Juror B37's interview on CNN brought forth memories that lie deep down embedded in me. They were memories of an era when Blacks freedom of movement was obstructed and certain areas and public places in the United States were off limits to them. Not only that, it could mean a life or death situation.
Before I begin, here's a link to someone's honest opinion on went wrong. After you read it, I'm asking you to bear with me because I have a lot to say. Some of it I've said before in the past, but feel that it applies today as well.
Her comments also reminded me of something that Richard Wright once wrote in his book Uncle Tom's Children. The first sentence he wrote in his book was, “My first lesson in how to live as a Negro came when I was quite small.” That first sentence in the book struck me as sort of odd. I was like why would a black man make a statement like that? However, when I thought about it, it made a lot of sense.
Richard Wright’s story took place during an era when there was no such thing as Civil Rights for minorities. Blacks had no rights! Black men in the past were lynched at the drop of a hat for trivial so-called offenses and many of those so-called offenses were "created falsehoods" because of their thirst for black men’s blood. Their lust and racism demon watched strange fruit hanging from a tree for sadistic entertainment purposes.