Skip to comments.Sidestepping race in Zimmermanís trial only puts a bandaid on Americaís racial wound (Barf alert)
Posted on 07/13/2013 12:31:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Over the past several days, I have been watching the trial of George Zimmerman in horror, anger, and disgust. My heart has been heavy.
I watched at the attempts to discredit Trayvons parents - Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. I watched as they cried throughout the trial, my heart aching as Trayvons mother looked away when her sons dead body was shown on the screen. I could see the immense pain in her eyes.
.. And then there was Trayvons friend, Rachel Jeantel. I watched how Zimmermans defense attorney grilled Jeantel with unnecessary details. I noticed the mocking tone, and the condescending requests for her to repeat her words loudly and clearly. The disrespectful attempts to paint her as dishonest, ignorant, and uneducated were obvious.
And then I watched the closing arguments -- how the prosecution provided point after point demonstrating where truth and justice in this case lie; while the defense attorney relentlessly tried to tear apart a kids character, painting him a criminal, aggressor, and thug.
What is striking to me about the Zimmerman trial and overall media commentary is the intentional erasure of race, as if Trayvon was murdered in a vacuum. Its as if race and racism in this country do not exist, as if race had nothing to do with Trayvons death, when in reality, race is at the heart of it all.
For those of us who understand how race relations in this country work, race is the elephant in the room. To us, it is clear what happened: Trayvon, a young, black male, was walking down a street in white, upper-middle class suburbia. He was consequently racially profiled, followed, and then killed - by a man who made assumptions about his identity and values merely by looking at him.
We all know Zimmerman did not have to act; he was told not to by authorities. He didnt have to follow, shoot, or kill. But he did, because what he made himself believe was that Trayvon was a criminal. Just another f***ing punk, one of those assholes who always gets away.
This trial and Trayvons death hurt. It hurts because this is not new. Its part of a long history of violence against black and brown bodies, a history of violence that is intimately connected to our own present-day lives.
On a daily basis, people of color are profiled and policed. From the way we are perceived when walking down the street, in the airport, and malls; to the way colleagues and peers make assumptions about our competence in schools and workplaces; to the subtle microaggressions we deal with from passersby; to the disproportionate state violence and brutality of our communities by police and authorities.
Racial profiling is our daily lived reality.
Thats why it is a slap in the face for people to say race had nothing to do with the way Zimmerman profiled Trayvon. This statement in itself completely denies us our truths and our lived realities. It essentially says, We dont believe you. We dont see race, racism, or racial profiling, so it cant be there. Stop making this up. To that I say: We know it when we see it. Just because you dont see it does not mean it is not there. It means you are privileged enough to not have experienced it or understand it.
And that is the gut-wrenching irony in all of this: that the victims of racial profiling, racial violence, harassment, and microaggressions are told to keep quiet. We are told race doesnt matter. That racial bias did not play a role in Zimmermans decisions. And, in fact, the judge herself ruled the term racial profiling would not be allowed during the trial.
Well, this begs the question: How can you even begin to fairly administer justice if you have already sanitized the crime? How can you get to the bottom of it, if you have already eliminated the very real possibility of racial bias? It seems to me that justice for Trayvon was - from the beginning - set up to be a futile effort.
The double irony in this is, it was, in fact Zimmerman who first made this a race issue. Had Trayvon been a white, blond-haired teenager, I doubt Zimmerman would have acted in the way he did. But, Trayvon wasnt privileged enough to be white. He was black. He was wearing a hoodie. And that was enough for Zimmerman to assume he was a threat.
Sadly, something in my gut tells me justice will not be served. That, even in the best case scenario, Zimmerman will not face the full charge. For those of us who are on the side of justice, obviously this is not enough. All we can do is anxiously wait for the verdict.
However, what is clear to those who understand Americas race problem is that the Zimmerman trial merely spotlights how black life in America is worthless and disposable. The refusal to acknowledge racial bias and stereotyping as a cause for Trayvons death represents a myth: the myth of post-racial and colorblind America.
This America simultaneously devalues black life, while e-racing racism and tangible manifestations thereof. This America attempts to move forward from the race conversation, while completely sidestepping it. This America tries to apply a band-aid to the wound, without stopping the bleeding first.
I submit that our countrys race problem will never go away until we first heal the wound. Until then, it will keep coming back to haunt us.
Lolla Mohammed Nur
Did you just add that barf alert, lol?
Lolla honey ... mohammed is a boys name.
But I DID read a littlr ... just to see.
I stopped at
"For those of us who understand how race relations in this country work, race is the elephant in the room. To us, it is clear what happened: Trayvon, a young, black male, was walking down a street in white, upper-middle class suburbia. He was consequently racially profiled, followed, and then killed - by a man who made assumptions about his identity and values merely by looking at him."
