You see racism rear its ugly head when a crime is committed with people calling the criminals “animals” and suggesting that the police should check Newark. The thought that “those kind of crimes” should only happen in urban areas because “this is a safe area” can be extremely naive because these expressions are predicated on the idea that crime is relegate to only one kind of people and location (Ha!). Though the person that committed the crime was wrong and should be brought to justice, there is no excuse for the use of dehumanizing stereotypes, but then again racism is so institutionalized people can easily justify their fears and concerns and then argue that people should be able to carry concealed guns. This runs the risk of having another Trayvon Martin tragedy occur because people are filled with their racial biases about black masculinity. One comment I saw suggested that we go back to the old way of dealing with crimes which for me as someone who studies race is scary. Based on these assumptions, and they are assumptions, people are making about the shooters in the Short Hills Mall shooting, black men all around North Jersey would be prime suspects. Who is to say that had this not be the 1950s some black boys would have ended up dead, not for being the criminals but for being victims of the institutionalized racism that plagues our society. One person’s acts does not make a race as evil can be committed by anyone so please be careful of how you discuss crime and those who commit it.