I literally turned on my local news station this morning and they had a black man (chosen purposefully no doubt) reporting multiple homicides committed by black males. And it was just SO obvious you know? Fucking ONE DAY AFTER FERGUSON and they have to bombard people’s minds with “EVIL BLACK MEN” to remind the white citizens of this country that black people are dangerous! Sensationalism to the tenth degree. Literally nothing reported about the deep and terrible corruption and racist police brutality that went on the last few days in Ferguson. NOTHING. The whitewashed media is truly scary.
There’s nothing inherently racist about stand-your-ground laws. If a black man attacks a white man, the white man has every right to use lethal force to defend himself. If a white man attacks a black man, the black man has every right to use lethal force to defend himself. The laws aren’t written in discriminatory language. They aren’t based on discriminatory ideas. The law itself is not racist.
The racism comes in when judges and juries choose to deny stand-your-ground laws to black people specifically, choosing instead to enact it selectively. That’s not limited to gun violence. Black people are not given the same level of protection under the law as white people are, whether it’s drug use or theft or the sale of unlicensed cigarettes. Anti-theft laws are not racist; uneven enforcement is. Stand your ground laws are not racist; uneven enforcement is.
Not that any of that is even relevant to Ferguson.