I am nearly half finished with the TRC report summary, but had to take a break and post the following excerpt – page 28. 

“Imagine for a moment that these elements would have been racially reversed, viewed as a photographic negative. Imagine a group of demonstrators is holding a demonstration against black terrorism in the affl uent white community of Irving Park. A caravan of armed black terrorists is allowed to drive unobstructed to the parade starting point, and photos are taken by the police as demonstrators are shot dead. Most of the cars are then allowed to fl ee the scene, unpursued, even as they threaten neighborhood pedestrians by pointing shotguns through the windows.

The defendants are tried and acquitted by an all-black jury. The first shots – fired by the blacks screaming “Shoot the Crackers!â€? and “Show me a Cracker with guts and Iʼll show you a black man with a gun!â€?– are described by black defense attorneys and accepted by jurors as “calming shots.â€? Meanwhile, the city government takes steps to block citizen protest of black terrorist violence including a curfew in the white neighborhood. The scenario is so unlikely as to be preposterous. Yet, in racial reverse, it is exactly what happened.”

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  1. Posted May 26, 2006 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    that’s extremely powerful…

  2. Mike K.
    Posted May 26, 2006 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Reminds of the scene at the end of a Time to Kill when the attorney played by Matthew McConahey (don’t know the exact spelling) used the same reverse psychology on the jury to emphasize that we need to consider actions that anyone could take, regardless of race. I think that’s one of the difficult things when talking about race relations in that it’s hard to get folks to really put themselves in the environment of another person’s race. Thanks for the excerpt.

  3. Posted May 26, 2006 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    even more pathetic, imagine the *very same participants* starting their march in irving park and not morningside. how many police officers woul’ve been on the scene?


  4. Posted May 26, 2006 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    but hwat good will the report do to help that? somebody please tell me why are they worth all this hype?