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  •  I commend you (8+ / 0-)

    for raising this essential issue ... that is as uncomfortable as it is true.

    I've just finished reading through all the comments and you have also been very gracious in dealing with those who not only disagree, but do so with unnecessary rudeness and vitriol.

    Several have also rejected your thesis on the grounds of scale of a single incident that transcends all other factors, but provide nothing more than a belief that this is so.  Moreover, you provide an entirely valid point of comparison of scale of black homicide deaths relative to whites  -- that is publicly ignored -- which is simply brushed away because the aggregate impact is supposedly not as horrifying or accessible to the public as the Newtown tragedy.  

    Others refute your thesis by citing public reaction to a bombing event -- not gun violence -- that occurred nearly 50 years ago.  One would think a more analogous and contemporary example could be used to support public outrage against black homicide rates.  And, those who use this example have apparently forgotten that the FBI and Justice Department at that time declined to prosecute the identified offenders, which enabled and prolonged the power of white privilege.

    The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. H.L. Mencken

    by ancblu on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:11:57 AM PST

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