Commentary from a Black man wearing a hoodie
As the world grapples with the implications of the “Not Guilty” verdict that six anonymous women rendered in favor of George Zimmerman’s “self-defense” claim for killing an unarmed 17 year-old Black teenager named Trayvon Benjamin Martin on a dark and rainy night in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012; a murder trial that many in the United States considered the civil rights trial of the 21st century, logical people must ask aloud, “Should we really be surprised by the verdict?” The simple answer is “No”.
For the most part the United States of America has always been a racist and bigoted country. That’s not to imply that every non person of color in the U.S. is a racist, but those who are not racist and bigoted fully understand / know (if they’re honest) that being born White in America is more advantageous than let’s say being born Black or Brown.
For a White person to say unequivocally that “times have changed” and that the color of one’s skin really doesn’t matter in the United States of America has evidently never had the experience of being pulled over by the police for Driving While Black or subjected to suspicious stares while shopping at the mall.
But now “the game” in America has changed with George Zimmerman’s “Not Guilty” verdict. Unarmed Black men, young and not-so-young, can be followed by suspicious Whites, approached and shot dead without fear of facing a prison conviction. “Walking While Black” can now be punishable by death and all the White person has to say if a fight ensues is that they feared for their life.
The American justice system can’t allow “thugged out” Black menaces to society to fight back and stand their ground against law abiding White folk; naw, not now not ever. The rules that some call “laws” were never written to protect people of color; rather they were written and passed to keep us in our place.
Understanding America’s twisted perceptions
We only have to go back as far as our parents and grandparents generation to get a clearer picture of just how twisted “American justice” can be when it comes to race relations.
From the beginning the far majority of American parents and grandparents were taught as children that the Red man aka “Indian” was a “backward savage” who didn’t deserve to be stewards of such a beautiful and majestic land that held so much promise for European-American settlers.
So it was only “natural” when our parents and grandparents played “Cowboys and Indians” that Native Americans were immediately identified as being the “the bad guys”.
Consequently the more Indians they pretended to kill as cowboys made them feel good and even boosted their self-esteem. This pseudo belief that Native Americans were the enemy was perpetuated by lies, film and stage. And because millions of Native Americans were exiled to live on Indian Reservations we have a tendency to forget their pain and their continued suffering, “out of sight, out of mind”.
But what about African-American young men who strive to live the American dream? Is it being too uppity for us to ask people who suffer from Negrophobia to be left alone and allowed to walk home from a convenience store without being hunted, approached and killed?
Or are we supposed to be confined to our own “Black folk reservations” and immediately present a special “visiting pass” with our eyes and voice lowered, to our Negrophobiac interrogator when we venture off the Rez? I wonder, Justice Clarence Thomas do you care what conservatism has evolved into? That’s right I’m calling you out sir. You know Karma is a funny thing, “what goes around, comes around”.
In closing, if Black folk don’t get off their ass and begin voting in local, state, congressional and senatorial elections we’re going to wake up one day and find out that conservatism has now killed our sons, our daughters and our spouse. Florida’s self-defense law was not written to protect Black folk, had it been, Trayvon Martin’s killer would be sitting in a jail cell now.
And let’s not fool our self, if Trayvon Martin had been 27 years-old and shot and killed an unarmed 17 year-old White teenaged boy coming home from a convenience store, Trayvon would be in prison today, most likely on death row. Are you listening world? This is American justice and it stinks.
Oscar Grant, your death is not forgotten sir and neither will Trayvon’s death be forgotten as well. The question is what will Black and Brown folk do? To the haters I extend my middle finger. You see it ain’t so easy to kill a grown Black man who can shoot back. George Zimmerman Karma is a mother (you know the other word) and if Karma is late, just remember that God don’t like ugly.
Let’s hear it world, is my commentary right or is it wrong? An Inquiring mind who’s wearing a hoodie would like to know.