The murder of Trayvon Martin doesn’t raise new questions it highlights old ones. Had the killer, George Zimmerman, been a black vigilante who killed a white child, he would have been arrested, quite likely beaten or shot for “resisting arrest” and jailed without bail assuming he wasn’t already dead.
Racism in this country continues unabated, fueled by ignorance, arrogance and fear, the fire stoked by the rhetoric of white superiority. Genocide directed at Native Americans, slavery, lynchings, Chinese Exclusion Laws, the internment of Japanese-Americans, Jim Crow and the anti-immigrant sentiment now flooding our airwaves all point to this hatred of the “other”. Now add Muslims to the list. And when these “others” die or suffer, their lives are not valued as much as the lives of white people. This is madness, ugly racism, toxic to everyone. The land of the free, the home of the brave? Hardly.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Trayvon Martin, a child like any other. Our child