Skip to comments.Jim Crow Justice: Trayvon & the generational burden of Black boys (Amazingly worse than you think)
Posted on 07/18/2013 11:47:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The history of America is still being written and the acquittal of George Zimmerman of second degree murder by a Florida jury of five White women and one Hispanic female in the mindless shooting death of 17-year-old African American teenager Trayvon Martin is now an important chapter in that history that gave birth to centuries of slavery and Jim Crow.
Like so many, I was shocked by the verdict and could not comprehend how in 2013, a jury purporting to be part of balancing the scales of justice would let go a martial arts trained man with a gun who got out of his car, soaked in his prejudice and tired of seeing Black youths in the neighborhood, followd an innocent teenager and killed him. The prejudiced jury, as evidenced by the interview juror B-37 gave to CNN Monday night, revealed the dark character of a system of justice that has long been failing young Black boys. How long will this continue before those who administer justice finally right the wrongs of the criminal justice system?
Even though juror B-37 admitted that Zimmerman went too far and should not have gotten out of his car with his gun and followed Trayvon, she still believed George, as she referred to Zimmerman repeatedly, was on the right side of the law. Then she said both Trayvon and Zimmerman were responsible for what happened, but she assigned no culpability to Zimmerman. More troubling for the juror was when she described Trayvons female friend, Rachel Jeantel, as not credible because of her communication skills, and that she was using phrases I never heard before, showing the deep-seated prejudice of a jury whose life experiences do not equate to Trayvon, his female friend or any other Black person.
Apparently, by referring to a Black witness as not credible and using phrases she claimed she does not understand, juror B-37 confirmed to us that the jury members have had limited or no dealings whatsoever with the Black experience.
They have no inkling of the life of a Black teenager and sought to compare the behavior of 17-year-old Trayvon to that of a grown man like Zimmerman.
Makes us wonder why the prosecutors would, in the first place, if they were really interested in winning this case and given the national attention it received, allow a jury that is not diverse in thought, belief systems and life experiences to examine one of the most important racial justice cases in history.
Did the prosecutors conclude that Trayvons life was not worth vigorously fighting to convict his killer by throwing the entire book, including racial animus, at Zimmerman? Did the prosecutors decide because of national attention they would just charge Zimmernan for the sake of charging but not put up a strategic and strong fight since their own Sanford Police Department showed no value in a dead Black boys life by letting his killer talk his way out of an arrest and go home to sleep on the night he killed Trayvon Martin?
Why didnt the prosecutors object when their own witness, Chris Serino, the lead detective from the Sandford Police Department, on the witness seat converted into a glowing character witness for Zimmerman? Given what they knew and the information they were privy to, including forensic evidence regarding how Trayvon was killed, why did the prosecution allow their witness, Serino, to collapse their case and not even object? Were the prosecutors, Sanford Police Department and the jury eating from the same plate of racism?
The fact is, if young Trayvon Martin was a White boy, Zimmerman would never have followed him in the first place. But even if he had followed him and shot him to death, he would never have gone home that night. He would have had a lot of explaining to do in the interrogation room and the prosecution would have moved heaven and earth and even planet Jupiter to convict this killer. Everyone from the prosecution, to the Sanford Police Department to the jury would have all identified with a young White boy killed because he could be any of their sons. Their pursuit for justice would been a personal mission to uphold the law and they would make sure Zimmerman did the time for the crime.
But in Trayvons case, he became a tragic victim of his skin color which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said five decades ago should not be used to judge people. King said on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial that people should be judged by the content of their character. Trayvons only crime was that he fit the description as has been the case with most young Black boys who come into contact with the criminal justice system. They are treated as adults instead of children while their White counterparts are given the full benefit of the doubt, as children. Their White counterparts generally receive a lesser sentence or probation when it comes to drug selling and other substance peddling, or less egregious crimes.
Even the media coverage it wasnt until recently that it has been changing in some media markets of young Black male suspects, was more pervasive than their White counterparts whose mug shots hardly make it on the evening news but the Black suspects are splashed all over the television screen. This is the unequal society we live in and it is time to tell the truth about it.
Trayvon Martins death should tell us something about the need for criminal justice reform and the dangers of a non-diverse jury exercising in the words of Dr. King interposition and nullification under the pretext of interpreting the law and rendering justice.
His death should tell us that something is wrong and rotten in our justice system, notwithstanding the good faith efforts of reform-minded administrators of justice in our communities.
His death should tell us that Floridas justice system has failed the nation and African-Americans and that it is time for real reform in a state where the Trayvon Martin verdict mirrors what Rev Jesse Jackson calls old South justice.
