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You may recall the George Zimmerman v. Treyvon Martin incident of 2012 and the court case of 2013.
You may remember the elaborate media campaign that ran between the event and the trial*, intended to convince the African-American population that they are persecudet and it's the white people versus them. Oh and by the way there's a presidential election coming up, where it's one of us versus one of them. You know what to do.
Well, Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted, because he was, in fact, attacked, he was in fact getting pummeled and he did, in fact, have the right to defend himself. This decision touched off racial rage among the African-American community, of course, because it's not a question of right or wrong, it's one of us versus one of them.
The ultimate effects of this little political prank will float right over almost everyone's heads, but before you go back to your TV or Twitter or whatever you were doing, think about this:
Suppose someone observed that this little political prank, in its final result, will set relationships between the races back for years. I agree. So suppose we ask, "How many years?"
The fellowship between blacks and whites probably peaked in the Seventies or Eighties. It appears that owing to rap culture and who knows what else, African-Americans have since chosen to retreat back into their own society. Relationships between blacks as a group and whites as a group have hence deteriorated over the last few decades.
So if the Martyr Star Treyvon project set relations back, by which people mean that they made relations worse, you would have to say worse than what?
To go back to a point worse than 2012, you would have to go back past the deteriorating "F--- the Police" gangsta rap era, back past the hopeful and encouraging Seventies and Eighties, all the way back to the fabulous, burning-cities Sixties.