Stop Talking About Trayvon Martin
I wish to associate myself with the remarks of Facebook friend “TaterPie.” It is my official statement about the murder of Trayvon Martin:
“I get why black people are asking ‘Am I next?’ in relation to the Trayvon Martin situation. However, why are we pretending that there hasn’t been an ongoing assault since the womb on us? Our nonstop mistreatment affects us mentally which affects us physically and helps lead to early deaths of ourselves and of our relationships with each other. Racism isn’t an event. It’s a system. We need to be honest about that.”
This is not/ a picture of the crime scene of Travon’s murder. It’s a picture of white enforcement officials corralling a white guy, Andrew Joseph Dennehy in Oklahoma, who actually fired a gun at them. A lot of guns. But, they didn’t kill him.
White male had gun. Trayvon had none.
White male shot at enforcement official with a badge and two others. Trayvon shot at or assaulted no one.
Said white male was surrounded, taken into custody and hospitalized. Trayvon was shot dead.
Shooter of Trayvon was taken into custody alright—protective custody in his own house, car, and streets.
(Remember unarmed and black Kenneth Harding in San Francisco? Guns were turned on crowd members attempting to assist him as he bled to death from enforcement official gunfire.)
This is every day. Every year. Every century since this system has been in place. Why— why— are we still talking to white folks about it?
If you are still laying in bed with one after he/she expressed his/her oh-so-sincere sorrow for such “senseless” acts, I plead with you to get your clothes on and get to work.
Jason, Jared, and Tom—I’m talking to you.