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In death, Trayvon Martin offers a gift (Blech)
The National Catholic Reporter ^ | September 26, 2013 | Sister Mary Ann McGivern

Posted on 09/26/2013 3:47:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Slowly, I'm beginning to understand the freight of meaning in President Barack Obama's comment that Trayvon Martin could have been him.

George Yancy's "Walking While Black in the 'White Gaze' " in The New York Times sent shivers down my spine. Fifty years ago, he was a kid in north Philadelphia carrying a telescope, and a white police officer said to him, "Man, I almost blew you away. I thought you had a weapon."

Yancy says he's waiting for the day a white president says, "There is no way that I could have experienced what Trayvon Martin did (and other black people do) because I'm white, and through white privilege, I am immune to systemic racial profiling."

"Walking While Black in the 'White Gaze' " is an elegant essay that considers Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, Malcolm X and Frantz Fanon on being black and David Hume, Immanuel Kant and Thomas Jefferson on being white looking at blacks.

This is an essay worth reading if, like me, you are white and struggling every day to identify white privilege. We can't resist it if we don't see it.

A companion piece to Yancy's scholar's cry of anguish is a post on Questlove's Facebook page recounting a moment of anguish in an airport. Questlove, a musician who plays with The Roots and just released a new album with Elvis Costello, wrote a stream-of-consciousness reflection on being a big black man and frightening people. Questlove isn't writing for us whites. He's writing for his Facebook friends and fans. But his essay has attracted attention from Rolling Stone and New York Magazine.

Questlove recounts one time when his presence frightened a woman: "all the time i'm in scenarios in which primitive exotic looking me (6'2, 300 lbs, uncivilized afro for starters) finds himself in places that people that look like me aren't normally found. i mean what can i do? i have to be somewhere on earth correct?"

And he tells us his constant struggle, even today when he's rich and famous, not to feel like he's worthless. As he says in his Facebook note, "the overall message this whole trayvon case has taught me: you aint shit."

In his death, Martin offers us a gift, an opportunity to ponder and be changed by the anguish of the other. If we can open ourselves, if we can remember, if we can tell one another. Or else we can forget, and in forgetting, inflict more anguish.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; catholics; obama; racism; reverseracism; trayvon; whiteprivilige; zimmerman


1 posted on 09/26/2013 3:47:43 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure the worms consider him a gift right now.


2 posted on 09/26/2013 3:49:44 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She should stick to her bs of pushing abortion and gay marriage while pretending to be a nun.


3 posted on 09/26/2013 3:50:31 PM PDT by Grampa Dave ( When insane/feral Islamics are killing each other, stand back and let Allah sort them out!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He offered to share some stolen jewelry in his will?


4 posted on 09/26/2013 3:51:18 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m pretty sure that Trayvon never gave anything to anyone, not even his mother. He was a worthless leech on society and died as one. Of course this qualifies him to be a hero among the leftist vermin who also have no use to anyone and are two legged viruses.


5 posted on 09/26/2013 3:53:25 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More Purple Drank for the rest of us?


6 posted on 09/26/2013 3:53:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In death, Trayvon Martin offers a gift

For reals, homes.. Skittles need get behind this and offer up some prizes for real. Ain't even playin'.

7 posted on 09/26/2013 3:54:10 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yancy says he’s waiting for the day a white president says, “There is no way that I could have experienced what Trayvon Martin did

If I was President I could say that this very day!
Since I am not a drug user/dealer/thief/ gang banger wannabe I would not experience what Trayvon did. Of course Trayvon himself did not need to experience it if he had made better choices for his life. There. Feel better Mr Yancy?


8 posted on 09/26/2013 3:54:21 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: fwdude

There is no way I could be Obama.

He got educated as a foreign student, went to 3 colleges so he says, became a community organizer, a Senator, a US Senator and President all because he was black and could read a teleprompter.


9 posted on 09/26/2013 3:56:20 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: RightGeek
He offered to share some stolen jewelry in his will?

They confiscated that, but I guess the beat-down GZ wouldn't take is still up for grabs.

10 posted on 09/26/2013 3:56:35 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I would tell Sister Mary Amnesia this:

Now that I am no longer an active soldier, I am not required to defend you. You’re on your own.


11 posted on 09/26/2013 3:56:56 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m still trying to figure out exactly what “white privilege” is. I keep hearing leftists mention it, but they can never seem to define it in a coherent way.


12 posted on 09/26/2013 3:59:32 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“...I am immune to systemic racial profiling...”

Yancy obviously isn’t worried about being the victim of a polar bear hunt.


13 posted on 09/26/2013 4:08:54 PM PDT by pallis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Walking while White can get you beat-up, if not murdered outright, in many American cities these days.


