Screenwriter Furious at Zimmerman Verdict: If I Were Black, I'd Pick Up a Brick to Throw

Via The Wrap, we learned that on his blog “The Audacity of Despair,” former Baltimore Sun reporter and "The Wire" creator David Simon bluntly attacked the George Zimmerman verdict, suggesting it begs for racial rioting. He had that self-righteously arrogant tone of a former sportscaster who couldn’t keep a job in cock-eyed commentary.

“If I were a person of color in Florida, I would pick up a brick and start walking toward that courthouse in Sanford,” Simon confessed. “Those that do not, those that hold the pain and betrayal inside and somehow manage to resist violence — these citizens are testament to a stoic tolerance that is more than the rest of us deserve.  I confess, their patience and patriotism is well beyond my own.”


Like many liberals, Simon seems to feel that the white people of America desperately fail to understand that their race is objectively and categorically inferior in its compassion, understanding, and patriotism. The rant of white shame continued:

Behold, the lewd, pornographic embrace of two great American pathologies:  Race and guns, both of which have conspired not only to take the life of a teenager, but to make that killing entirely permissible.  I can’t look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country.  Tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American.

To Simon and other liberals, Trayvon Martin is somehow a Christ-like figure, an innocent, flawless victim who was minding his own business, buying Skittles. They never quite imagine themselves having their skull pounded into the cement until they fear for their life. Simon ought to have more imagination as a Hollywood writer.

He could only conclude "You can stand your ground if you’re white, and you can use a gun to do it. But if you stand your ground with your fists and you’re black, you’re dead."

Try not to be shocked that Barack Obama named "The Wire" as his favorite TV show in 2008.

[HT: Dan Isett]

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis