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Addicting Info: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Leads To Shooting Rampage In Oklahoma

-By Wendy Gittleson

April 10, 2012- Two Tulsa, Oklahoma men, Jacob England, 19 and Alvin Watts, 32, have been charged with multiple counts of murder, attempted murder and illegal weapons possession following an apparently racially motivated shooting rampage Friday night inside an African American community. Three people are dead and two are injured.

From Raw Story:

It’s not yet clear what their motive was for the rampage, but England’s father was shot and killed by a black man in 2010. Just one day before the shootings, and on the second anniversary of his father’s death, England published a racially fueled screed online admitting, “it’s hard not to go off.”

The man who shot England’s father was ultimately not charged with the shooting under a “Stand Your Ground” law which permits lethal force in cases of self defense. He did however face several other charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.

The defense that is being used by George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin is also the “Stand Your Ground” law, but Zimmerman, unlike the man who shot England’s father, has not been arrested.

It’s becoming increasingly more obvious that we do not live in a post-racial society. For many of us who grew up in the post-civil rights era, the recent attempt at mainstreaming racism is both shocking and frankly, frightening.

Leaders on the right do what leaders on the right have done for centuries, they encourage racism. As long as we, as a populous, are divided into arbitrary groups pitted against each other, they can distract us from the fact that they, the people in charge, are stealing our livelihoods. As a political tactic, divide and conquer is as old as the Bible. Unfortunately, it still works.



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