I’ve been observing both the Paula Deen fiasco and the George Zimmerman trial. I’ve also checked out the reactions given as comments in news and social networking sites. I’ve taken into account the little argument with a blogger about my last post about Paula Deen. As a side note, I guess that blogger got bored and found something else to focus on.
Anyhow, many people are defending the former Food Network chef and the Florida neighborhood vigilante. People are fighting tooth and nail to get Deen back on the air. And Zimmerman’s supporters adamantly believe he did nothing wrong.
So far, Deen continues to victimize herself for her admitted racist mindset. Many of us consider it a case of White Woman’s Tears, crying and weeping not because they knew what they’ve done was offensive to others, but because they were caught and called out. Of course, the morbid reaction to White Woman’s Tears would be the support and comfort instead of learning lessons and taking responsibility.
George Zimmerman’s supporters continue to stick to the idea that Trayvon Martin was somehow up to no good. Trayvon is still seen as a thug to many people who got what was coming to him. He was the only person who was wrong. Zimmerman was simply a man trying to stand his ground.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about these two cases, and others that came before such as Don Imus and Jordan Davis. The conclusion is clear. Offending and killing off black lives are seen as ‘okay’ things to do, at least until black lives speak out, that is.
Paula Deen romanticized the old, fairy tale version of the South, including slavery. For a long time, she saw nothing wrong with it. George Zimmerman took it upon himself to protect his neighborhood at all costs, including murder. He saw Trayvon Martin as the typical black thug, and made the first moves, resulting in murder, Trayvon’s. In both cases black lives were either considered unimportant enough for consideration or dangerous to peace and safety. And, it seems both Deen and Zimmerman see themselves as innocent of any wrongdoing.
Before I go any further, I want to point out that I know George Zimmerman has a Latino background. However, he has been given white privilege due to his suspected white racial framing of blacks. White privilege is certainly fighting to prevent Deen from falling any further. And I fear it has Zimmerman’s back when the verdict comes out in the near future.
Yet, to some people, such thinking is wrong and itself racist. Some people will ask for “proof” to validate such statements even though there is a strong chance they will reject it anyway. But, that’s the whole point when it comes to race. It isn’t logical or scientific to begin with.
Think about it – whiteminded people especially. Everytime you’ve heard of an incident where a black person, male or female, was attacked or killed by a nonblack person, did you honestly and immediately assumed that the black person started it or asked for it? Also, during those incidents, how many of them did you assume that race wasn’t a factor?
On another similar note, have you ever heard your friend make a racist statement about black people? If so, did you ever confront them? Have they ever been checked by anyone?
There is no logic in any of these questions, because those examples aren’t logical. Yet, it happens, and it happens often. Racism is based on discrimination against people of color for being people of color. What part of that makes any sense?
Deen, Zimmerman and their supporters continue to make “logical” excuses, sticking to their guns apparently. It shrinks the impact of their actions into virtually harmless and innocent mistakes. The theme that black lives and emotions don’t matter continue in this “Post-Racial” era. It is not only unabated, but strengthened.