A picture is worth a thousand words. In this racial trial is a latino and a black. Suddenly this latino is a white guy and now it’s racial. These idiots spew crap and the public has become blind!
Based on the crime statistics, you'd have to be insane not to profile. Discreetly as possible of course.
I’ll bet the homeowners there will be surprised to hear themselves described as “white, upper middle class” since most of them aren’t. It’s a converted apartment complex, as I understand it. Hardly Palm Beach.
There has been much speculation on the extent and reasoning behind the Administrations meddling in the Zimmerman trial. From the obvious pushing for an arrest when one was not forthcoming to the If I had a son... statement, one has to wonder if the doctoring of Zimmermans photo to lighten his skin to portray him as white was also orchestrated from on high. What would be the reasoning for this and what is hoped to be accomplished?
From the beginning this has been portrayed by Obamas sycophant left wing media as a white man shooting an innocent black child. But just the pictures tell a different story. The portrait of innocence Martin was not and neither was he a child. As for Zimmerman can anyone say that looking at him, his mother, and his uncle in the courtroom the first thought you have is white people? So what is really going on here?
The tensions between blacks and Hispanics has been going on for decades in every American city and prison. However, the Democratic Party needs to control these tensions as they could fracture the Democrats and weaken their power. Thus they had to orchestrate this as a white vs black issue. We now have the why, but what else are they accomplishing?
A subtle message is being sent by this Administration that seems to have escaped media attention. IF YOU ARE HISPANIC, YOU DONT MATTER. In essence the Democratic Party is making it clear, blacks in the Democratic Party are the house workers and Hispanics are the field workers. The black power brokers in Washington see they are about to be overtaken by Hispanic demographics and are sending the clear message that the Hispanic place on the Democratic Party Plantation is on a lower rung.
Imagine if Hispanics had even a tenth of the race-baiters that American blacks have. Now imagine if most Hispanic radio stations had been portraying this trial honestly, that one of their own was being railroaded by the Obama administration. The outcome and aftermath of this trial would be dramatically different and it would not bode well for the Democratic Party. The fact is that Washington was able to control the entire narrative regarding this trial. Only time will tell if the Hispanic community will wake up and break their Democratic Party chains.
Took about ten seconds:
Communities of Color Use Storytelling to Oppose Minnesotas Voter ID Amendment
Appears to be tied to MN Public Radio, unless there's another Lolla Mohammed Nur plying the same tripe in the same area
Then she hasn't been paying attention.
The community Martin was killed in had people of all different races in it.
He was consequently racially profiled, followed, and then killed - by a man who made assumptions about his identity and values merely by looking at him.
Who described his behavior as being a person who looked like he was on drugs, and couldnt even positively identify his race, stating only, when asked, "He looks black."
Sorry, sweetie. The facts just don't match your perception. Maybe you should've learned the facts before forming that perception.
“Lolla Mohammed Nur “
She has done her duty to leftism. She will win awards for her writing.
One certified victim group helping another one out.
By race they don’t mean race. They mean that every time a White has a confrontation with a non-White, the White is wrong because he is a racist.
This person should look at the group she belongs to, and recall that that group is racist, angry, violent, intolerant, deceitful and uncivilized.
Ms. Nut has ALOT to learn about the USA.
Per DOJ stats, between 1976-2005 blacks were 12% of the US population yet accounted for 52.2% of all homicides committed.
What say you to that, Lolla?
For 40 years now, it’s all about race and nearly every bit of it has been directed at white Americans. So much so, many totally innocent white people feel guilt.
Given this fact, I find it quite interesting the U.S. Government for about 30 or 40 years now, has intentionally been flooding America tens of hundreds of thousands of non-white people, including Muslims, Mexicans, Haitians, Turks, etc., etc.
You and I don’t share a country lady, lets get that straight from the start!
I work in a 99% minority job. Over 500 people work there and almost all of them would agree with this.
People get emotional when the facts do not support their irrational beliefs!
OPINION | Sidestepping race in Zimmermans trial only puts a bandaid on Americas racial wound
By Lolla Mohammed Nur, At the Intersection
July 12, 2013
It was just a "moon is green cheese" opinion, not a news report supposedly reporting fact. It should havr been posted that way, eh?
Since when is the purpose of the criminal justice system to heal America’s “racial wound”? (Rhetorical question, of course.)
America’s “racial wound” will never heal as long as there are people who make money by picking at the scab.
Which is another way of saying America’s “racial wound” will NEVER heal.
She dares to show her face? Stone HER!!!!
And injecting “race” where it does not belong does . . . what? Oh yeah, slashes the wound open to the point where staples would barely hold it together. This woman obviously is looking to incite jihad.
