – thought that the injustice of that would outrage everyone. But instead of looking at the issue in those terms, folks on both sides used this as an excuse to dredge up stuff that had nothing to do with the case at hand and in the process, turned this into an argument about things for which there is no remedy. The relatively few sane voices in the conversation on race get drowned out by the race pimps on both side who yell the loudest.
So it is a sad state of affairs in America today, one in which blacks and whites talk past each other instead of to each other. It is a sad state of affairs when people make assumptions about a person’s beliefs simply on the basis of race. And it is a sad state of affairs when people make excuses for injustice.