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Letter: Racism is alive and well in America


August 24. 2013 8:44AM
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Racism is alive and well in America


Granting that putting the victim on trial by George Zimmerman’s lawyers was an obviously successful tactic in his defense, profiling Trayvon Martin ex post facto by an outsider is not only gratuitous, but uncivil.


Labeling a teenager who lost his life in a senseless act of violence a “thug” is not cool; Trayvon Martin was a youngster in the often painful process of growing up. Would the description: “17-year-old marijuana smoker who loved guns and fighting,” by a libertarian, be pejorative if it were of a budding “tea partier” being socialized to enjoy his “God-given” rights and to value the “democratization” by force of arms of a foreign country where he is unwelcome?


Ambiguous statistics are a tool that instigators use to hold people they don’t like (e.g., black people) accountable for cultural breakdowns. It’s bias talking, in this instance saying, “the prisons are filled with 17-year-old killers,” the implication being that Martin would have killed Zimmerman because Martin was black and 17 years old, and …well … a “disproportionate” number of them are that way. The language of racists is often clothed in the guise of legal, constitutional or moral prerogative.


It’s talk like that, that gives credence (where there might not have been any before) to Sharpton’s and Jackson’s assertions that racism is alive and well in America. What else is new? Some people won’t grow up.


Trayvon Martin won’t get a chance to.


— Noe Serna, Lima




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