Let’s Talk About Trevon

 

So, is racism dead?  Not as dead as Trevon, I’d say.
There’s been some $400,000 raised by what’s his name (WHN) in the year since the system of resilient fear and the American gun culture did Trevon in.  That’s pretty good evidence in my mind.  The nature of the “stand your ground” law that rallies the defenders of the one that pulled the trigger is an odd mixture of these two American traits.
First is the fear our gun culture rightly puts us all in.  Then there’s the added fear we have for people who’s race differs from our own.  Add to that the fear the rich always have of the poor, the fact that one race dominates the money in America, and stir in a generous helping of the the NRA’s vested interest in promoting fear between all people, and you get the murder of Trevon and the heated debate over whether WHN was the aggressor or a victim with too many balls.
“Too many balls?” you ask.
If you do, I say you’ve just confirmed my point.  Whatever else you say about the Trevon Martin incident, it’s got to include the observation that he didn’t deserve to die.
Whether WHN legitimately thought Trevon was overly “standing his ground” or not, and thus WHN might have thought he was defending himself from a potentially dangerous person, there’s no disputing the fact that Trevon was justified in thinking he was dealing with a person that might well kill him, for WHN did.
And that’s the final proof that racism is alive and well in America.  A law that could as easily be justified as a defense for either party was passed by a legislature controlled by one race knowing full well it would only be applied against the other.
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2 Responses to Let’s Talk About Trevon

  1. Fred Drake says:

    I don’t believe Trevon thought he was dealing with someone who might kill him. On the contrary I think because he did not believe he was dealing with someone who could do him any real harm he got himself killed.

    • George says:

      Why would you think you are in any position to have any such beliefs? I don’t know much at all about what came down that night, but do find it extraordinary that the law being used as a defense by the person who survived could, if anything, have been used with more justification by the victim in justifying attempting to defend himself.

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