T. J. Lane, remember him? the 17 year old in Ohio that SHOT up a highschool, KILLING three students and wounding 3 others? Trayvon Martin, y’all know him, his image is still fresh in all media outlets. So what’s the problem here? Well for starters, T. J. Lane is being humanized for literally walking into a school and opening fire on INNOCENT KIDS. He’s being treated like a child having his hand smacked by his mom saying, “Sweetie, that was bad, you shouldn’t do it again, here’s a piece of candy.” Everyone is literally bending over backwards to say that T.J. had family issues and other psychologic issues that contributed to his behaviour and that he didn’t fully understand the seriousness of his actions. Fuck that. The kid is 17 years of age unless he’s suffering from savere retardation, this kid knew that shooting someone is a serious thing, that once a person is dead he can’t come back to life. And from my interpretation, he’s not suffering from any impairing disease, he’s not schizophrenic nor does he havr multiple personality disorder. This is a fully functioning teenager who deliberately went into a school anticipating his killing/shooting of other teens, AT RANDOM. Yet most media is still treating him like a troubled child. THE FUCKING FACT IS THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF KIDS WHO GREW UP IN FUCKED UP HOMES BUT THEY’RE NOT KILLING PEOPLE! Had the situation arised where T.J. had been a POC they would’ve hit headlines with shit like “T.J. Lane, drug dealing thug—”, competency test denied, and he would’ve been trailed as an adult for 3 counts of murder, felonious use of a firearm, and 3 counts of aggravated assualt with a quickness. But instead with get bombarded with pictures of a handsome “all american boy” and we’re supposed to feel sorry for him. fuck out here. Trayvon Martin on the other hand was a 17 year old walking home from the store with candy and a drink when he was shot and killed in a gated community by george zimmerman because he looked suspicious. Okay we weren’t there, but we know enough to say that there is no way in hell zimmerman should’ve been allowed to use Florida’s stand your ground bullshit that resulted in an INNOCENT KIDS DEATH. zimmerman is a big guy compared to Trayvon was deadly force necessary to “defend” himself? fuck no. That asshole carried a concealed firearm because he was afraid. Imagine a America where everyone was allowed to carry a gun to defend themselves, lots of racially motivated killings and unnecessary deaths. However, media especially right-winged media is forgetting one thing, Trayvon Martin WAS THE VICTIM. He was unarmed, walking home in a community he lived in, when he was followed then assaulted by zimmerman, a grown man, in a car. HOL’ UP, a grown man IN A fucking CAR?! Wouldn’t you have kept it moving too? Abduction and hate crime is real out here. Yet we’re seeing images floating around of Trayvon looking ratchet. Is thar enough to say that Trayvon deserved to die? Because that’s all I’m seeing when zimmeran’s dad speaks out about his son and that is all i see when media presents Trayvon as some hooligan. It’s a pat on the back, enabling zimmerman, telling him, an adult, that it was fine to use deadly force against a teenager that weighed less than him, that didn’t tower over him, that was only walking home in the rain with a bag of skittles and an iced tea in his hands, that it was okay to shoot him because he was young and black and looked suspicious. It’s funny that the sensitive information leaked about lane was that he grew up in a fucked up household, while information leaked about Martin have been about him being suspended from school and possible marijuana usage. now, ain’t that some shit?
The media is full of it, that’s why I barely watch the news. I forgot all about that school shooting. If I watched the news more often I would have known about Trayvon Martin sooner. You’re absolutely right, if T.J. Lane were black they would have thrown the book at him. It’s sickening to me that the media is treating Trayvon Martin…a murder victim like the perpetrator when the most important fact is…Zimmerman followed [despite being told not to by the 911 dispatcher] Trayvon and started a confrontation, even IF Trayvon somehow got the best of Zimmerman before he got trigger happy the only person in that situation exercising Self-Defense was Trayvon. Legally someone can’t claim self-defense if they stalk and chase someone and start a physical confrontation, especially if they have a deadly weapon and the person they’re pursuing is unarmed. Apparently Trayvon getting kicked out of school and allegedly smoking weed means he was a superthug, if he were a white kid he would just be considered “troubled” but still a good kid but because he was a black kid who was a fan of No Limit [Master P and C-Murder’s label] and posted some racially stereotypical crap on his twitter, they automatically label him as a “gangsta”. The so-called journalists going out of their way to make the victim out to be the guilty need to walk off a cliff like the sheep they are. The Sanford Police have gone out of their way to coerce witness testimony that supports Zimmerman’s B.S. story and they’ve ignored key witnesses that support the truth. People keep saying that you have to look at both sides of the story but there’s always three sides to a story - the two people’s stories and the absolute truth. Zimmerman already eliminated one of the stories when he callously shot and murdered Trayvon, the only story left is the Truth and the evidence - which all point to Zimmerman being a liar.
