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Trayvon Martinís murder is bigger than racism
The A&T Register ^ | March 28, 2012 | Trumaine McCaskill

Posted on 03/28/2012 5:36:38 AM PDT by SJackson

As many of us have been made well aware of, on Feb. 26, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was found shot to death in a community in Sanford, Fla. Since then, the story has gained a lot of national attention from people all over the country. Racism and a lack of justice seem to be the central theme that has angered thousands of people all over the nation.

I would like to present the argument that these issues are terrible, however I do believe that a bigger issue has been overlooked for far too long.

The death of Trayvon Martin is, was, and forever will be a terrible tragedy for all Americans. His death is a painful reminder of the injustices that black America has witnessed since we first stepped on American soil years ago.

However, while it may be horrible, his death should not hold more weight than any other teenage death that has occurred in recent years, especially the deaths of black teenagers.

Regardless of how we want to look at it, the murders of young black men have become so apparent that we seem to only get angry and protest when it deals with racism.

This is not meant to down play or ignore the death of Martin. However I challenge everyone to ask yourself how many times have you read or seen something about a black kid getting killed by another black kid and did nothing about it?

Martin died because of racial profiling.

This is something that the country cannot, no matter how hard many people may try, ignore.

On the other hand, according to the Department of Justice, this case is more rare than many of us want to admit. Need proof? In 2009, white offenders killed 209 black individuals. Meanwhile, that same year black offenders killed 2,604 black individuals. And if that wasn’t bad enough, statistics show that 94 percent of black murders had black offenders.

If those statistics do not show you that there is more of an internal problem with black violence than anything else, then quite frankly I don’t know what will.

While we force the country to see that racism is still an issue in today’s society, why not force the country to also see that black on black crime is perhaps the biggest problem facing Americans today.

Why should the death of Martin weigh on your heart heavier because of the race of the killer and the victim, while black people kill other black people everyday and we do nothing about it except view it as “the norm.”

Martin’s mother has lost a son that she will never get back. Yet so many other black mothers have all lost kids due to a senseless act of violence in their own neighborhoods.

Derrion Albert was beaten to death on camera by a fellow black American in 2009 and sadly most people don’t even remember his name.

Torie Carpenter was shot to death in her home in front of her two children by a fellow black American in 2006 and her name was barely whispered in the news.

A few weeks ago in Chicago 41 people were shot in three days (one of which was only 6-years-old) and the media not even make a peep about this, probably because most of the victims and offenders were black Americans.

These are all cases where people of color were killed not because of racial profiling, but because of ignorance. And if racial profiling is nothing more than ignorance in a different form, then explain to me how these deaths are any different than the death of Martin?

We speak about justice not being served for Trayvon, but then we hear about unsolved murders in black communities all over the country and remain silent.

So why is justice more important when it comes to white on black crimes, than it is when it comes to black on black crime? Especially considering the fact that statistics show white on black crime is far less common than black on black crime.

Martin’s death was something that shook up the country because it is something we have thankfully begun to see less frequently in our society. Black people fought for years to stop the brutal murder of our men, women, and children due to the color of their skin.

However when we see black people dying everyday, we seem to ignore the fact that the only reason this is accepted is because of the lack of justice that has been provided to innocent and defenseless young black men and women. These are people who lost their lives in a drive-by, a drug deal gone wrong, or simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I applaud President Barack Obama for addressing the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Yet it would still be nice to hear a politician (and it does not have to be the President) address the fact that black people are the leading killers of black people in this country and so few of us are doing anything to help prevent it.

Say what you want about racism but the fact of the matter is we are killing ourselves more than any other race right now and we have all sat back and let this injustice go on for quite a few decades now.

The media has stopped covering the bigger issue. There are less and less major rallies organized to help prevent black on black violence. There are no more “Wear black shirts for all the black teens that were lost last year,” movements.

Black people need to see Trayvon’s case as another black male who was killed and justice was not served. That’s a huge difference from the theme flowing around, which appears to be a white/hispanic male killed a black teen and justice was not served.

Race is still an issue here, but the fight that is more important is the protection of all black people, not just the ones who are killed by someone of a different race.

If we were seriously sad for the Martin family, then I would love to see everyone take 10 minutes out of their day to pause for the black people who have died due to ignorance. Or maybe a fundraiser to go towards funding some of these unsolved murders that are so frequent in the black communities.

Or how about the college students of Greensboro come together with the community and we host a march on violence.

These are all ideas to show that Trayvon’s death was terrible, but it doesn’t make us forget that the true tragedy here is that another black teen has died due to an act of ignorance.

George Zimmerman’s inexcusable act of violence is something that is being highlighted in this case. Yet sadly ignorant acts of violence happen every day in the black community. So much so, that we have stopped seeing it for the tragedy that it really is because it is now seen as “normal.”


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1 posted on 03/28/2012 5:36:41 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Racism and violence are 2 huge problems in America. And I hope the black community gets right on that and start fixing themselves.


2 posted on 03/28/2012 5:39:01 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: SJackson

Racist blamethrower. Too little too late. And too ignorant.


3 posted on 03/28/2012 5:41:59 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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To: ClearCase_guy

George Zimmerman is not “white”. His sin is that his forbears come from the Pacific side of Latin America, where mestizo means Euro and Native American only. Wer he Dominican or Puerto Rican, this would be a small story.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 5:44:52 AM PDT by steve8714 (The answer, surprisingly, is Carnahan.)
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To: SJackson

Martin died because of racial profiling.******

No, Martin died because he attacked a neighborhood watch volunteer who happened to be armed.

