A thin veneer of civility has been peeled away with the excessive black vitriol resulting from the Zimmerman verdict.
The era of good feelings between blacks and whites, built up both during and after the Civil Rights movement was initially put to a test with the black jury verdict on the June 1994 murders of two white people in Los Angeles, and the subsequent acquittal of O.J. Simpson.
However divisive this brutal double murder was, there was no long-term diminished effect on the black/white rapprochement until the year-long Zimmerman case.
Our civilizing veneer is now peeling back and opinions are solidifying along racial lines. Blacks are protesting to an unwarranted degree the findings of a jury and whites are reacting by re-evaluating their acceptance of such a radical black dialogue of condemnation of an entirely proper verdict.
The most obvious signs of this divide are polls showing that confidence in race relations is significantly down over 10 years ago and also more visibly, the almost total lack of any white representation at the claimed 100 pro-Trayvon Martin rallies around the country.
A new era of strained race relations is now upon us and the previous almost harmonious relationship between the races is now at an abrupt end.