Yes, it's political. Yes, it's legal bullshit. But stop ignoring that it's ALSO racial.
This wouldn’t be the first time someone took an issue that ACTUALLY IS about race and tried to transform it, and made it about something else. Ask PETA. Ask SlutWalk. Ask OWS. Ask American Atheists. Ask anyone who quotes MLK, Jr. or Malcolm X. Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement are appropriated all the time to make somebody else’s point. We’re used to it; happens all the damn time. It’s just another Tuesday.
And therein lies the problem.
The fact is that we live in a society — not just a local political climate, a *global society* — in which a man who is white and/or white-passing (which Zimmerman is, no question) can pursue, run down, and murder a Black CHILD in cold blood, whilst calling him a “f***ing coon” and an “a**hole” ON TAPE, then ADMIT he did it, claim self-defense, and not so much as be arrested for it, and where such a person can then move away and disconnect his telephone numbers and disappear, and people will feel sorry for his having to “abandon his home” and his life.
The fact is that Trayvon is another Emmet Till, he is another Troy Davis, and that there will be more Trayvon Martins until people take off their damn blinders and start talking about the real problem — that this entire nation is built on anti-Black sentiment, that some nations have always been that way, that many other nations have followed suit, and that we are SICK OF IT.
The fact is that it is NOT overreacting to respond to your people — your family, friends, neighbors, classmates, co-workers — being murdered in the street and those left behind to mourn being treated like criminals everywhere they go for no other reason than the color of their skin, and have been since Columbus first wiped out the Arawak tribe for not being willing to accept his rule on their own land. This has been going on for centuries, for f**k’s sake. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to die for walking down the street, and I’m tired of watching it happen to my people, to Black and Brown people everywhere with no reprisal.
My daughter is Trayvon’s age. I don’t want her to die. I don’t want my 20-year-old son to die.
This might be a political platform to you. Good for you, and fan-frickin-tastic for the faptivists over at Invisible Children and the like. But people are dying. Put down your cold, calculating attitude for a minute. Stop detaching yourself from the murder of this child. This is a tragedy, not a case study. Realize this. Embrace it. You know, long enough to see that people are ACTUALLY DYING.
This is our lives you’re talking about. Show some humanity.
posted this over at Mother Jones, under a pseudonym (because I hate signing up for new websites just so I can talk about something), and in response to this guy. then I realized that I’d rather post it here. I fixed a couple of typos, and other semantic bits.