Skip to comments.Trayvon Martin and Making Whiteness Visible (The acknowledgement of "white privilege")
Posted on 07/18/2013 11:10:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
If there is one hopeful note amid all the anguish and recrimination from the acquittal of George Zimmerman, its that growing numbers of white people have come to appreciate whiteness for what it is: an unearned set of privileges. And as a result of that dawning awareness, its become possible to imagine a day when that structure of privilege is dismantled by white people.
Recall that immediately after the killing of Trayvon Martin, people of every race took to the Internet to declare I am Trayvon Martin. They wore hoodies. They proclaimed solidarity. That was a well-meaning and earnest attempt to express empathy, but it also obscured the core issue, which is that Martin died not because he was wearing a hoodie but because he was wearing a hoodie while black. Blackness was the fatal variable.
And so now, postverdict, a more realistic meme has taken root. On Tumblr and Facebook and elsewhere there is a new viral phenomenon: We are not Trayvon Martin (emphasis mine). Huge numbers of white Americans are posting testimonials and images to declare that it is precisely because they are not black that they have never had to confront the awful choices Martin faced when Zimmerman began to pursue him.
This isnt about empathy or the posture of equivalency that empathy can tempt us to assume. Its about owning up to the unequal privilege of being nonblack and saying, in essence, I am George Zimmerman. And because I am George Zimmerman, I get to have my fears trump reality. I get get-out-of-jail-free cards. I get a presumption of innocent victimhood, no matter what my own acts or attitudes....
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Remind me again how long Affirmative Action has been in place in this country?
There is a lot more "black privilege" these.
Being black means you never have to take responsibility for anything. All your problems are caused by "white privilege."
The liberals want you to be ashamed of being white. Piss on the lot of them.
This is a message to all whites who are “ashamed” of being white. Please punch yourself in the head to prove it. Otherwise, its all talk.
That said, a White person seems to lose his White privilege when he becomes a thug...same for a Black person.
Zimmerman is HISPANIC
not White-Hispanic, any more than Obama is White-black
I have too. This is pure B/S.
When my son graduated high school in 2007, he and his friends were talking about how to get into good colleges and get financial aid. One of them actually say “put down on the application that you are black.” They laughed, because all humor has its basis in truth.
Tell me about “unearned privileges” again.
George Zimmermans Black Ancestry is Revealed
George Zimmerman: the black, Hispanic, Peruvian, kind-hearted non-white, not-racist poster boy
George Zimmerman Has Black Roots
I’m still looking for this racism they keep talking about it. Just where is it exactly?
Zimmerman is hispanic so I assume it was racist for him not to accept his “ass whupping”?
Because there were a rash of burglaries in the area is was racist of him to call the cops because someone was acting suspiciously?
Oh I get it, because Zimmerman said “I think he’s black” when referring to Martin even though “think” means he wasn’t sure, that means it’s racist.
I won't care how old you are, what color you are or what sex you are. :-)
So have I. “White privilege” is nothing more than the result of living a moral life with wisdom.
The immorality rampant in the black community today was never imposed on it by whites.
So long as blacks blame “whitey”, they will stay where they are.
“Whitey” and placing the blame outside themselves is racist to the core.
I knew all that- but the media keep talking about this WHITE MAN zimmerman
Tell me again about my white privilege.
Failure to self-hate is a hate crime.
the problem with time is not that it is not read anymore in the USA.
The problem is that OUTSIDE the USA, the unwashed idiocracy of the rest of the world like its anti-american stance.
Hey Eric Liu - Trayvon Martin died because he was visciously assaulting somebody, not because he was wearing a hoodie or because he was black
Let the White Trayvon symps in the celebrity world set an example. Michael Moore lives in Torch Lake, MI which is 95%+ White and owns some of the most valuable real estate along the Great Lakes. Let him and all his White fellow travellers give up their mansions, and, like “SHARE THE LAND, MAN” and move into the ‘hoods in more modest surroundings like the people they pretend to give a sh*t about.
Only the idiots of every race did so. The rest of us waited on the jury. (Knowing in advance that Mr. Z defended himself.)
What/Who do liberals hate the most, even if they don’t admit it?
God. Christ especially.
Hating on whitey is just a proxy for hating on the culture based on God’s laws and thereby hating God Himself.
It’s a rebellion thing. They don’t hate your skin color.
They hate our values, because God gave us those values.
Better yet, stand a few inches away from a concrete wall and repeatedly pound your head against the wall until it bleeds or you drop. Also bring a MMA friend who can continue the pounding until you scream the safe word, "Travon!"
