When will the cycle of racism stop?
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Jul 15, 2013
On Saturday night, July 14, 2013, the internet has exploded over the results of the George Zimmerman trial. Cries of shock, anger, and dismay resound on Facebook, on Twitter, around the blogosphere. There was a vigil already on Saturday, and there are more being planned.
I feel sick to my stomach. We live in a country where a man can shoot another man, a Black man, in the chest, and get off free. How can this be?
The laws are wrong, clearly. Floridas Stand Your Ground law, like similar laws in other states, has been revealed in this case as in others to be an epic failure, to encourage vigilante justice and lawlessness. Lets not forget that Zimmerman at first wasnt even charged with a crime, and it was only after public pressure that the prosecution took up the case.
But its more than just bad laws that has caused such a tragic and outrageous conclusion. Its the deep-seated racism that still persists as an ever-present scar on our country.
That Zimmerman was of mixed heritage doesnt negate the fact that fear had everything to do with what transpired the night Trayvon Martin died: fear of a Black man for being Black. Fear of a Black man for walking around at night.
No one will ever call the cops on me because Im walking through their neighborhood at night. It just simply wont happen because of my skin color. I dont get pulled over by the cops for no reason. Theres a whole list of things that I take for granted that I dont need to worry about because I happen to be white.
In some ways, I find myself unsure of how to even express my emotions over how Zimmerman could have been found innocent. Who am I to say anything, when I clearly enjoy this privilege that protects me from the George Zimmermans of the world?
At the same time, how will we ever become an anti-racist society if its just one segment of the population that expresses outrage when something like this happens? It takes all of usno matter the color of our skinto say, you know, this is something we need to deal with.
Its not going to happen at a rally, or on a blog, or because of a Facebook post. If we want to start chipping away at white privilege and racism, its going to have to start in schools. Unfortunately, I think that with some exceptions, schools still dont have strong tools for teaching young people about these issues.
#3 Jul 16, 2013
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