Skip to comments.Trayvon Martin and race: Humans can't make progress until we move past stereotypes and prejudice
Posted on 04/30/2012 12:05:10 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Trayvon Martin did not deserve to die. Everyone has heard the story of the 17-year-old black kid who was walking home from a Florida gas station, when he was shot dead by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman. Zimmerman wasnt arrested until recently, since he was protected by Floridas "Stand Your Ground" law, which states that its all right to kill someone if they confront you. George Zimmerman claims that Martin attacked him.
Im a white kid, so some may argue that the gravity of the situation is somewhat lost on me, but its not. Im a firm believer in the fact that every person is considered a person, no matter what they look like, or where theyre from. Ive lived in Syracuse for my entire life and thanks to the schools that I go to, I have lived with an unbelievable amount of diversity every single day.
There is no doubt in my mind that this was a racially motivated murder. If it had been a white girl, Zimmerman wouldve been in jail so fast -- although, he probably wouldnt have shot in the first place. Even if Martin really did attack Zimmerman, the fact remains that Zimmerman followed the unarmed kid with a gun. If Martin had a gun, he wouldve been completely within his rights to kill Zimmerman, but, if he had, he probably wouldve been arrested and put in jail for years.
Racism like this needs to end. We need to move past these ideas of stereotypes and prejudice and coexist. Only then can we make true progression within the human race.
Hahahaha! I believe that’s a male of our species.
Sorry kid, but when you make false assertions right at the beginning of your screed that support your own stereotypes & prejudices, you loose the right to be taken seriously ...
Comnment from TSP-S:
[”Junior, what if this had been a black on black crime? It would have been ok right? I mean we have blacks killing each other in droves every night in all the major cities. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on all those murders? Or don’t they count? I imagine you live a nice sheltered life in a middle class home with parents that have done a nice job of sheltering you from the real world. that’s ok but it’s time you got exposed to how brutally savage some people are in their everyday lives. Get out a bit, take a walk thru one of the slums in your city and lets see how long you survive.”]
Good one, consider it stolen for free use.
In pic at link, he looks like a Alfred E. Neuman clone.
I seem to remember there was a ton of ‘junk’ like this out there when the Duke Lacrosse team case was the racial poster child of the moment. Didn’t some of the faculty at Duke take out an ad about the incident, jumping to conclusions while featuring themselves as tolerant progressives? Did they subsequently take out an ad to apologize to the Lacrosse team?
Uh, reread the post, tis not Trayvon’s parents referred to, but the 16 year old dork’s
Shirley you jest!
Given the facts I know of the case, If the roles were reversed and a black neighborhood watch captain had to shoot a Hispanic man who was beating him I would say there is no case against the shooter.
I know in my heart that that is what I would say. I always judge the facts, I never let something so trivial as race enter into the equation.
I suppose this makes me odd, I’m so happy to be surrounded by so many similarly afflicted individuals on this forum. :-)
I'm beginning to get a feel for what a rare critter I was at that age. To me, it was more important to be right--and it still is.
I can't begin to describe the ridicule and criticism I have endured over the years for being right.
It isn't easy, and it's even harder sometimes to not rub people's faces in it when you are proven that way.
But when the day is done, it is worth enduring it, and those who will graciously admit they were wrong can become allies in the future.
“Shirley you jest!”
Yeah, Shirley’s pretty funny..
Where was the BARF alert!
Shirley would be a better president. She actually knew how to run a hamburger joint.
Wasn’t room for it after that lo-o-o-o-ng title.
The title itself is a BARF Alert ....
Stuff like artificial light, instant data communication, and space flight. Us neanderthals can only progress by being diverse and non-discriminatory.
“Trayvon Martin did not deserve to die.”
Yes he did. Ans so would you under similar circumstances.
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