A uniform we all recognize?

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This article is in response to Richard Cohen's article, Racism vs. Reality, published July 15, 2013 in the Washington Post:

Dear Mr. Cohen,

You are indeed a racist, but more succinctly, you're a pussy.

If you're tired of politicians and others ... who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, you are a racist, then stop saying racist shit like recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States.  Even if you're not a racist, the terminology is racist; just as if you say to me Merci beau coup and I respond by saying pas de quoi, we have spoken french; so too when you say something like "the public knows young black males commit a disproportionate amount of crime" you are speaking racist psycho babble and it is for that reason you are a racist.

But I submit, Mr. Cohen, that your are not afraid of young Black men because of their chosen attire, but instead, you are afraid because you are, at best, a pussy, and most likely, a wussy fraidy cat.  You walk down the streets of the city in abject fear, not for any rational reason, but because you feel yourself to be inadequate, and in turn, you make up these wild wild west scenarios in attempt to make yourself feel a little less vulnerable and a little less wimpy. 

And exactly what part of Trayvon Martin's uniform do you recognize to be sinister?  Certainly, you can not assert that anyone who merely wears a hooded sweat shirt is a criminal.  If hooded sweat shirts are necessarily intended to be worn solely by criminals, can we then hold Ambercrombie & Fitch, JC Penny, Macy's and virtually every retailer that carries sports attire liable of aiding and abetting?  If not, then the offensive part of Mr. Martin's uniform would have to have been his skin color, and by that assumption, you once again brand yourself, racist.

Further, Mr. Cohen, politicians and others don't essentially suggest that, you are a racist for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, but rather because you have a history of writing bigoted, myopic and dismissive opinions.