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George Zimmerman and How White Supremacy Works

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 The Invention of Whiteness A tool to maintain the global oligarhs' minority rule

 by Ezili Danto

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George Zimmerman is Peruvian white. As Haitians, we know the hard way, how the majority of Latin Americans treat the Black or the Native indigenous.

We live, on an Island with Dominicans where the Bateys are where Haitians are enslaved. Most folks born in Mexico or Latin American countries are defined as Hispanic and that term is only defined as "non-white" in the US.

"Hispanic" outside of the US generally mean descendants of European whites from Spain no matter their skin tone who identify in aesthetics, ideals, habits and nationality as WHITE. And that whiteness identification makes them supposedly superior to Black Brazilians, Black Peruvians as well as Haitians.

There was a time when the European tribes looked upon the Irish as the "Blacks" of Europe or before the end of the Cold War, where even some Slavics, Romanians or some Russians weren't quite "white" enough. But America needs those immigrant "white" numbers up and identifications with white supremacy going in order to keep the majority in the world from rising against its tyranny. Divide to conquer.

Of course in America needing the numbers, the Irish became white. Soon though, as America needs more numbers, all the Latinos along with Japanese, will be categorized as whites? Zimmerman used the confusion to alternatively identify himself as Hispanic and white. Depending on who his family wanted to manipulate. Much has been forgotten about Zimmerman's many inconsistencies, and the attempt to have his wife hide monies raised from the white communities for his legal defense.

The one light in this case, is the Latino/Latina communities, used to being considered as almost lowly Blacks in the US, refused to let Zimmerman divide them from standing with the Justice for Trayvon defenders.

George Zimmerman had a choice of race and ethnicity

 Zimmerman had the benefits, privileges and choices of race, presumed "Americanism" and ethnicity  that Trayvon Martin could never have because he was Black and seen as an unassimilated Black youth. These privileges operate to further institutionalize racism.

On the US census and government forms, Hispanics have a choice to define themselves as white Hispanic or non-white Hispanic. The choice is fictional like the white race. A political choice depending on the individual identification for those who can get away with it in the US. For even if an African marks himself as non-Black, his features and skin color will operate to deny him privileges others who can pass for Italian, Israeli, Argentinian white, Hispanic white, Spanish white or Greek are accorded.

Trayvon Martin, dark-skinned Blacks and Blacks without features culturally defined as European features, do not have such political and survivalist choices under white supremacist's US.

Historically, in the US whenever poor people came together to fight the oligarchs/robber barons/one percenters to push for change because the conditions were so oppressive for all working peoples, no matter skin color, in each case the ruling class turned to white supremacy to beat back the efforts from below. (Watch, for instance - The Invention of the White Race.)

Zimmerman and how white supremacy works

Here's how George Zimmerman's acquittal worked the white supremacist's US system. George Zimmerman's brother, Robert, told Bill Maher that George is not white, could "NEVER be white."  He identifies their mother as Afro-Peruvian and his father as a US-born white, "our father is from German descent" he says. This, to somehow show George Zimmerman cannot be racist.

Later on, the family publicly dropped the identification with Afro-Peruvian and their Hispanic roots.

On Fox News, Robert Zimmerman "passed" the family as white for the benefits that that provides in America's injustice system. The family dropped the emphasis and identification with being part African-Peruvian. The Zimmerman family specifically said that they : "... chose NOT to publicly identify with their Hispanic roots since the fatal shooting in order to emphasize self-defense."  

In white supremacy America, that strategy works. Especially notable is that Zimmerman's white US-born father is a judicial officer in the US who probably knows well the legal privileges of being white to that of part "Afro-Peruvian."

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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