The attacks of the right wing posters on a Fox media blog are enough to turn our stomachs but it also gives us a glimpse of what we are dealing with in terms of racism, fear, hatred and delusions foisted on society by a corporate media that is hell-bent on keeping their audience at any cost.
The commentators are blaming the victim, the way he dressed and perpetuating stereotypes while denying race-baiting. A black kid CAN'T be a normal kid. He must be discredited in death by digging into anything that will cast a bad light into his character and take away focus from the fact that he was unarmed and murdered like dog in the streets.
He was 17 years old and had a loving family who's hearts are broken. But it is not about race, is it? No, not at all, but if Trayvon had a been a white kid, would the story be different? Would they bring up a school suspension over an empty bag of weed? a stupid garment?
Could the media be right? Maybe it is not about race at all, but about, "It is all about the money, stupid!" and if a kid has to die, it is just collateral damage well worth the price of admission. Maybe for the media is not about black or white but about the green that keeps rolling in and keeping the audience entrenched in their beliefs.
How many times have we watched the news about some brutal crime or a police shooting and fervently said in our heads "Please don't be Black" or "Please don't be Hispanic" - This may seem a strange line of thought for some but it is a knee jerk reaction based on being bombarded with stereotypes for generations. How many Black and Hispanic parents tell their children to not run because they look suspicious? and how many white parents tell their children to "run fast and get to a safe place?"
We can't continue to have different sets of rules for our children. If threatened, they should be able to run and get to a safe place regardless of their race or ethnic background. Regardless of what they wear.
Racism has to die. Period. For those who say this is not a race issue, please take notice how quickly the Jewish community disavowed themselves from the name Zimmerman and how quickly white folks spouted the guy was Hispanic, not white.
Being white does not make anyone a racist. Being a racist makes you a racist. Perpetuating stereotypes makes you an accomplice and a racist. No one with a conscience would be able to do what Heraldo Rivera did.
We are sick of this. We are sick of our children dying because they are black or Hispanic. We are sick to our hearts that Trayvon Martin won't live in a world where he can live out his dreams and pursue his right to happiness. We are sick of living in a world dominated by a media that lies, distorts and encourages unacceptable mind sets.
We are sick and tired of television shows that depict minorities as less than human.
Racism is alive and well because it is profitable. The death of our children seems to be a minor issue that serves to cement stereotypes in the mind of those whose level of comfort can't be disturbed by the facts.
Edit: While CNN reported this, on further research, it seems that the notion that Zimmerman's father is a former judge came from an application Zimmerman filled in to validate his connection to the legal system. Take the statement below with a grain of salt. CNN may have jumped the gun by simply quoting from the newspaper without really vouching for the information.
Via CNN: "The portrayal of George Zimmerman in the media, as well as the series of events that led to the tragic shooting, are false and extremely misleading," his father, a retired magistrate judge, wrote in a letter published in the Orlando Sentinel. "Unfortunately, some individuals and organizations have used this tragedy to further their own causes and agendas."
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