On issues such as these, it's easy for some to say that although this is a double standard, that trial of Whites for injuring Blacks is definitely progress in comparison with earlier time periods when Whites could murder a Black person and send a postcard to their parents boasting with images attached.
We mentioned Recy Taylor and we know that her rapists were only tried after a national campaign was launched which is definitely a contrast with the case in which we are discussing, however I do not consider the trial of those 4 men as justice. For myself, justice/progress would be when things of these of this nature don't happen and definitely aren't considered less egregious based on the race of the criminals.
I tend to agree with Malcolm X's quote about the "Knife in my Back"which you can listen to here if you like: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiSiHRNQlQo . He basically says that progress is not causing someone to hurt a bit less but healing the wound which one has caused. If this is our definition of progress then it's easy to say that America has not made much progress over the years. The pain which America has inflicted upon Blacks has not faded nor healed. The pain has only been redirected so that the American public and White Americans have the privilege of not having to contend with these issues.
While the measurement of progress is definitely subjective in a sense, can we truthfully say that we are progressing in terms of the law when Blacks are targeted by the police and the unfair laws and practices result in Blacks being warehoused as if they were goods of the government?
What do you all think? What constitutes progress to you? Is someone sticking a knife deep in your back and pulling it out some inches progress? Should someone be happy because of situations like these. I understand that situations such as these could be seen as starting points but for me the results never seem to be what we thought it would be.