Monday, September 05, 2016


from the NYT,

Review of  Nobody:  Casualties of the War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, by Marc Lamont Hill.

“Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, From Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” is among the latest in the genre, a nonfiction treatise from the ­African-American studies professor and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill. “Nobody” nevertheless differs from its peers by going deeper into civic history: It examines the interlocking mechanisms that systematically disadvantage “those marked as poor, black, brown, immigrant, queer, or trans” — those, in Hill’s words, who are Nobodies. His choice to refer to these people as “nobody” is both accurate and brutal; as Todd Brewster writes in the foreword, over the length of the book the word becomes as familiar as the list that recites “like a rosary: Michael Brown, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin. With each death — from the vigilante George Zimmerman’s killing of Martin  . . ."
I like this authors approach.  He's goes beyond black v. white.  However, I disagree with the inclusion of George Zimmerman to the list.  Zimmerman was a private citizen who was not exercising power in the name of the state.
The others, all cops, were.  This is a crucial difference in many respects.  Acting in the name of the state is damaging to governmental and police legitimacy--crucial issues in a polarized society.  The usual meaning of the term "vigilante" is someone acting unlawfully.  Too  many commentators forget to mention that Zimmerman was acquitted of all crimes by a jury. which contained black members.  The presumption of guilt in face  of an acquittal is also bigotry. 
CORRECTION 10/23/16:  There were no black jurors in the Zimmerman trial.



  1. Trouble is, gangstas, thugs and truly criminal types are whitewashed as equally mistreated as those who were wrongfully killed.

    Trayvon, Brown, the guy in Milwaukee are obvious cases in point--and have given us BLM terrorism as funded by Soros.

    With assistance from the mainstream media.


  2. Agreed, too often people and mediahave a knee-jerk reaction and don't look at the facts. The cop is not always right/wrong nor is the suspect.