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America is a nation of so many fuck-ups that it’s safe to predict that its collapse will be imminent. As a whole this society has so many dysfunctional problems left and right that it’s hard to believe that the American Dream is attainable mainly if you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth. However, one of this nation’s biggest problems is their inability to respect the lives of certain people. It doesn’t take much to see how this country treats its tired and poor, but for many people, it’s near impossible to contemplate that it has a serious problem regarding skin color.
Of course, the usual objections of that observation will range anywhere from Black millionaires and politicians to hate crimes being minimal as opposed to the Civil Rights Era. But, there will always be a few exceptions to that rule, and they will not cancel out the grim reality that this so-called “land of opportunity” has the power to reject the right to simply exist without the fear of violence and murder.
The ongoing saga of the murder of Trayvon Martin proves how purposely sloppy justice is done when the victim is black and the killer is white, a cop, or a white cop. George Zimmerman, a Hispanic-white male stalked Martin in his car with a loaded gun loaded and ready. Martin was on his way home from the store carrying iced tea and skittles. Zimmerman approached Martin, a conflict ensued, and Martin was shot to death.
The police in Sanford, FA, where the murder took place, have yet to arrest Zimmerman let alone charge him even though they questioned him. Zimmerman explained that he felt threatened. The police took his word without question even though Zimmerman was arrested and charged in 2005 for assault and battery and resisting arrest on a police officer. Still, they didn’t arrest him presumably because Zimmerman had studied law in the past. WTF?
Those who are following this story are aware of the continuous disrespect directed not at Zimmerman, but at Martin. The police and the media sought fit to turn this dead young man into a thug with a gangster past. By doing so, they not only try to minimize the significance of this travesty, but also try to make it seem that Martin’s death was inevitable and justified.
Racist internet trolls are springing up like weeds choking any discussion that tries to refute this campaign to “gangsterize” Martin. They, in their own special language, try extensively not to see the racism etched in this case, and in doing so defend Zimmerman’s actions. These trolls are also hellbent in trying to demonize Martin, and make the whole movement for justice into a comedy. And let’s not forget the usual arguments backing black-on-white murders, the claim that history’s racist moments had no contribution. Let’s not leave out how black-on-black crime should be a higher priority, or how their “black friends” agree with them. Anything thought of to take away the seriousness of this crime is said.
These are signs of America’s pathology against black people. Their lives mean nothing in this society. They never did, and most likely never will. The murder of Trayvon Martin help exposed that for the entire world to see. And even though this society will deny their problem, its actions speak much louder than words.
Trayvon’s only “crime” was that he was born black in a nation with a serious problem with black skin. He was tried, convicted, and executed. Weeks later, his death would be followed by Ervin Jefferson, an unarmed black male in Atlanta, GA, shot to death by security guards even though he committed no crime. It was recently reported that the security guards were impersonating cops.
Then, Rekia Boyd, an unarmed black female in Chicago, IL, killed by an off-duty police officer who thought she had a gun which turned out to be a cellphone. Let’s not forget the ones that came before them like Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, Fred Hampton, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, James Craig Anderson, Sean Bell, James Byrd Jr., Oscar Grant, Ramarley Graham, Aiyana Jones, Troy Davis and the countless lives of blacks lost due greatly because of mainstream society’s suspicious indifference and contempt just because they simply don’t like black people.
This distaste of non-white lives isn’t just regulated to blacks. Latino and Hispanic Americans are greatly targeted as well. Politicians, mostly from the right, have made it their mission to root out an immigrant who is suspected of being here “illegally”. The underlying goal–in the end–is to make America as “white” as possible, and some are going through great lengths to make sure that those immigrants get the message.
In 2009 9-year old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul was murdered in their own home during a home invasion by Shawna Forde and her vigilante group the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps. Even though Forde was sentenced to death in 2011, the damage was done. Nothing could bring little Brisenia or her father Raul back, and the message regarding America’s hyper-suspicious and murderous nature is clear.
That same year former Marine Jose Guerena was shot dozens of times by an Arizona Swat Team. He was killed during a raid in his home. There was no known reason as to why his home was targeted. In the end his life was taken senselessly, no different if it had been an armed robbery like the one committed by Forde and her gang.
Let’s not avoid the reality that this same mindset is applied to religious denominations, particularly Islam. This country is scared shitless when it comes to Muslims especially after a horrific mass attack. Remember the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995? Who was the usual suspect? Muslim extremists. Who was the real mastermind? A white boy named Timothy McVeigh.
When 9-11 occured, America not only jumped at the chance to blame Islam extremists, but was ready to place all Muslims here and abroad under a heavy microscope of suspicion. After that day, America became an even more paranoid nation than before as terror alerts heightened–on average–twice a month for several months.
All signs point that it is this same suspect mentality and demonization of Muslims and Middle-Easterners can take on a deadly form. Shaima Alawadi, a mother of five who emigrated to the U.S. from Iraq, was killed in her own community. News reports that that one of daughters discovered a note saying “Go back to your country, you terrorist” found near her body. There are currently no suspects.
Now, take into consideration America’s genocide of Native Americans, women, Asians, homosexuals, and other non-white male, straight, Christian groups from middle and upper class backgrounds, there’s no contradiction that America is a land of careless, illogical hatred and it’s chaotic habit of avoiding that truth for the sake of protecting its most valued resource, whiteness.
More and more deaths will follow the aforementioned victims. It is because of this society’s violent nature towards anyone and anything they perceive as “different” from its narrow category of normalcy while proclaiming itself to be a “civilized” nation. Soon after, an influx of excuses and insults will flow like diarrhea on a mission to try to cover the sad and pathetic truth with the stench of disdain. However, they may avoid such stories altogether which is no less dishonorable.
Anyone who tries is part of the problem. Plain and simple. Whether they are media outlets or worthless trolls, they are irrefutable truths that prove this nation’s sickness of hate is strong and malignant. But they can’t avoid it, deny it, or even excuse it. It is in plain sight for the world to see.