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George Zimmerman and How White Supremacy Works

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For instance, for Afro-Peruvians in Peru "racism remains so deeply ingrained in Peru that many don't consider the practice discriminatory." (See, Lima: Where the pallbearers are black .)


Lima: Where the pallbearers are black by Associated Press/Rodrigo Abd

Associated Press/Rodrigo Abd - In this July 2, 2013 photo, black pallbearers put on their white gloves as they prepare to handle a coffin during a burial in Lima, Peru. These pallbearers are in the job precisely because of the color of their skin, a phenomenon unique to this South American capital that was a regional seat of Spain's colonial empire for more than three centuries and where racism remains so deeply ingrained that many Peruvians don't consider the practice discriminatory. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

George Zimmerman's acquittal shows, certain non-black people of color definitely do reap the benefits of anti-Black racism, both in the US, in Peru, mostly all over the world.  Zimmerman created the fear and the danger for which he claimed self-defense but remains criminally not responsible because the law and racism worked for him.

Trayvon Martin had no such choices. He was Black and dead. He had been born to a world and in a society that generation after generation imposes a presumption of criminality on Blacks. Born in a world that conflates Black with being criminal. Whiteness plus the unevenly applied Stand Your Ground laws which removes the obligation to retreat helped make the Zimmerman defense strategy a slam dunk. Because George Zimmerman had those choices, he could choose a defense strategy that empathized his whiteness and rarely publicly identified with his Black and Hispanic hyphenates other than to use them to deflect charges of racism. For, "white people who kill black people in 'Stand Your Ground' states are 354% more likely to be cleared of murder."

Blaming the victim, Trayvon Martin, is not justice. But it sums up the historical relationship that Blacks have had with people in the US who hold power. Statistics show, George Zimmerman's use of deadly force, on an unarmed child that he provoked, is a criminal act mostly when the victims are white.  

Zimmerman provoked the fight and is responsible at law -if racism wasn't involved - for the consequences, for the death of Trayvon Martin. The double standards are clear. The white perpetrators of crimes, especially in killings of Black people, are still, in 2013, under Obama, more likely to get an acquittal.



"I still don't understand what Trayvon Martin was supposed to do," Amy Davidson writes in the New Yorker Magazine. "There is an echo, in what people say Martin should and shouldn't have done, of what people say to women when bad things happen to them in dark places." (See also from Ezili Danto, For Trayvon: Obama a day late and a dollar short).

Ezili Danto of HLLN
July 2013

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In memory of Trayvon Martin, consider going to see Fruitvale Station, the story of Oscar Grant. Much like Trayvon Martin, Oscar family did not get justice. His story is now on film. For other positive action, see also Justice for Trayvon: Actions You Can Take ;  The Justice for Trayvon Action Kit or the info here.

"Uncle Sam Zimmerman:
George Zimmerman stalked a young man and picked a fight. When the youth fought back, George shot him dead in "self-defense."

Uncle Sam, also a self-appointed "protector" (as in protection racket), stalks the world picking fights. When the victims fight back, Uncle Sam screams "terrorist!" and kills them."-- Per Fagereng, Host of the "Fight The Empire" show on KBOO radio, Portland.

