The Right Wing Excuse on Racism

Trayvon Martin

The Shooting of Trayvon Martin has caused quite a controversy
The Shooting of Trayvon Martin has caused quite a controversy

The Case of Trayvon Martin

On February 26, a 17 year old African American male named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed as he walked to a family member's home from a convenience store where he had just bought some candy. The man who shot him, George Zimmerman, admitted to police that he shot Trayvon in the chest. Zimmerman, the community's self appointed "neighborhood watch leader," called the police to report a suspicious person when he saw Travyon walking from the store wearing a hoodie. Most of the facts surrounding the shooting are in dispute. What is not in dispute is that young Trayvon is dead and the police have refused to charge Zimmerman with a crime, any crime. In fact, the police allowed Zimmerman to keep possession of the weapon used to shoot Trayvon and have made many other procedural mistakes that make a trial in the future almost impossible.

Rush says that the media attention is overblown and a liberal conspiracy to get the President re-elected
Rush says that the media attention is overblown and a liberal conspiracy to get the President re-elected
Geraldo says an African American kid wearing a hoodie is reason enough to shoot him
Geraldo says an African American kid wearing a hoodie is reason enough to shoot him

The Controversy

As expected, the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and the lack of any real investigation into what events occurred has caused quite a controversy. As expected many are taking the side of the young slain kid and demanding that Zimmerman be brought to justice. The fact that the police have done very little and the fact that Zimmerman's story is simply not believable most likely means the police should at least investigate. So far, they seem to be dragging their feet.

But not as expected, there are many in the media and in politics not demanding that Justice be done for Trayvon, but for Zimmerman, and for the most part, this group is represented by the entire conservative movement. Rush Limbaugh, who at this point represents the Republican establishment, stated that the media coverage of the story is a ploy by the media to get President Barack Obama re-elected. Limbaugh also claims that the story is being used to spread hate and anger. Glenn Beck, who may have been voted off the Republican establishment's island, stated that Martin must have been the aggressor because of the way he was dressed. Geraldo Rivera stated that Martin's clothes, a hoodie, played a role in his death. The main thing that all of these people have in common is that none of them claim that race had anything to do with the killing, despite George Zimmerman's comments on tape. In fact, the right wing at this point denies that race plays a role against anything, except for reverse racism.

While these guys might be racists, at least they are honest.
While these guys might be racists, at least they are honest.
The senseless killing of any 17 year old is a tragedy regardless of their skin color.  But to blame the victim and not bring the murder to justice, or even investigate the shooting, makes this tragedy a national disgrace.
The senseless killing of any 17 year old is a tragedy regardless of their skin color. But to blame the victim and not bring the murder to justice, or even investigate the shooting, makes this tragedy a national disgrace.

The Right Wing Excuse

The right wing response to claims of racist acts is to accuse anyone who claims race as a motive is themselves a racist. In short, the right wing wants to pretend that racism no longer exists in America, unless, of course, it is reverse racism. The right's response is to sweep the issue of race under the rug, that way, they can pretend there is no problem. And if there is no problem then they don't have to offer any solutions.

Mr. Beck, Mr. Limbaugh, Mr. Rivera, the Trayvon Martin case shows that old fashioned racism is alive and well in America. Sure, the easy scapegoat is George Zimmerman and his comments. But a racist in white sheets is much easier to deal with than one that wears a suit or a uniform. The fact that an African American young male wearing a hoodie is automatically suspect shows that racism in America is alive and well. The fact that a police department simply takes the word of a shooting suspect and gives him back his gun because the victim was a young black male in a hoodie shows that racism is still alive in America. The fact that a victim's clothes and a school suspension provides reasonable justification for murder shows that racism is still alive in America. And to claim that pointing it out to demand a resolution is racist, is itself racism. And don't forget denial. Denial of a problem that the right wing has nothing but excuses and offers no solutions is a form of racism.

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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

Bravo. I agree... I meet people through my work who are racist and who believe that all 'white' people are also racists. I'm sick of it.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks for reading


Black Skin 4 years ago

I think if george zimmerman had black skin trayvon martin would have cooperated and there would have been no struggle. Black skin would protect zimmerman in prison. Black skin will protect the white man from the black man. Black on white crime is more common but is never talked about. BLACK SKIN WILL PROTECT THE WHITE MAN!!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Cooperated with what? Some wanna be cop yelling at him. Regardless of skin color nobody deserves to get shot walking in their own neighborhood. Once again, your comments reveal the problem: victims are determined by the color of their skin and not by the act. That is the problem. If Treyvon were white, there would have been outrage and nobody would have defended Zimmerman. That is the problem.


Black Skin 4 years ago

Nobody knows what happened nobody was there. But As a half black man I know that many blacks treat white authority figures like substititute teachers. I don't know why any white man would want to be a cop they are labeled racist coming out of the womb. All cops should have black skin.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Well, I agree that nobody was there except for Zimmerman and the kid he killed, but there is tape and there is common sense. Zimmerman suspected the kid was up to know kid because of the color of his skin and the hoodie. The police assumed Zimmerman was right because of the color of his skin and the hoodie. That is the problem. And Zimmerman wasn't an authority figure, he was a wannabe authority figure taking the law in his own hands. Nobody did anything to the cops here. They got in wrong because of a stereotype. They make a conclusion without doing their jobs. I don't what color anyone is, the authority figures have to do their jobs and not jump to conclusions.

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