Hey Tumblr, whether or not Zimmerman is white,
a kid was lynched by a guy who benefits from white supremacy and the hatred of black people. And that’s a fucking problem.
On the California census there is no option for ‘Hispanic’ and therefore, they are often grouped into ‘whites’. I feel like that has relevancy here.
It matters not regarding the fact that Trayvon Martin’s life was not valuable in a white supremacist society. The US is white supremacist and a society that has never come to terms with its hatred of black people. That’s the relevant issue in this case.
I don’t give a shit about whether Zimmerman is white or not, or couldn’t mark on a census form that he identifies as “Hispanic”.
Yeah, I agree with you. It was more of a half thought-comment than anything. I think that maybe it sheds light on just how white supremacist our nation is that he couldn’t even be included in a statistic that has an impact on our societal systems. Or maybe there is something to be said for the power he has in being able to identify as such. I’m looking at the systemic importance of the detail and how it relates to the case. Sorry if it came off as a defense or anything ridiculous- not at all my intention. Thanks for the input though, that’s exactly what I was looking for. =]
Why are you interested in making this about Zimmerman? It IS ridiculous.
Read this article. Zimmerman is a white supremacist. He doesn’t have to be white to be a white supremacist, to be a bigot, to be a racist, to be one who benefits from the existence of white supremacy. This is not about Zimmerman. This is about a society that consistently and persistently devalues black people. This is about how we all, whether we choose to or not, benefit from that devaluation.
This is a man who fully supported the white power structure. He not only wanted to benefit from it, he wanted to profit from it.
From the article:
George Zimmerman, 28, an aspiring police officer who once attended a citizen police academy, called the Sanford Police Department on Feb. 26 to report a suspicious person in his gated townhouse complex. It was one of the dozens of times he had called police over the years, and one of several where he called to report the presence of a black male.***
Attorneys for Martin’s family accuse the Sanford police of protecting Zimmerman because he shares their love for law enforcement.
Zimmerman, who was born in Virginia and studied criminal justice at Seminole State College, is the son of a retired Virginia Supreme Court magistrate and his wife, a longtime clerk of courts, according to his application to the citizen’s academy.
Sanford police released a log of Zimmerman’s dozens of calls to police dating back to 2004, which show a pattern of his reporting suspicious people and minor nuisances.
Zimmerman was arrested in a scuffle with an undercover officer in 2005, but the charges were dropped when he entered a pretrial diversion program that allowed him to have a clean record.
When he applied for the citizen’s police academy, Zimmerman insisted he did not know the man he scuffled with was a cop.
“I hold law enforcement officers in the highest regaurd [sic] as I hope to one day become one,” he wrote in his application. “I would never have touched a police officer.”