Dear White People, 'Please Don't Shoot Me'
Eugene Robinson has to ask out of desperation
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2014 1:34 PM CST
Jacob Black holds a sign outside of the Duval County Courthouse during the Michael Dunn trial.   (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Kelly Jordan)

(Newser) – First George Zimmerman. Now Michael Dunn, who escaped a murder charge after killing a black teenager who was playing music loudly. The killing of black men in America doesn't seem to faze the nation, so Eugene Robinson is resorting to this plea: "Please don't shoot me," he writes in the Washington Post: "Please don’t shoot my sons, either, or my brothers-in-law, nephews, nephews-in-law or other male relatives. I have quite a few friends and acquaintances who also happen to be black men, and I’d appreciate your not shooting them as well, even if the value you place on their lives is approximately zero."

Tongue-in-cheek, sure, but it's necessary because "nothing else has worked," Robinson writes. What to do? We can start by getting rid of "stand your ground" laws and similar statutes. But more importantly, we somehow need to stop people from assuming that all young black men are "bad," as Dunn assumed. This thinking played a role in both his case and in the Trayvon Martin shooting. "We don’t just have to change laws," writes Robinson. "We have to change hearts and minds." Click for his full column.

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drumz
Mar 2, 2014 12:08 PM CST
No problem, I am not a cowardly gun clutcher and I do not judge people based on race. I am a liberal and proud to be your neighbor.
Hammy696969
Feb 25, 2014 9:39 PM CST
Robinson wrote "I'm not aware of any law that says young black men have to follow orders from every random white man who comes along." He is correct - it does not exist. But what about the rules of common decency and respect for the rights of your fellow man, be he white, black, or yellow? Because you are black, it gives you the right to be an obnoxious, callous, inconsiderate piece of shit? I don't think so! Granted what Dunn did was not correct since there was no weapon involved, but his "boy" certainly did not ingratiate himself with his actions and I can certainly understand Dunn's anger, frustration, and chagrin. And because the kid acted like an asshole, he is now dead and a cracker goes to the slammer. There's no winner here. Robinson has a humongous chip on his shoulder for being a black man - this article and the others he has written clearly illustrate this. If he wants to write something constructive why doesn't he take the time out to write about all of the excessive, DELIBERATE black on white crime that permeates among the bros? He is so god damn obsessed with injustices, that he has his head up his butt and does not see clearly how his own race does so very little to help themselves socially and economically. He should get his head out of there, get rid of the stink, and open his eyes to reality. His hate filled diatribes do nothing to help the situation.____________________________________________________________
Freemason3332
Feb 24, 2014 6:41 AM CST
First of all George Zimmerman isn't white! White people kills minorities on the way they talk, walk, dress, etc, because white people are not from this planet. Why you think white people try to mimic the minorities? The reason is because Caucasians know they travel many stars away from planet Earth to get here and they are mixing their race with the minorities now!! Pleiadians that came from the seven stars in the sky.. Mostly of white people period are called the Nordic blonde....Nordics are typically described as six to seven feet tall (about two meters) with long blond hair and blue eyes, and are commonly reported as being male.Their skin is said to range from fair colored to tanned, they are reported to be in excellent physical shape, and they are sometimes described as wearing skintight clothing.During the 1950s, many contactees, especially those in Europe, reported beings fitting this description. If you speak to any old civilization they will tell you white people are not from this planet! Remember, the Mayans thought white people were gods! If you read the bible mostly every person that was spoken of was white!! White people wants you to worship them like they were a god. God means creator, meaning you parents are a god too because they created you! Mostly every holiday involve with the white race! Meaning you are celebrating white people holidays that were created by them. Remember what they did to the Indians on thanksgiving day? They poison 200 chiefs Indians on that day as while rapping their women and their kids as while trying to beat the language out of them!! Meaning, WHITE PEOPLE try to bring the American Indians to instinct. White people are dominate cause their race involve being breaded with something evil and they are out number on this planet! The minorities are the originator of the planet and the white's knows this!! I travel to 52 countries so i have seen and have proof on this what i am expressing! People needs to read about the Caucasians mountains and see why white people are called the Caucasians. If the white people get folly expose they will destroy this planet again!! Remember every major war was cause from white people! Now you know its not the minorities you should fear its the white you should fear! USA don't have a government, its own by wall-street.. Keep paying taxes and you'll make Goldman sachs and AIG richer than what they are! P.S. i don't care if no one agree with me because i know the truth and these bankers and white people are fooling the world!!