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Should Whites be wearing shirts that say "I am Trayvon Martin"?

Updated on April 5, 2012

Is she Trayvon Martin?

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This video popped up on my Facebook page and this young woman instantly captivated me. Her ideas on racism are absolutely radical. My first inclination as she starts to speak is to disagree, but in the end her premise is solid. Listen to her carefully and tell me what you think.

What strikes me most is her ability to see the problem of racism and gender education so clearly. In the end, I believe that she is right. The only way to change the way we see each other is to make radical changes to the way we live.

At its heart, the American way of life is interwoven with its racist past. America cannot get over racism, I believe, because it is one of her foundational cornerstones. It is not explicit, nor is it written, but it is one of the hallmarks of our society. We cannot change the way we see each other until we can change the way society judges us. We are all categorized by the society that we live in. We don’t do it on purpose; it is woven into the DNA of our collective beings.

Whether you agree or disagree, this is a good place to begin the discourse.

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    • habueld profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Bean 

      6 years ago from Riverside, CA

      Here is my point about the poor, some people say that the American judicial system is overtly racist. I believe that it is classist system and if you have money you can defend yourself--hence Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson. This is a topic that I have been writing about for a long time. Check out the number of cases per year that happen in a given county and then tell me how many of those cases actually go to trial. Most of them have plea arrangements. This affects poor people more because of our public defense system. It is overburdened and overworked and the poor or sometimes neglected because of it.

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      CJ Baker 

      6 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Interesting video. The point that I do agree with in the video, is that in order to truly eradicate racism we need to change the way that we view things as a society, and we need to totally revamp the way that we are educated and the way that information is portrayed in the media. We need to self examine ourselves and make sure that we are not infected by even subtle forms of racism. Of course this is a uphill battle, but in the long run it will accomplish more than middle class white folks wearing hoodies and identifying them with the victim.

      But I wouldn't want to be critical of the middle class white activists that do this. Because taking a stand against injustice is never a bad thing. People speaking out against racism does draw awareness. If people mass together and make their outrage known this could be a conduit for positive change.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I detest statistics. It is a flawed but useful art that provides perspective more than it is an exact science.

      Let us not give statistics more than it deserves. Statistics is not about facts but probabilities.

      I appreciate your suggestion to find more information about statistics, but I am sure I am familiar with the subject.

      Now with that said, again I say you have no proof of your assertions.

      You have jumped from minorities to poor people. I am unsure what you are trying to point out here. I am uncertain how to respond or if you want me to respond at all. I think your hub opens a new list of possible topics to discuss and consider--larger than a mere hub. This hub has given me a research project! Thanks Habueld! I have already started it and will provide the results to you when completed because your perspective inspired my research.

      Charles, I detect in your words that if a Black person is wealthy and listens to conservatives we are being fooled about racism--coded racism. Please explain coded racism and hub about it. Sounds intriguing. I think that will be another topic of interest that needs attention.

      We spend so much time commenting we forget that some of these comments can be articles that can educate.

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      Charles Hilton 

      6 years ago

      The young woman makes very good points.

      Unfortunately, racism is still in the bloodstream of American society and is so pernicious that even black men are getting fooled by the coded racism of wealthy conservative mouthpieces who tell blacks how to view themselves and their relationship to the world.

      Excellent hub!

    • habueld profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Bean 

      6 years ago from Riverside, CA

      It's not assumption. It is fact. It is statistically impossible for 21% of the population to commit more crime than 58% of the population. Look it up.

      Whites get caught, but most of our prisons are filled with poor people. What does that say about our judicial system. Remember OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson.

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      i think i am going to do another Hub on this. Your proof is not proof only assumption. I suppose the Whites are Too sinister to get caught.

    • habueld profile imageAUTHOR

      Bruce Bean 

      6 years ago from Riverside, CA

      She's not saying that people are taught this explicitly. Their parents don't sit them down at a table and explained these things to them. As a matter of fact, she says her parents did not teach her this. She is saying that it is implied by the society that she lives in and her skin color.

      I don't want to justify black-on-black crime, because it is an issue that we need to confront, but it seems that there is a disconnect in crime statistics with most people because White people commit most of the crime in American society. It's a fact. http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/crimestats. So, as a society we are thuggish toward each other. Yet, the only thugs in society, according you are black males. What about white thugs, Hispanic thugs, and Asian thugs? I wish people would stop taking the position that the crimes committed in society are representative of our prison population, because that is not true. The overwhelming majority of violent crimes are committed by Caucasians, yet, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately represented in our jails. Explain?

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      glmclendon 

      6 years ago

      Good read. I could not get all of it because something is wrong in my system.

      But I do know there is so much hate we have forgotten what this is all about. People are taking sides and don't know what they are siding about.

      We have put George above the law. I don't hear blacks saying he must be guilty, but he must be tried in a court of law.

      His lawyers are saying first one thing then another and by their own admittion they hAVE NEVER SEEN THIS MAN.

      Where are the preachers now? Why are they not speaking up and talking about love? Why are they not talking peace? This must be a teaching time. We have become so lost in the hate of color, we don't see the light of day.

      Stay Well

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      6 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      I see the point, but she is wrong. No all Whites are taught that and not all who are taught that believe it.

      I don't think that White people should take of their hoodies. She is shelter and does not have a view of the world. She did not come up with this on her own.

      She sounds like a self hating White person who is confused. She is using sensationalism to shock Black people and other minorities into thinking she understands. The truth is, everyone is taught some degree of prejudice.

      It is not White people who continue racist ideas of thuggish behavior among Blacks. Blacks do this themselves.

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      SpanStar 

      6 years ago

      She clearly is well-educated and culturally informed. She also presents a powerful argument regarding changing the status quo of how we view racism.

      After hearing her argument perhaps there is more than one-way to achieve an objective. Somehow someway we eventually will have to come together in unity in order to eliminate this cancer we call racism.

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