Novelist Toni Morrison, in an interview with the Telegraph published last Sunday, made a comment that any person with a shred of decency and a conscience would have recanted, if not apologized for, long before now. Morrison, who has done neither, told the paper’s chief literary critic Gaby Wood:
People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race.’ This is the conversation. I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. And I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman. Then when you ask me, ‘Is it over?’ I will say yes.
We at LU aim to please. So Toni, meet Dillon Taylor. Described as “white and Hispanic” (shades of George Zimmerman), he was shot to death by a cop in South Salt Lake, Utah, on Aug. 11, 2014, exactly two days after the bullet that felled Michael Brown became the shot heard round the world. The officer who killed Taylor, Sgt. Darin Sweeten, is moreover black, which should be good for bonus points in your eye-for-an-eye brand of score-settling. As we noted here, Taylor wasn’t shot in the back, but neither was Brown.
Or take the case of Gilbert Collar, a white 18-year-old also shot and killed by a black police officer. Like Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Brown, Trevis Austin, Collar’s shooter, was not indicted by a grand jury.
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Speaking of George Zimmerman, if you need a parallel to the shooting of Trayvon Martin with the roles reversed — an armed black adult killing an unarmed white teen — we got one of those for you, too. The principals in this morality play are Roderick Scott, black homeowner, and the “suspicious-behaving” white 17-year-old he shot, Christopher Cervini. Like Zimmerman, Scott claimed he was acting in self-defense. And like Zimmerman, he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.
Finding a white man convicted for raping a black woman is so simple even you should have been able to do it. Surely, you are familiar with the case of Betty Jean Owens, whose rapists (there were four) were not only convicted but sentenced to life in prison. The crime took place, moreover, way back in 1959, in the days of Jim Crow.
The examples of the crimes and outcomes you crave are so commonplace that one is surprised that a personage as worldly wise as you is unaware of them. Or maybe you never heard of these cases because you’re just racist.