As details about Martin’s recent past leak out it has become apparent he had chosen the wrong path. What happened that evening was really just a continuation of the pattern he had begun to exhibit.

The road he was headed down leads to prison, or the morgue.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 5:49:14 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: SJackson

The charge of racism will not die until the black community forces the white community into total submission; in essence making the white community slaves to the charge of racism till they all look like Chris Matthews.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 5:49:15 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: SJackson
Martin died because of racial profiling.
No, Trayvon died because he assaulted somebody.

And to use your own words, Trumaine...this is something that the country cannot, no matter how hard many people may try, ignore.

7 posted on 03/28/2012 5:49:23 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: bereanway

The result of another fatherless household...


8 posted on 03/28/2012 5:50:37 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: SJackson
Say what you want about racism but the fact of the matter is we are killing ourselves more than any other race right now and we have all sat back and let this injustice go on for quite a few decades now.

Actually, it's gotten worse.

The Stop Snitching meme popular in recent years has had a lot to do with making it more difficult to solve crimes committed against black people.

9 posted on 03/28/2012 5:54:14 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: dps.inspect

I think you’re wrong about that.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 5:54:24 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: SJackson
You're captain of your Neighborhood Watch team. There have been break ins in your neighborhood. You see someone walking through a GATED community you don't recognize. You contact the police.

Now, what are you supposed to do? Just let this person break into someone's house, or roam around the neighborhood?

The only fault I can find so far with Zimmerman is that he obviously at some point got out of his vehicle, armed, to confront Martin. THAT was a job for the police, but I see no harm in his following an unknown person through his neighborhood until the police arrived.

I'm not saying he came out with guns blazing, but he had a weapon on him when he confronted Martin. Granted, if he hadn't had the weapon, Zimmerman would probably be dead, but the only thing that I see that he did wrong was confronting Martin.

11 posted on 03/28/2012 5:54:24 AM PDT by cincinnati65 (Romney is not MY candidate for President in 2012.)
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To: SJackson
There was no crime until Trayvon assaulted Zimmerman.

Then it turned into a fight over control of the gun, Zimmerman feared for his life should the little gangsta wrestle the gun from him.

Their is no doubt in my mind Zimmerman would be the one dead if Trayvon had gained control of the gun.

12 posted on 03/28/2012 5:55:00 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SJackson
The author is oblivious to his own contradictions in this column:

Martin died because of racial profiling.

This is something that the country cannot, no matter how hard many people may try, ignore.

On the other hand, according to the Department of Justice, this case is more rare than many of us want to admit. Need proof? In 2009, white offenders killed 209 black individuals. Meanwhile, that same year black offenders killed 2,604 black individuals. And if that wasn’t bad enough, statistics show that 94 percent of black murders had black offenders.

Starkly absent is how many whites are murdered by blacks. And how many whites are victimized by black crime. For many whites in poorer areas, racial profiling is not racism, it's rationalism.

Even Jesse Jackson has admitted to his own form of racial profiling - hearing footsteps behind him and being relieved when it was a white person and not a black person.

Yet the same race pimps shouting the loudest about the Trayvon matter are also the first to shriek the loudest at the likes of Bill Cosby and Juan Williams when those men try to point out the pathologies of urban black culture (which Trayvon appears to have embraced).

So the cultural examination needs to be inwards for the race pimps, not outwards. It epitomizes this type of movement that it can have a college-educated participant waving an 'I am Trayvon' sign on Friday and viciously assaulting his girlfriend on Sunday.

13 posted on 03/28/2012 5:56:32 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: SJackson
Trayvon Martin’s murder is bigger than racism

First: When the headline starts off with a falsehood I guess you know what to expect from the rest of the tripe underneath! However, upon reading it does not coinside with the title.

Second: Can not find article from link...So, now I'm questioning the actual article title?

Please clarify.

14 posted on 03/28/2012 5:56:32 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free)
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To: SJackson

Same source different article:

“Fight claims put Fla. teen’s side on defense”

http://www.ncatregister.com/theworld/national/fight-claims-put-fla-teen-s-side-on-defense/article_78e85b0c-7886-11e1-ba52-0019bb30f31a.html


15 posted on 03/28/2012 5:56:49 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: SJackson
-- Martin died because of racial profiling. --

You know, she might be right on that one. Martin might have profiled Zimmerman, and had animus toward whites in general.

16 posted on 03/28/2012 5:57:51 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: dps.inspect

The “white community” is ALREADY “slaves to the charge of racism”.

That’s why we have a Marxist president today.

I think it will only “die” when it stops “working”.
And we have to make it stop “working” as a lever to either gain advantage or alleviate consequences of behavior.


17 posted on 03/28/2012 5:58:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: marvlus

My point is that the fallacious charge of racism will never, ever die... but you must mean that even if we all become like Chris Matthews, the charge of racism will not stop...


18 posted on 03/28/2012 5:59:14 AM PDT by dps.inspect (the system is rigged...)
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To: SJackson

The overwhelming proportion of murders of blacks is committed by other blacks.

The overwhelming proportion of murders of whites is committed by other whites.

Any questions?

19 posted on 03/28/2012 6:00:28 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: SJackson
George Zimmerman’s inexcusable act of violence is something that is being highlighted in this case.

Self defense.

In the words of Animal Mother, "Thank God for cycle cell".


20 posted on 03/28/2012 6:01:40 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorists savages.)
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