Please don’t get me wrong. My heart goes out to the family of Trayvon Martin who have every right to be angry and feel that the system has failed them as they grieve the loss of their son. I won’t argue that the situation should have never happened and that George Zimmerman was wrong in his actions. But the level to which supporters have taken the situation has become absurd. To the point where their own selfish, ignorant, hypocrisy is showing. It’s revealing their own racism. We are at a crossroads in this situation where we can learn from this lesson and grow as a people, or use it to continue to draw lines and foster hatred. As I read through the headlines and blogs this week these images jumped out at me as evidence of this.
The headline from Yahoo! News printed with this photo read “Protesters ran through Los Angeles streets Monday night, breaking windows, attacking people on sidewalks and raiding a Wal-Mart store, while others blocked a major freeway in the San Francisco Bay area in the third night of demonstrations in California over George Zimmerman’s Florida acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Fourteen people were arrested after multiple acts of vandalism and several assaults in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw District. One man was seen in the street with a head injury and a TV crew received minor injuries in an assault.” No ma’am, being black is not a crime and being black doesn’t mean you will commit a crime. But holding that sign while marching through the streets vandalizing and disturbing the peace should be.
Is there a cause this woman won’t support? I laughed out loud at the photo of a group of people praying at a church during the trial, with a white woman front a center. One look at her left arm tells me she’ll show up to support anything. But how deep is her support? How many of the middle class, white individuals marching around calling for justice would move their families out of suburbia and into a black neighborhood to raise their family?
This image has gone viral. As soon as I saw it I cringed. I felt vindicated in my thoughts when Alveda King, Dr. King’s niece stated ““Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would very likely not wear a hoodie,” she said. “I can assure you he would not wear sagging pants. I don’t even think I’ve ever even seen his sons with sagging pants.”,” said Alveda King on the Andrea Tantaros radio show Tuesday when asked about the image. King said she and two of her cousins are calling on Americans not to “fight or debate” about the case, which she thinks did not raise any significant racial issues.”