Some have said that merely bringing up the possibility of blacks rioting is itself racist.
We must remember that whites, too, have a long history of rioting when verdicts don't go to their liking. Who can forget the great LA riots of 1995 following OJ Simpson's acquittal?
After David Duke and Tom Metzger led candlelit marches through Watts and Compton, attracting thousands of white marchers, and after Duke solemnly intoned to a gullible media that it was "open
season on young white people," things rapidly spiraled out of control.
The marchers had started out in an orderly fashion, merely bellowing, "No justice, no peace!" But then a splinter group started yelling, "If the glove don't fit, it don't mean shit!" and the larger group took up that cry as well.
Soon after, some of the whites started rampaging through black neighborhoods, smashing store windows and grabbing television sets, designer jeans, and whatever else they could.
Many of the white marchers decided to go "wilding" and engaged in what they referred to as "black bear hunting," which consisted of punching and knocking down any black man they saw. In the ensuing violence seven people were killed and scores injured.
There was, however, one case of a black man who, after being attacked by a group of whites, punched one of his assailants. The white man fell back and hit his head against a fence post; he later died of his injuries.
The media, always hungry to find a white victimized by a black, of course kept that story on the front page for weeks. They found an angelic-looking picture of the dead white man from junior high school and used that to illustrate their articles, many of which quoted his friends about what a "good boy" he had been. The newspapers put pictures of his grieving relatives on their front pages, and, in their many editorials about the case, lamented it as a classic case of racism.
(It's hard not to become just a tad cynical about this kind of media coverage.)
In the immediate aftermath of the OJ verdict, many blacks were afraid to leave their houses, terrified of the roving white mobs who would set fire to cars, torch abandoned buildings, and loot, while the police, who had been instructed to keep their distance in order not to further inflame tensions, just watched.
So if blacks riot if Zimmerman is found innocent, let's not hear any racist talk. Whites behave the same way.