BLACK BIAS IN THE TRAYVON MARTIN CASE
The racial bias by blacks in the Trayvon Martin case is about as glaring a bias that can be perpetrated by any single race of people. A majority of Blacks in this country have taken up the cause of Trayvon Martin for one simple reason, he is black. Yes, based on the facts of the case, blacks have surmised the guilt or innocence of the parties involved based solely on race.
How do I draw this conclusion? Because I am a black male who views this case in a racial context. You see I am guilty of judging Trayvon Martins actions on that night as reasonable. I see Trayvon Martin as the victim, both in life and in death. I am guilty of judging Travonne Martin as though he is a normal everyday sixteen year old, not a black sixteen year old as so many of his detractors. I see this young man as a victim of an overaggressive neighborhood watchman who violated every rule of the watch along with every direction provided him by law enforcement. I draw this conclusion because I was raised in the inner city and can still remember what it was like for a sixteen year old alpha male.
I can imagine myself walking down the street minding my business when I notice a adult male following me in his car. My mind quickly shifts into defensive mode. Who is this creep? Why is he following me? Is he some sort of pervert? My first reaction as a alpha male is to approach the predator, hoping this will discourage his advances. I approach his vehicle and ask if he has a problem. He replies with a question of his own; where are you going? My mind responds, why do you want to know where I am going? I start to think, this guy is a weirdo. I go on my way and happen to look back to see that he has departed from his car and begun to follow me on foot. My emotions are racing somewhere between fear, disgust, and anger. I duck between some houses to see if I can either discourage his advances or lose him all together but he continues to follow.
I am now faced with the ultimate decision, whether to have him catch me on his terms or mine. I circle around to see if I can sneak up on him. I approach and in defense of myself or any other child he may encounter that evening I attack. Not out of some random desire to fight but out of my desire for survival. My alpha male instincts have kicked in and I respond like any other alpha male would, I will take him out before he takes me out.
This is the biased account that must black Americans deal with in this debate. You see, to us Trayvon is a sixteen year old kid who simply went to the store to purchase snacks. However, to you he is your worst fear, a young black male. A thug with no sense of human decency or regard for others lives. To you Trayvon was the aggressor even in defense of himself. If Zimmerman had turned out to be a predator seeking out kids, Trayvon would be nothing short of a hero, but even in his death there are attempts to paint him as a thug. Over and over he is portrayed as a violent predator that was simply looking for a fight that night. After all, we all skittles are the food of thugs.
You see our bias is based on seeing both parties as equal., while others tend to regard Trayvon as less than human. How else can one justify labeling a sixteen year old who greatest discretion was experimenting with marijuana while at the same time label a man (Zimmerman) a victim when he has a record of violent behavior, including resisting arrest by violence and spousal abuse. If the racial makeup of the two parties were reversed, and the criminal backgrounds were the same who would you label the aggressor?
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