On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart tried to make sense of the Michael Dunn trial. You know, the one where a white Florida man was not convicted of first-degree murder for shooting and killing a 17-year-old black teenager. Actually, that describes a number of cases. So to figure out how this managed to happen once again, Stewart brought on Senior Correspondent Jessica Williams to explain what she calls, “the cherry on top of the shit sundae that is Black History month.”
Maybe it’s simply confusion. Maybe white people in America just don’t know what Black History month means. So Williams sorts it out: “You do know Black History month is not like deer season or turkey season right? It’s not the month when you’re allowed to shoot black people.”
But Williams has a better explanation for the Dunn trial: “fear goggles.” What are they, exactly? “The lens through which chronically terrified white people look at black kids,” Williams says.
For example, fear goggles transform this:
Which might explain how the Dunn and Trayvon Martin cases happened. See, “Once you put on fear goggles, you’ll hit anything with a bullet,” Williams says.