in light of the ruling, my last post seems painfully prophetic.
my friend Jorge Salazar posted the following on facebook:
of saying "I am Trayvon Martin" it would do more good for white people
[and non-Black people] in solidarity with the Trayvon Martin case to
recognize all the ways they (we) are Zimmerman.
As in, if you
live in a "safe" suburban or gated community that is mostly white and
that is considered a "good" neighborhood because it excludes people of
colour [especially excluding Black people] then you benefit from the same conditions that created Zimmerman.
If you benefit from "police protection" to your property that depends
on racial profiling of people of colour [especially Black people] and
brutality towards them then you take part in the same systems that
If you have the racial privilege to work,
move, live in mostly white spaces and have limited contact with...
[Black people], particularly "low income" ...[Black people], then you
live with the same social and economic policies of casual segregation
that create Zimmerman.
It's good that people recognize the
injustice of Trayvon Martin's death, but if that recognition is not
accompanied by the work to recognize and undo the systematic economic,
social, educational and employment policies that create neighborhoods
where Black people are seen as threatening trespassers - and how people
benefit from this racial privilege - then no true anti-racist work can
Nobody wants to say "I am Zimmerman" but until we
recognize how Zimmerman reflects institutionalized racism there will
continue to be more Trayvons."
: El Jone — with Melanie Matining.