The author's bio at the end of this appalling article.
Liu is the author of several books, including The Gardens of Democracy and The Accidental Asian. He was a speechwriter and policy adviser to President Clinton. The views expressed are solely his own.
meanwhile the NSA cops to being fat MORE inquisitive than “known previously”
what a convenient time frame for that inane trial eh?
NO MO TRAYVON NOW!
I doubt running around in black face is going to appease them either.
And don't let 'em get close enough to attack in the first place.
"Don't come any closer." If they take another step, draw. "I said, don't come any closer." Call 911.
Angry liberal Blacks are raising it from the dead...and, if they aren't careful, it's coming back with a vengeance.
I’m with you. This is nothing more than mass hysteria.
I guess it’s all in your perspective: I’m white and I see no “white privilege”. All I see are minorities being able to get away with things for which whites would be called racist, and properly so, IMO.
“because he was wearing a hoodie but because he was wearing a hoodie while black. Blackness was the fatal variable.”
Yep, the monstrous killer was so sneaky as he stalked his future prey that he called the police before making the kill! The poor victim was so concerned for his safety that he called one of his friends to discuss his escape plan!
Yep, makes sense to me......
As a good friend, whose advice I value highly, said to me; "if you draw your gun it had better be smoking."
iIf you were from Mars, looking at the disproportionate number of blacks in positions of power in entertainment, or the number of sports black millionaires, you'd think it was whites who made up 12% of the population.
Like I was telling one freeper, when I use to drive a taxi in New York city a while back, there was this unwritten rule that blacks must be charged less. Not by any law mind you, but because none of them would ever pay the full fare (FORGET about tips..never)
And if you complained about it, all kinds of trouble would start - all kinds of name calling, like of course the “R” word and you would end up wasting all this time arguing (time is money in taxi driving). So you just had to put up with it.
If the fare was $5 bucks they would give you $4. If it was $8.50 they would give you $7. It was always a buck less than the actual fare. And of course they all complained why taxis never stopped for them, again using the “R’ word (racist)...Even Danny Glover the actor got involved once, I think he even sued the city stating all taxi drivers were racist.
But the thing is not even BLACK drivers picked up black people! Not because of racism, but because of the very reason you stated: Black privilege. Because they were black they felt this meant they should get a discount.
I remember one episode I drove a guy from Penn Station all the way up to Harlem, and the whooole time he just would not shut the hell up, complaining about everything. The route, the traffic lights, even my shock absorbers, and when we got there the fare was $16 bucks. And you know what he did? Gave me $7 and told me to go F myself. Thank you very much.
Go inside his place or sneak back and try to beat the crazy ass cracker. He chose poorly.
All this is the same "blah,blah" the whiny guilt tripped white liberals always do.
They had a video of a white hippie chick doing this over at moonbattery.com. She start off with the usual "We've got to do more than just let the evil white privilege go on!" Loud applause.
"We've got to send money to the cause!" Small smattering of applause.
Yeah, they (white liberals) all go along with this crap until you want their money, their position in college or the job they've got. Then suddenly they see the light of not being racist.
Racism never “died”... in the black culture.
We’re just seeing its reemergence in the “age of Obama”.
They’re empowered to express it now.
“Reverend” Jesse “Hymietown” Jackass and “Reverend” Al “Jew them down” Sharpton profiteer off racism.
As does rap mogul Russell Simmons.
With illegal hispanics and homosexualists being given advancement ahead of the black community, no wonder they are p!ssed about their boy Obama.
Being forced by (ahem) *laws* to accept someone of questionable character because of the color of their skin isn't a 'privilege', it's a burden.
Sadly, that’s probably the case.
You’d probably be in some trouble for “brandishing” even if you felt your life was being threatened.
Really, if the lefties want to reduce the number of self-defense shootings, they should change the law so that someone cannot be charged with a crime for deterring an attack by letting them know you WILL shoot them if they press their attack.
The same idiots that decry “white privelege” are also the same idiots that will attack their fellow blacks for “acting white” when they study in school, or find some other success. The call something a privelege and then demonize the success that comes with the privelege. Reminds me of the story of a bucket of crabs....
I’ll second that-the author is just pushing that time honored concept of liberal white guilt. If these people are still unhappy after everything they have been given over and above other Americans, then let them walk off that liberal plantation and into the real world-there isn’t any “privilege” for color or ethnicity other than what you make for yourself ...
” an unearned set of privileges.”
I’m sick of this. Why doesn’t the left just say that they want to eliminate Whitey, after taking all his money, of course.