His death should tell us that this innocent and handsome young man, who could have been a member of any of our families, did not deserve to become a victim of a vicious, deadly crime.
His death should remind us that despite having the first African- American president, we are still in a crusade for human dignity. That no matter your background, life experience or the way you speak, you should not be a victim of prejudice, as was juror B-37. That juror showed her true colors when she dismissed Martins female friends testimony because of the way she spoke and her unfamiliarity with a young Black females experience.
His death should send a message to everyone in the justice system that they have a responsibility to protect every person, regardless of their ethnicity or where they are from.
His death tells us that some of our intolerant police departments across this country, like the Sandford Police Department, should be made to embrace and to institute diversity and improved race relations. That the life of a Black boy killed should carry the same weight as the life of a White child, and there was no excuse for letting his killer walk away that night.
His death is a reminder that it is time to call out the blatant hypocrisy of Southern extreme right wing politicians who feast at the table of racism and exclusion, still in denial of a rapidly growing multiracial America, as evidenced, by the latest Census report.
His death should force us to reject and wage a collective assault on the intricate and evil system of racism that permeates our society. Every life should count and should matter .
Trayvon Martin has become a martyr in the struggle against racism and reforming the criminal justice system. His death should make us look inwardly at gun violence in our own communities and force us to be equally outraged at what is happening in Detroit, Chicago and the rest of the nation where urban centers have rapidly become war zones as our children die daily.
His death should cause us to build and strengthen coalitions with communities to collectively condemn what happened in Sandford and to show solidarity in knowing that what affects one community has a direct bearing on the other.
Trayvons untimely and premature demise taken away from his parents is a stark reminder of the residue of what General Colin Powell calls the dark veins of intolerance, still haunting us. It is a bold reminder of the crucial role the federal government has to ensure crimes on the basis of prejudice and hate are prosecuted vigorously and to the fullest extent of the law.
Despite being troubled and angered, we can take comfort in the bold and courageous leadership of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder who has pledged to renew investigation into the Zimmerman verdict, and who has demonstrated in other areas to be a practical champion on issues relating to protecting peoples rights.
The nationwide reaction to the verdict showed Trayvon Martin did not die in vain. All of us are charged through our various responsibilities to ensure that in our communities we can prevent another horrific tragedy that retells the Trayvon Martin saga. And that can only happen if we commit once and for all to never letting what happen in Sanford take place in Detroit or anywhere else, because we believe if it happens our justice system will deal with it as it should be dealt.
If your parents named you Bankhole, you’d have a complex, too.
I only read some of this, but from what I read in one of the paragraphs, this boy writer can’t even string sentences together to form a coherent thought.
The author is currently on a jet, travelling to Chicago, where he will work tirelessly to ensure that the entire city stops killing blacks folks.
His older brother is named Bunghole
And here I thought it was as silly as not assaulting someone.
There is a group of vocal Black people that will never STFU about racism and being victims. They should check the expiration date on their race cards.
“And here I thought it was as silly as not assaulting someone.”
That’s something only a creepy ass cracker would say.
Showing all the young black kids that thier actions and choice of lifestyles is protected by the greater black community. The word “burden” is used an excuse for the color of thier skin. MLK sed it’s not the color of your skin but the content of your character. Look whos turning in his grave today.
Yeah...When I see and hear George Zimmerman I have a hard time picturing some super-warrior mix of Chuck Norris and Rambo. He comes off more like a soft spoken, out of shape Pugsley from the Addams family....
“If your parents named you Bankhole, youd have a complex, too.”
Yeah, considering it was their second choice of names.
Another article in defense of TM that doesn’t even elude to physical altercation. It’s as if they don’t even want to go near the subject because it might change their own mind.
Trayvon’s friend, Rachel Jeantel has explained that race was not a factor in the Trayvon Martin case. She says that she told Martin that Zimmerman was probably following him because he was a rapist (homosexual rapist) because they all know that “they” like ‘em young and that Zimmerman was just receiving a whoop ass for following Martin and trying to rape him.
See, no racial discrimination, just homophobia. But if Jeantel is to believed, Martin laid in wait for Zimmerman, not because Zimmerman provoked him, but because Martin was afraid to lead him to his apt, where Zimmerman might find his little brother.
Oh, and how many “White Hispanics” were on that jury?
the mindless shooting death of 17-year-old African American teenager Trayvon Martin
see kiddies its like this...
there are shooting deaths of “17-year-old African American teenagers” that are not mindless...
they have the required period of forthought and planning before they are carried out...
