Though I was too young to understand the significance of the verdict at the time, the OJ Simpson verdict reaction should have supplied evidence to Pre-Obama Americans of just how divided the nation was and how no amount of conciliatory concessions could be made to make the US “one nation, indivisible” ever again (this article from NPR illustrates a discussion 10-years after the verdict shocked most of the nation and exhilarated 13 percent with a jolt of infectious joy):
Ms. LEVENSON: Right in front of the courthouse, when I walked out after the verdict, it was startling because on one side of the street, all the blacks were lined up and they were cheering for O.J., and on the other side of the street were the whites and they were just in shock. And it really made it all about race even though there were many other aspects to that case.
DEL BARCO: Levenson says the racial divide might be worse today than 10 years ago.
Ms. LEVENSON: Back at the time of O.J., it was probably about one out of every four young black Americans was a defendant in the criminal justice system. They’re saying now that the statistics now are more like one out of every three.
Now comes this article from Newsone.com, the official news source of the website Black Planet. The quoted editorial below received major exposure on that particular website and offers an opening into the true line of thinking that is pervasive in the Black community:
The mass murders committed by Connecticut resident, Omar Thornton, earlier this week, were a tragedy no doubt, but they reveal what a lot of Blacks still face nowadays. Regardless of how the media, politicians and local and federal law enforcement spin it, racism is alive and well and it’s kicking as hard now as it has in the past. The difference now is that it’s masked infinitely better than it was back then. Before it was a little more blatant, but now they’ve found ways to continue the ignorance right in front of us!
When you think about it, we can only compare racism to one thing and that’s our crazy uncle. The same one no one wants to see or hear at get-together’s. At family gatherings, you try your best to make sure he isn’t invited and when you find out is, you hope he doesn’t make it. But if he does, you try to keep him away from everyone and/or handle him with kid gloves because if he starts talking, the truth about the family is revealed and you can’t shut him up; and since he’s an alcoholic, you blame everything he says on his drinking, yet you never speak on the truths he is revealing and instead sweep them under the rug.
Ladies and gentlemen, that is racism in America in a nutshell.
As a dark-skinned Black man, I experience racism daily. On the streets, in stores, on public transportation and at work. You name the place and I’ve experienced it there. There’s even bias amongst Blacks, but that’s another story for another time. If I could reveal all the instances of racism I encounter on a regular basis, I’m quite positive most Blacks would agree while whites would think I’m overreacting.
Absolutely no evidence of racism has been found to support Mr. Thornton’s assertion that the dead white males deserved their fate (on the contrary, mountains of evidence have appeared that destroy his claims and perverted rationality for the slayings), yet Black people have jumped to his defense.
The cry of racism by a disgruntled Black employee is tantamount to introducing blood into shark-invested waters and a white guilt feeding frenzy will soon become overwhelming. Thornton’s reliance on blaming white people for his continued failures in life finally spilled over into his acting against these irrational beliefs and the (in his eyes) virtuous slayings of evil white racists.
The article on Newsone.com by a Black male who claims racism will never end shows how this contagion has spread throughout the entire Black community: if a Black person feels that The Man is holding them down, then it is obviously due to racism because Black people are capable of achieving only the highest levels of success. Black failure can only be explained by the continued existence of a glass-ceiling erected and maintained by white racism.
Omar Thornton showed how it is possible to shatter such a ceiling.
Earlier this week, The National Republican Senatorial Committee saw two former Black employees file a racial discrimination suit against the organization:
A longtime employee of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has accused its leaders of racial discrimination after they fired him last month.
Keith Carter, who joined the NRSC in 1995, has charged Republican officials with creating a hostile environment for the two African-American employees who worked at the committee.
Carter, who is black, said he was referred to as “boy” and forced to clean up the feces of dogs white employees had brought to work.
He filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court on Monday.
Brian Walsh, a spokesman for the NRSC, disputed the charges.
Had Carter and his comrade pulled an Omar Thornton and gone into the NRSC guns-ablazing, one can only imagine the cheers and adulation that Newsone.com would adorn these would-be protagonist with…
OJ Simpson’s verdict showed the great divide that existed within America. Omar Thornton’s mass-murdering of purported racists white males and the reaction from Black people (and their Disingenuous White Liberal enablers) shows how wide that divide has finally gotten.
Tomorrow, a return to normalcy at SBPDL with numbered posts resuming. Today, the realization that there can be no peace has finally settled in leaving me – strangely – comfortably numb.
The memory of people cheering at the reading of the OJ verdict has flooded my mind and the articles published at Newone.com, AOL Black Voices and countless Internet message boards rain with menacing precision, continuously proving that there can be no peace.
An undeclared war is already being waged across America, with Black-on-white and Black-on-Black killings and crime only getting worse.
This website was intended to be nothing but a joke. Well, during the past year SBPDL has chronicled a changing, quickly declining nation, and the punchline keeps getting worse and worse.
There is no joke anymore.