So what if Trayvon didn’t actually live in that neighborhood, so what if he was on his way back to the residence of his father and his father’s girlfriend. His father lived there so that’s where he was. Visiting or not, that doesn’t mean he didn’t belong there. Zimmerman targeted him because he was black, a white kid in a hoodie would not have aroused his suspicions because he already had his mind made up that the alleged burglaries in the neighborhood were being committed by “coons” [a word which many have said Zimmerman used in one of the 911 tapes]. I myself haven’t been able to bring myself to listen to the tapes, I don’t want to hear Zimmerman’s racist voice or 17 year old Trayvon pleading for his life.
Zimmerman should have been arrested and charged with murder or at the very least - manslaughter. No, instead the police ignored the facts and dismissed key witnesses and let a mentally unhinged wannabe cop vigilante with a criminal record walk free without so much as a drug test. Then they tested Trayvon the dead teenager with no criminal record for drugs and let his body sit in the morgue as a John Doe for over a week even though they had everything they needed to make an identification including his cell phone - with which they could have called his parents. If Trayvon were white, his murderer would have been arrested and his parents would have been called down to the morgue to identify their son that very night.
To the people saying this is not a race issue just because George Zimmerman is Hispanic as well as White, please shut up and sit in a corner somewhere facing the wall. Zimmerman’s neighbors complained about him always making racist comments about black people, he didn’t want them in his neighborhood. Then one night he saw one and decided to take action. Everyone with common sense and everyone that isn’t in denial when it comes to REALITY knows that if Zimmerman were black he would have been arrested and charged with murder on the spot. Zimmerman being part Hispanic does not make him exempt from White Privilege [if you don’t know what this is or choose to be ignorant of it’s existence in our society, please look it up].
Please people, stop acting as if racism doesn’t still exist.
P.S.- This blog wasn’t meant to be racial or political. It was just going to be about movies, TV Shows, and music but I can’t stay silent on these issues. This case is so messed up.
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“I remember your grandfather leaving the house in blackface to perform at the local Jewish community center,” my mom told me. “They just didn’t know what it meant back then,” she explained, “not until after WW II.” As an activist involved in contemporary solidarity work across racial lines, I was shocked to discover this racist history in my near past. As an Ashkenazi Jew* (of European descent) whose grandparents immigrated to the US around the turn of the century, I don’t always see myself implicated in the American legacy of slavery, but I was forced to reconcile the fond memories of my jovial grandfather with this haunting image of him performing racial minstrelsy. Trying to make sense of this image, I began researching the history of Jewish blackface between WWI and WWII and was surprised to discover a connection between my current activism and this history of blackface: When we are not rooted in our Jewish identities, we risk stereotyping, appropriating, and over-identifying with other cultures.
To understand the complicated history of alliance, disconnection, and overlap between Ashkenazi Jews and African Americans in between the world wars, I turned to Eric Goldstein’s The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity*, which considers how Jews negotiated competing claims on their identities and Michael Rogin’s Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot, which looks more specifically at the role of blackface in Americanizing Jews. As European Jewish immigrants arrived in the US, their presence intersected with the dominant black/white system of racial relations in various ways. At different times, Jews and African Americans were linked tightly together in American consciousness as evidenced by the case of Leo Frank (1913-1915), which sets the stage for Jewish-Black relations in between the wars. A Jewish factory manager in Georgia, Frank was accused of raping and murdering a white girl who worked in his factory. Frank was found guilty (in spite of flimsy evidence) and sentenced to death, but the Governor commuted his sentence to life in prison. A journalist warned in a headline: “The next Jew who does what Frank did is going to get exactly the same thing we give to Negro rapists” (Goldstein 43). Frank was then kidnapped from prison and lynched by a white mob.
via Racialicious By Guest Contributor Wendy Elisheva Somerson
Not surprisingly, Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants had a contradictory relationship to African Americans. On the one hand, identification with whiteness allowed Jews to experience “what it was like not to be the focus of national hostility and resentment” as they were in Europe (Goldstein 145). On the other hand, Jews identified with the suffering of African Americans and continued to display empathy for them. The most assertive statements of identification with African Americans in the US occurred in the Yiddish press where non-Jewish readers could not chance upon them. The Yiddish press roundly condemned segregation and racism by comparing race riots against African Americans to the pogroms against Jews in Europe. At the same time, the Yiddish press read Jewish blackface solely as a means of identification by saying about that Jews “knew how to sing the songs of the most cruelly wronged people in the world’s history” (Goldstein 154).