For instance before going through a Chicago heighborhood and spraying gunfire into houses as your homie drives the car speedily past,
Careful consideration is given to filling the gas tank
and loading the AK47 or other weapon
and plotting our course for the evening
and keeping a lookout for rival gangsta gangs
oh yes OUR shooting deaths cannot ever be called mindless..
and if the body of a child younger than 17 just happens to stop one of our bullets,
well at least it wasnt that whitey George Zimmerman who did it...
so its all good...
and not mindless...
I'm fabricating a fair and balanced rebuttal to this fairy tale.
I suspect they were trying for “Bunghole” but, thanks to the American education system, couldn’t spell it correctly.
Trayvons untimely and premature demise taken away from his parents
oh well thats a relief
cause he wasnt “taken away from his parents”
they threw him out...
it was that whitey Reagan’s fault...
I encourage everyone to RATE the article at the link.
It's possible that he profiled TM because he was black. NOT A CRIME.
It's possible that he showed poor judgment. NOT A CRIME.
It's possible that he should have gone unarmed on the off chance that he might kill someone if he had a gun. NOT A CRIME.
It's even possible (HA) that he physically attacked TM first and that Martin was defending himself. THAT WOULD BE A CRIME.
The only problem is that the state couldn't prove it beyond a reasonable doubt.
If blacks want to be “equal” in this society, then they need to act equally. That is to say, when young, black males are no longer a statistically disproportionate greater danger to other peorple than any other demographic, then they will no longer be perceived as such.
In the meantime, other people have a right to their own lives and property, and are entitled to defend them against anybody, including the racial avengers.
Done. Thanks for the idea.
>>> POOR <<<
Someone needs to tell Bankhole that Jim Crow was instituted by the Democrats.
I hope y’all noted that you can RATE ol’ Back-hoe’s silly hyperbolic story! No sign-in necessary! The rating buttons are near the top of the page so you don’t heve have to expose your eyeballs to much of his tripe.
I gave him a “Poor”.
YMMV but somehow I think he’s gonna get a LOT of Poor votes from freepers.
Typical liberal. Trying to discuss anything with them in like arguing with a brick wall. They will never see the other side of a position because they just don't want to.
Why should a jury have to translate plain English into the "black experience?"
Why is the burden not on Jeantel to make certain she was plainly understood?
Does he have a sister named Cornhole?
Non blacks just have to learn to take their “whoop ass” like a good cracka and without all that screaming.
“Does he have a sister named Cornhole?”
No a brother named Ass.
The sister was going to be named Bank but they were afraid she might become a prostitute.
Calling people RACIST is just an EXCUSE by losers who really can’t compete in society. I didn’t get the job because the boss was racist. These are people who live their lives in the I AM A VICTIM HOTEL. It’s never their fault, its because the other people are all racists. It’s really because they are losers.
Martin was a known violator of property rights of others, which is why he was suspended from school. And he was nothing but a punk planning to get high.
Did he just take issue with her saying "George" and then follow it up with his own "Trayvon"?
Scroll down to the comments. They're good. Rate them also.
After completing his training, Z’s instructor rated Z’s skill level as 1 out of 10. That amounts to a badass level of “when someone is sitting on you, breaking your nose, smashing your head into the pavement, and about to shoot you with your own gun, you grab the gun first and shoot him.” Bruce Lee, Z ain’t.
in the mindless shooting death of 17-year-old African American teenager Trayvon Martin
mindless shooting? Since when did defending your life against attack become a mindless action in America?
You say 17 year old African -American teenager. I say based on his postings and tweets etc a dangerous 17 year old wannabe thug lifer who brought about his on demise...........
The burden is that young black men never had a father around to knock the shat out of them through out their juvenile criminal lives....
Family values o matter when raising black boys who naturally gravitate to gangs, drugs and crime...
Those are the facts that lead to adult day care for unruly young lack men...
Thanks, but really, anyone who reads past the first paragraph is a masochist.
This writers narrative is a fantasy and has nothing to do with the EVIDENCE presented at trial.
You sir are the problem in America. When truth and facts do not fit your racial or political agenda you simply ignore them
In order to point out his contradictions I’d have to write a piece longer than the one he wrote. One example: the justice system should protect everyone. I guess he means everyone EXCEPT George Zimmerman.
And these idiots need to be taught the meaning of “a jury of your peers”. They believe that means the victim’s peers. If a black man is accused of a crime in Chicago, this guy wants the jury to be selected from the inmates at Illinois Department of Corrections.
I think a small proportion of blacks are for the protests. Of course the media is on their side.
4 for possible future plagiarizing.
Like you said - “Amazingly worse than you think!”
I couldn’t really read it - such a display of brown-nosing smarm can only be scanned.
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Jive Lady: Jive-ass dude don’t got no brains anyhow! Shiiiiit.
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