Racial profiling and white privilege addressed in Martin/Zimmerman responses

Causes of anger within the African-American community finally addressed in media.

After the Zimmerman/Martin case, it was difficult to hear much more than, “The law did its job” or “Just get over it, the trial is over already.”

We are now seeing more articles written through the African-American point of view on the case. This is a great step forward, because people are reading more about the issues of racism in the case. Hopefully through these articles and speeches, people who were quick to judge the case can now understand it better from the other point of view.

Earlier today, an  article was posted on Jezebel. The most powerful part of Alia Moore’s article may be her interpretation of racial differences:

Our children come under suspicion more easily than yours do, our deaths aren’t tragedies to anyone and, even more disheartening, our deaths aren’t even tragic to us anymore because we have been taught to devalue ourselves on such a grand scale. Can you understand that? And then, for the media to derogate and deride the memory of a deceased teenager like he was worthless further drives it home for us. Clearly, we are not like you, no matter how much we learn, no matter what we achieve, no matter our perceived success. We are not like you, and you remind us every day.

By reading something like this, it makes it clear that there are so many differences between all types of people, but the group with the perceived privilege often times has difficulty understand these differences and the pain caused due to them.

On another note:

President Barack Obama released another statement about the case. In his speech, he also touches on the topic of racial profiling. In one of his earlier speeches, he states that if he “had a son, he would look like Trayvon.” 

In his speech from July 19, Obama states:

And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.

And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator…Those sets of experiences inform how the African-American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.

Obama gives a hopeful ending:

I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. I doesn’t mean that we’re in a postracial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But you know, when I talk to Malia and Sasha and I listen to their friends and I see them interact, they’re better than we are. They’re better than we were on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.

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