I received the news when i was getting ready to eat.
I was prepared, intellectually, for a not-guilty verdict. I was not ready in my gut.
As a radical i am quite aware of the injustices that regularly and historically have happened to people of color and to the poor. I am aware of how the system regularly justifies the murder of black people.
Yet i am nothing but sickened. And sitting here listening to these so-called defense attorneys gloat over their victory and place the blame for Trayvon Martin’s death on Trayvon is actually more than i can take.
This verdict is a verdict in favor of white fear. We should all be clear about that. This is a verdict that says that white people have every right to fear any and every black person and, if the law permits it, to act upon such fear. I do not care whether Zimmerman is part Latino, he acted as a white man and that is certainly how he will be remembered. Zimmerman looked at Trayvon through the eyes of a white man and assumed danger when no danger existed.
I just heard the attorneys asked what would have happened had the roles been reversed and one of the defense attorneys suggested that this would have never gone to trial and that this trial was manufactured by civil rights advocates. Well, i will give you a very different answer. Were an African American to shoot and kill a white youth who s/he believed was a threat there is little question but that such a person would be found guilty of something, assuming that they were not first lynched. The right of self-defense is not a right that Black people have ever had respected by white authorities, but when it is whites, or people acting as white, who claim self-defense against Blacks, any use of force is considered acceptable because, after all, Black people are scary people.
Once again we are reminded that there are zones that we cannot safely enter.
6 thoughts on “Zimmerman and the hunting of Black Folks”
My heart aches for the family of Trayvon – and for the prejudice still alive and well in (most of) the States. I believe zimmerman guilty as the day is long and it’s so disheartening to hear that ‘not guilty’.verdict.
it’s not all white folks. it’s rich, powerful white folks, who themselves are in the minority. they exercise disproportionate power. the whole “justice” system favors the powerful. it’s foolish to think that a regular person of any color will get justice. Zimmerman was multi-racial ( I know, I know, race is a construct). In any case, Zimmerman wasn’t black (and yes, his mom has African roots). How come no one’s talking about his dad who was a magistrate on the Virginia Supreme Court?
I agree. It is not all white folks. My point was that Zimmerman was thinking “like a white man” in relationship to African Americans. RE his father, i have no idea about him, what he thinks or anything else.
He did not assume danger. He was not afraid. He chased Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman would never have confronted someone he thought dangerous or armed. He went hunting, he hunted a child who tried to escape him, because that is his white privilege and his pleasure. Let us please not hear any more of these “white fear” excuses, as if it is fear that makes white supremacist men sadistic killers, on small scale and large. This is white ferocity, not fear.
Bill, You are so right about this farce of justice! So, Keep telling it like it is as they used to say back in the ’60s.