14 posted on 09/26/2013 4:15:45 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yancy says he's waiting for the day a white president says, "There is no way that I could have experienced what Trayvon Martin did (and other black people do) because I'm white, and through white privilege, I am immune to systemic racial profiling."

"There is no way that I could have experienced what Trayvon Martin did (and other black people do) because I'm not gonna jump somebody and try to beat him to death.."

15 posted on 09/26/2013 4:16:34 PM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trayvon’s death gave his town slightly safer streets.


16 posted on 09/26/2013 4:22:44 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Ted Cruz for President!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His best gift to us was attacking an armed man.


17 posted on 09/26/2013 4:24:39 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"In death, Trayvon Martin offers a gift"

Did he leave his gold teefsez to somebody?

18 posted on 09/26/2013 4:25:39 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Zimmerman episode was politicized by the regime to serve it purposes and continues to do so which is resulting in random racial warfare. It is also perpetuated by fools who accept the regimes propaganda narration without question. Which is why I’ve been waging seems like a one man campaign to get the facts out using FR postings.

Until someone major in the political opposition wises up and exposes the sinister media to regime connection
and realizes that what the regime did here has a profound connection to the political system that is slowing being employed. Racial murders and stife are going to contine along with the perpuation of a urban myth.


19 posted on 09/26/2013 4:30:11 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"the overall message this whole trayvon case has taught me: you aint shit."

Perhaps you are.

20 posted on 09/26/2013 4:31:39 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Matthew 5:37)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure Sister Mary is a very nice person, but she’s a huge part of the problem. Unfortunately, there’s millions of white libs in positions of power who help perpetuate the problems in the black community and inhibit any progress. They’re simply too ignorant to be taken seriously. The whole “white privilege” scam is one of those things where you just shake your head. I guess black Americans being at the bottom of scholastic achievements and at the top of crime figures is caused by white privilege. I continue to be astonished at the stupidity of some people.


21 posted on 09/26/2013 4:32:27 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

yeah, he’s fertilizer now.


22 posted on 09/26/2013 4:33:15 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

“White privilege” is the unfortunate fact (for white libs) that you’ve done better with your life than many non-whites. According to white libs you have to be ashamed for your own success (which, your success, is probably well-earned.) I know it sounds incredibly stupid....but that’s because it is incredibly stupid.


23 posted on 09/26/2013 4:36:18 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

there is so much bias everywhere for everyone but whites it’s not even close, or funny. so so sick of this liberal bullsh1t.


24 posted on 09/26/2013 4:37:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gift to maggots? How nice.


25 posted on 09/26/2013 4:43:46 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Future Snake Eater

>>>I’m still trying to figure out exactly what “white privilege” is. <<<<

It’s the modern equivalent of the “world Zionist conspiracy.” A good metaphor for white privilege is “filthy Jew.” Modern anti-white racism is based on the old familiar ground trod by the anti-Semites from the previous century - that whites are rich, powerful elites with strange habits conspiring to take over the world from the good, hard-working and oppressed minorities. The left has figured out that it’s easier to ID someone with white skin than it is to make them wear gold stars. And as an extra bonus, hey, they get to kill the Jews, too.

The reason for some white and Jews to support the left? They think their elite status will save them. Lenin called them “useful idiots.” Of course, we’re sophisticated these days, so some of the useful idiots think they’ll be saved because they’re protected minorities like gay, lesbian, or feminist. Sad fools.

In any case... God help us.


26 posted on 09/26/2013 4:58:34 PM PDT by redpoll
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To: Grampa Dave

Sister. I believe you are overlooking one important fact in the case. Trayvon attacked Zimmerman. The left is trying to spin this thug into a hero. But the fact remains, he attacked Zimmerman and had him on the ground pounding him.


27 posted on 09/26/2013 5:02:46 PM PDT by spawn44 (MOO)
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To: fwdude

Thanks. It’s been HOURS since we’ve e heard from the Zimmerman Trayvon circuit.

I was getting withdrawal symptoms


28 posted on 09/26/2013 5:29:37 PM PDT by stanne
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To: fwdude

Thanks. It’s been HOURS since we’ve e heard from the Zimmerman Trayvon circuit.

I was getting withdrawal symptoms


29 posted on 09/26/2013 5:30:20 PM PDT by stanne
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To: spawn44
Sorry, sister, I bet you are suffering from "nun privilege".

Catholic nuns are rarely involved in beating people up, killing and robbing them, so in general, you probably get a "pass" from roughly 99.9999% of people.

Except in the Middle East.

Then you're dead.

Now, how's that shiver up your spine?

30 posted on 09/26/2013 6:06:52 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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