Thursday, April 12, 2012
Zimmerman vs Martin - Playing the RACE card
They finally arrested George Zimmerman today. Wish I could be more upbeat about it. But somehow, I just can't. In fact I feel incredibly sad. One reason is because the murder occurred 45 days ago. It has taken FORTY FIVE days, a series of rallies and marches, the involvement of the NAACP and a national media blitz to get this guy arrested. And mind you, he already confessed to the shooting, we saw pictures of him at the police station after the shooting and there were no obvious signs of a broken nose, no blood or grass stains on his clothes AND there were people who tried to come forward to give their account of what they saw. They were ignored. Instead Zimmerman's father and brother went on a media campaign twisting the facts (even referred to President Obama and said he spoke with so much hate) and tried to turn a 17 year old unarmed teenager into a shiftless, weed smoking troublemaker that deserved what he got. Can you believe it?
But it's not just Republicans. This is not a color blind society and America has a HUGE race problem. No one wants to face it. Polls show the country split along racial lines on the Trayvon case. With all the evidence, why is that? All that was asked for was to have Zimmerman arrested and brought before the judicial system to determine his guilt or innocence. That's it! White people are very quick to label any attempt by a black person to point out the injustices of an unequal system as "playing the race card". The race card is not something black people play. It's a card we are born with. And It's certainly a card that shouldn't matter in fairness and equal rights.
All black people should be outraged. It's time to stand up and say enough is enough! Marching is not enough. If we don’t do something legislatively in response to Trayvon's murder things will never change.
I wish that this case would begin to bring to light how devalued the life of a black person in America is. But, I have to be honest. I don't care if the charge is Second Degree Murder. I don't think anything will change (even if by some remote chance they decide to make Zimmerman the sacrificial lamb). Trayvon will end up being yet another black youth who has been killed and whose white killer will spend little or no time behind bars. George Zimmerman's father is an ex judge. Trayvon Martin was just another black teen. And this is America.