I don’t for a moment question that Trayvon was a racist, and he thought George to be a cracker. I don’t know if race had anything to do with Trayvon attacking George, but certainly it has something to do with the aftermath. Had George been a black man, we wouldn’t be reading all this sappy, nonsensical, meaningless crap about racism. Nothing would have happened. What race-baiting poverty pimpers are riled about is that they may not be able to manipulate the system.
He’s give or take as black as Mr. Obama. Does that count?
America taking lessons in religion, morals, and free market economics from the Russians? Yeah, I can stand it. Ironic but I can stand it.
America taking lessons in racial relations from a hijabi Mohammedan!!!? NO FREAKING WAY!!
Over the past several days, I have been watching the trial of George Zimmerman in horror, anger, and disgust.
Me also. What a shame that a man can be put on trail to satisfy a political agenda. This should never happen in America.
A man defends himself against a drugged thug life wannabe and the media tries to make a angel out of the thug. What a crime.
What is striking to me about the Zimmerman trial and overall media commentary is the intentional erasure of race,
You are either as dumb as a box of rocks or you are just a liar. The only reason there is even a trial is because of race. This is only about race. If it would have been a white thug shot we would not be at this point. If it had been a black man shootng a black thug we would not be at this point.
This was a politically driven race trial.
If racial unrest follows Zimmerman jury decision, blame it on Activist Obama
Saturday, July 13, 2013 12:08:14 PM · 18 of 26
mosesdapoet to rktman
The Canadians got it right.! Too bad half of the so called conservatives talk show hosts Ive been listening to cant seem to be willing to connect the dots to what a heavy hand his imperious highness played in this example of socialist justice meted out to serve the policies of the state . Turning this into a show trial replete with wall to wall tv coverage..
Even after learning the shooter was a very dark skinned hispanic. Obama did nothing to curtail the hyperbole claiming the neighborhood watch captain was a white hispanic by a compliant propaganda machine. Worse yet allowed his US Attorney General to use questionable activities to promote a show trial and ignored using a threat of prosecution to black militant groups threatening the watch captains life.
Meanwhile attacks by black groups on selected happless white victims which wind in their death get ignored by the mainline socialist messengers MSM service and black on black killings many of the age of the so called victim is likewise same-o same-o.
Title: How to Respond If Zimmerman Is Acquitted
Historically the Black community has spoken out about racially-sensitive court cases. How should we respond this time? Season 2013 (07/12/2013)
Perhaps several loudspeaker booths playing some soothing Hip Hop handclap beat would help when the acquttal arrives.
The only racial wound America has is the lingering racial pandering and agitation perpetrated by the likes of Obama, Sharpton, Holder, Jackson and the congressional black caucus. America has a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 14% of the population is black. 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans. Yet when Joe Biden talks about being put back in chains the media and the race baiters react as is=f the entire black population is oppressed and discriminated against routinely.
The original problem was not a race problem. It was a crime problem, and was seen that way by Zimmerman, who is not a racist.
He legitimately observed unusual conduct of someone not recognized as of the community and asked for the law to investigate. It was Martin who made it a race issue by his attitude. Sucker-punching Zimmerman was crime issue, not a racist issue. Self-defence to a criminal act was not a racist issue.
It was Martin that needed the trial.
“while the defense attorney relentlessly tried to tear apart a kids character, painting him a criminal, aggressor, and thug.”
Which is exactly what the self styled “All_in_Nigga” was, though the defense was not allowed to tell the jury the truth about it. All these race baiters keep saying we need to talk about race in this country, but no discussion of the huge culture of criminality in the black “community” is allowed.
Well, stupid white people have not yet discovered the truth that about 95% of blacks in this country are white hating bigots who do NOT want to be friends.
Like the kenyan once said, “when you are around white folk, don’t make any sudden moves.”
Want to know what your black “friends” think about you? Let them talk in a group of black peers when they think YOU can’t hear them.
What an education.
Actually, I stopped reading after I saw the name Lolla Mohammed Nur.
I already knew what the bigot had to say.
Not sure about the percentage but you are basically correct.
Truth like that can get ya labeled as a racist...lol
All meant and designed to to shut you up of course.
I’m sure obama would be having multiple orgasms watching his handiwork if his minions managed to incite a full on race war.
Behind that practiced smile is a cold cold heart.
Truth is, I no longer care if anyone calls me a racist.
Believe me, I understand.
A full on race war is the device he needs to declare ML. Wait and see, riots in the streets, a random izslum hit, and VOILA, Marshal Law.
He can do away with that damnable, pesky constitutional thingee with the stroke of pen.
His bureauKaRATZ at FEMA, HS, TSA and others are salivating at the thought. SWAT teams to every neighborhood.
Its the kenyan’s wet dream.
Martial Law. NG/Army, not police or US Marshals
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