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"George Zimmerman's acquittal shows, certain non-b... by Ezili Danto on Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 4:00:42 PM
Racism: assuming the dead youth must be the victim... by Diane V. McLoughlin on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:04:15 PM
You are right, Ezili. Unfortunately color and orig... by Howard Schneider on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:40:18 PM
Zimmerman did not know Trayvon was black, he notic... by Diane V. McLoughlin on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:43:37 PM
Trayvon Martin "born to a world and in a society... by Ezili Danto on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:33:22 PM
Ezili, I see in your bio that you are from Haiti. ... by Diane V. McLoughlin on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:55:38 PM
"Zimmerman, it may surprise you to learn, didn't e... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 2:00:10 AM
Zimmerman was not on duty that night as a neighbor... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 2:02:20 AM
this conversation would not be occurring.  Th... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:44:13 AM
Doc "Old Codger" McCoy;Thank you for the comment. ... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:10:35 PM
Thanks for braving the pack to stand with the trut... by Ezili Danto on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:17:06 PM
All of the evidence I've seen indicates that Zimme... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:43:50 PM
I fail to see how any of this racial hatred direct... by Natalie Oberman on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 3:08:00 PM
We've done this dance elsewhere Natalie Oberman. G... by Ezili Danto on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:24:39 PM
"So I open my door. It was a black man with a blac... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:57:09 AM
A, German friend tells me anyone called Zimmerman ... by Phil Linehan on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 6:49:48 PM
Did you read the article? As the subject article o... by Ezili Danto on Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 7:23:35 PM
By your "reasoning", Trayvon Martin could not be b... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:37:44 AM
Zimmerman is a German name. It means carpenter in ... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:20:34 PM
Yes, I know that Zimmerman means carpenter.  ... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 4:58:12 PM
Lol. It's all that #BlackPrivilege I've got. Poor ... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:03:33 PM
You really are degenerating into a joke.  Bla... by Omar Ravenhurst on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:04:00 AM
Interesting how one site has only positive respons... by Ezili Danto on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:52:31 AM
You seem to be as confused as ever.  I never ... by Omar Ravenhurst on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 9:34:42 PM
That's right.  The post quoting Trayvon Marti... by Omar Ravenhurst on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:55:09 PM
I live just a few miles from where Zimmerman grew ... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:25:30 AM
Omar Ravenhurst I can guess which peanut gallery ... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:31:18 PM
My patrilineal heritage is 10th generation Irish.&... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:59:14 PM
Martin took off running at the T intersection, hea... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:12:43 PM
Thank you for commenting Omar Ravenhurst. I'v... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:25:34 PM
I can't post the handle Trayvon Martin used for hi... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 7:12:12 PM
I note that you completely ignored my observation ... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 9:22:52 PM
Omar RavenhurstZimmerman first followed the innoce... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 1:40:33 PM
"Zimmerman first followed the innocent Trayvon Mar... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 5:53:04 PM
Got it!... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:58:19 PM
Former President Jimmy Carter thinks the jury made... by Chris Cook on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 3:37:24 PM
Hey Chris,Good to see you here. It seems now it's ... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 5:36:36 PM
Jimmy Carter did not attend law school. He was edu... by Chris Cook on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 6:32:27 PM
That was a rhetorical question. Carter couldn't ha... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:08:48 PM
Wow!  You noticed that too?  How refresh... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:42:53 PM
This woman continues to distort the facts with her... by Robert Gardner on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 7:02:25 PM
It's not fair to introduce verifiable facts into a... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 7:17:23 PM
"This woman's name" Mr. Robert Gardner is Ezili Da... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:33:58 PM
OK, I will apologize for not calling you by name, ... by Robert Gardner on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:57:39 PM
he followed AND confronted him.... by Robert Gardner on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:59:28 PM
Mr. Gardner,Have you heard the statements made by ... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:45:24 PM
You know what I mean.   Stay cool!... by Omar Ravenhurst on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:42:46 PM
We are told that a black man would automatically b... by Omar Ravenhurst on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 7:54:05 PM
Reactions are identical to those in the Zimmerman ... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:43:31 PM
Greatest insult yet. Lol. Doc "Old Codger" McCoy I... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:51:03 PM
Hey you, how dare you answer Obama's question, you... by Robert Gardner on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:10:08 PM
Can't wait to hear what Ms. Danto thinks about tha... by Natalie Oberman on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:01:00 PM
"On Feb. 26, 2012 when law breaking, violent and a... by Ezili Danto on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:48:15 PM
I wrote of statistical data. To wit: "white peopl... by Ezili Danto on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:41:53 AM
What is the per-capita black-on-white murder rate,... by Omar Ravenhurst on Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 12:18:00 AM
Did it ever concern you that the girl, who was onl... by Robert Gardner on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:33:27 PM
In this instance, GZ profiled and killed. He's gui... by Ezili Danto on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:32:41 AM
Oh, and you say that the juror "Maddy" said that h... by Robert Gardner on Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:19:32 PM
 I've written at "For Trayvon: Obama a day la... by Ezili Danto on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:23:47 AM
Mr. Gardner, McCoy, Ravenhurst, everyone: To k... by Ezili Danto on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 12:27:59 AM
From my perspective, justice was achieved.  F... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:13:32 AM
Again, what you call racism, I call prejudices.&nb... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:20:22 AM
Is Ms. Danto not aware of the outpouring of suppor... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:23:13 AM
I respect the views of everyone here including the... by Robert Gardner on Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 5:00:20 AM
Folks,As Tracy Martin, Trayvon's father said "We f... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 12:00:35 AM
cont.. Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling ... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 12:25:29 AM
Cont... Zimmerman is a law breaking, violent, co... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 12:29:47 AM
If there was no recording of this murder, the adul... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:22:27 AM
There is a problem here, 73 Year-Old Lester Chambe... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:34:13 AM
(almost obtuse) and deny the actual facts of the c... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 2:25:04 AM
Mr. McCoyIt may be denial, but your own words indi... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 3:01:23 AM
cont..May I also say that it is not my intention t... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 3:34:14 AM
everything "white" and the so called 1%, what does... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 4:38:39 AM
was not a  racist, just an unstable SOB. That... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 7:12:38 AM
You have strong opinions - as do I - but I hesitat... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:01:22 AM
Go back and read the article Mr. McCoy. Racism/whi... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:52:12 PM
Maximum respect to you Mr. McCoy for being honest,... by Ezili Danto on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 2:25:01 PM
will not resolve anything Miss Danto.  Ultima... by Doc McCoy on Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 3:04:01 AM
Yes, actually Mr. McCoy, the ruling corporatocracy... by Ezili Danto on Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 1:15:12 PM
by Supreme BeingYou will never, ever, understand h... by Omar Ravenhurst on Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 12:03:31 AM
click hereI think  I had said  quite eno... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 2:32:16 PM
and does not deserve even  a responseMaybe&nb... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 5:46:55 AM
I have a friend from Germany who has the original,... by Omar Ravenhurst on Friday, Aug 2, 2013 at 8:40:59 AM