Skip to comments.The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still To Be Learned (Meh!)
Posted on 04/28/2012 11:00:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
For years, my father, a federal employee with a top secret clearance, carried a copy of his birth certificate when he went into Baja California from our home in San Diego. Many times, when he tried to reenter the U.S., he was stopped by the Border Patrol.
My father had thick black hair and naturally dark skin, and the Patrol thought he was a Mexican brazenly trying to sneak back into the country by claiming to be married to the black-haired, blue- eyed, light-skinned woman he claimed was his wife. Once back home, he faced discrimination because neighbors thought he was Mexican; the ones who knew better discriminated because he was a Jew.
When I was 11 years old, we moved about 120 miles north to a suburb of Los Angeles. My parents bought a house in a new tract of about 150 houses, all owned by Whites and a few Hispanics. Three or four years later, a Realtor came by, plastering flyers on all the houses, announcing he had a special real good, one-time only deal. A few wouldnt sell their houses at any price if it was a Black who was planning to move into the area. Someone in the tract finally took up the offer, and a Black familyhe was a mechanical engineermoved in. It didnt take long before other White families began putting their houses up for sale. Only this time, they werent getting as much as the first family that sold out. Soon, the prices began tumbling as other Blacks and Hispanics moved in.
Eventually, the first Black family moved out. But my parents refused to sell their house. They had no intention of becoming involved with what was now known as block busting. A few of our Hispanic and Black neighbors wondered why we stayed; some even said we were crazy. But, until my father died in 1983, he owned that house in a neighborhood that went from almost 100 percent White to almost 100 percent Black, Hispanic, and lower-class White, refusing to be sucked in by racism.
Discrimination occurs throughout our country, whether we want to believe it or not. Just in the past year, thousands of incidents show that America still has a long ways to go. At a synagogue in Sunbury, Pa., someone painted a swastika. In New York City, unidentified individuals threw several Molotov cocktails against a rabbis residence. These werent isolated incidents. The Anti-Defamation League says there were 1,239 reported incidents in 2010. (The 2011 number is still being tallied.)
Several American communities and the states of Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, and Utah have enacted oppressive anti-immigration laws. On the surface, it appears they want to rid their areas of illegal immigrants, acting only to protect law-and-order. But, the deeper structure is that they fear Hispanics, more of them legal immigrants or citizens of the U.S. than undocumented workers, will get political, educational, and financial power and would reduce the influence of the ultra-conservative White population.
At the University of California at San Diego, a fraternity of Whites sent out invitations to a ghetto-themed party, which it called the Compton Cookout. The invitation noted that ghetto chicks usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes. At that same school last year, a Klan hood was placed on a statue of Dr. Seuss.
In Kentucky, two men shouting anti-gay slurs kidnapped and beat a gay man. In Tulsa, Okla., an 18-year-old was beaten unconscious by men shouting slurs.
Several firebombs were thrown at an Islamic cultural center and a Hindu house of worship in New York City. Throughout the country, local government and citizens, in defiance of the First Amendment, are trying to prohibit the building of mosques and cultural centers.
At innumerable local schools, where the teachers had cultural diversity classes in college and on-the-job diversity training, its not unusual to hear a few teachers telling racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic jokes, not just among themselves in a faculty lounge but also with students.
White supremacists shout for White Pride! and Black militants call for Black Power! Each claims they arent planning to destroy any other racealthough myriad Klan and Skinhead actions prove otherwisebut merely to strengthen their own. Add into the mix, a few who will shout racism when no racism occurs and, thus, make it difficult for those with true compassion for justice to separate the truth from the fiction. Peel the rhetoric, and the core is still fear.
And that may be why the death of Trayvon Martin is so important. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader in Sanford, Fla., killed Martin, Feb. 26. Zimmerman acknowledges he killed Martin, but claims it was in self-defense. Under Floridas reactionary stand your ground law, borne from fear rather than logic, people who feel threatened can take whatever action they think necessary, even shooting Black teenagers who are armed only with a pack of Skittles.
There are numerous versions of what happened, all of them advanced by myriad people with social and political agendas rather than a search for justice, no matter what they claim. But, fear is at the core of the rhetoric. Mistrust and distrust, often fueled by the mass media with their own agendas, may lead some to irrationally believe that entire demographics of peopleWhite, Black, Hispanic, gay, Jew, Muslimmay pose threats to their own safety, leading them to react as if the threats were real rather than imagined.
The reasons no longer matter to Trayvon Martin. The lesson however, should matter to the rest of us.
Can we get a barf alert? Please.
Don't go there unless you're willing to do it while having your skull dribbled against the sidewalk! Sheriff!
Someone needs to email this ass the latest crime stats. This level of ignorance can only be shown by an Ozero voter.
It's obvious to this writer that Zimmerman is a racist. What other kind of person would look at a cute 12 y/o kid carrying Skittles and shoot to kill, just because the kid was pounding Zimmerman's head against the sidewalk?
The group most hostile to the Jewish community happens to be the blacks.
If you read this guy's wiki, it shrieks 'LIBERAL!'. I'm sure he lives in a nice neighborhood with just a smattering of well-educated people of other ethnicities so he can feel the proper level of liberal moral righteousness without exposing himself or his family to the hazards of urban liberal social policies.
Someone needs to nail his ass.
RE: “The group most hostile to the Jewish community happens to be blacks” = and vice versa!
Lol, and this pathetic hypocrite of a writer definitely added himself to the list of people who've used the Trayvon Martin case for their own agendas. Zero self-awareness in this guy.
And I noticed the writer also neglected to provide us with any changes in crime stats as his family’s old neighborhood went from almost all white to almost all black and Hispanic.
There is no synagogue within 30 miles of Sunbury, PA. This is sloppy reporting, squared:
- The local newspaper is printed in Sunbury.
- There is no synagogue; there have been three swastika incidents in the past six years or so.