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 Why the fantasy is naive, insidious and deadly

How false optimism on race seduces idealistic black youth into identifying with the very people who’d kill them

 

 

Rachel Jeantel, Creshuna Miles (Credit: Reuters/Jacob Langston/CNN)
 

Last week, Creshuna Miles, Juror No. 8 in the Michael Dunn trial, gave an interview to CNN about the jury’s partial verdict. Although she believes that Michael Dunn is guilty of second-degree murder, a lesser charge for which the jury had the option to convict, she insisted that the case was “not about race,” that it never came up. Moreover, she believed Michael Dunn to be essentially “a good guy,” who made “bad choices.”  

 

Startlingly, she also indicated that until Dunn ran down the street chasing Jordan’s three friends, she actually believed that Dunn acted in self-defense.  

 

Post-racial thinking is insidious not only because it gives lie to the very real and continuing material consequences of racism in this country, but also because it seduces young, optimistic, idealistic black youth into identifying with the very systems and people who would kill them without a second thought — and then go order a pizza and a take a nap. 

 

Part of what Miles’ impressions of Dunn reveal is that the defense did a far better job of humanizing Dunn for the jury than the prosecution did of humanizing Jordan for the jury.  

 

But her impressions also reveal a deep disidentification with the seemingly retrograde racial politics that informed Dunn’s fatal engagement with Jordan Davis. Those 20th century-style racial politics take as a given that a group of young black men listening to rap music must be up to no good and that white harm is imminent.  

 

Such thinking seems not to fit the cosmopolitan, progressive 21st century narrative of multiracial acceptance that ideological post-racialism pretends to be. 

 

I know that jury selection is a strategy. And I know Creshuna Miles was picked because she is a black woman whose political views seem to be able to lay race to the side, even when it is so glaringly obvious.  

 

Had Jordan Davis been white, he would still be alive. Maybe Michael Dunn would have yelled at a white Jordan Davis for bumping rap music, but he absolutely would not have perceived such a kid to be a threat or the playing of rap music loud enough to constitute a capital offense.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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I know that jury selection is a strategy. And I know Creshuna Miles was picked because she is a black woman whose political views seem to be able to lay race to the side, even when it is so glaringly obvious

 

She might have laid race aside, but when she went to the Ladies' Room and accidentally looked into the damn mirror, she FORGOT what she was doing; she FORGOT why she was there.  She got scared some kind of way, she just wasn't scared straight.  Do they have any black "beauty" parlors in damn Florida???  Just wondering!!  Creshuna:  Wow!!!!

  Yes I too believe that they strategically selected this young girl for two reasons:  (1) she was a black woman (2) she could be easily manipulated and influenced by her white counterparts.  Cuz usually during jury selection each attorney ask specific questions to determine if said juror would be unbiased and stick to the facts...and also if some jurors are followers and if some are leaders.  It was quickly determined that by choosing a young black woman that white jurors would be comfortable being around as they make an obvious decision on the white defendant's behalf is also another factor to consider.  Bottom line.  They KNEW what they were doing and also knew she would be the ONE to explain their verdict.  A verdict every one could easily predict.  Typical whiteboy strategy.  Especially it comes to controlling black people.  But!.  

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