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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 .)


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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)

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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.  

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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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Human Rights Lawyer, Ezili Danto is dedicated to correcting the media lies and colonial narratives about Haiti. An award winning playwright, a performance poet, author and lawyer, Ezili Danto is founder of the Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network, (more...)

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