CNN's Alina Cho has the latest on conflicting results from audio experts on whether George Zimmerman used a racial slur on a 911 call.
She also looked into the claims of Frank Taaffe, George Zimmerman's neighbor, who said Trayvon Martin may have been considered suspicious because of a string of burglaries in the area perpetrated by black men.
I am horrified about the entire Trayvon Martin case- but I am afraid we are focusing too much on the potential individual racism of Zimmerman and not enough on the obvious institutional racism of the Sanford Justice system. We can debate what occurred on the street during that minute, but we can't deny the inaction of the system in the face of a dead child. That the child was Black and- at the time- unidentified seemed to make authorities approach the situation as though there was no value in this life. He was just another thug to them.
Zimmerman should have been charged and the case should have been properly adjudicated. If that were the case the fears, animosities and public outcry would have been greatly muted. It was not the activities of Civil Right advocates that created the tension in Sanford. It was the inaction of the authorities that exacerbated underlying tensions. .
We can detest the individual racist, if that is the case. We can punish him and use him as an example.... but we cannot change these attitudes over night. We CAN demand the system be transformed to responsibly represent ALL members of society. That's where our outrage can be effective, and should be directed. If we don't focus on transforming the system- not just in Sanford, but throughout this country- there will be more Trayvons- even if we lock Zimmerman in the darkest hole for all eternity.
On a side note, if your son perceived that he were being stalked and threatened in a strange neighborhood by a much larger adult, wouldn't you expect that he would defend himself? Or was Trayvon- as a Black youth- obliged to remain vulnerable to victimization to avoid being stereotyped as an aggressor??
Trayvon Martin's Latest Development:
The following excerpt from CNN's Alina Cho and Ashleigh Banfield's program “Early Start” (Wednesday morning, April 4, 2012) included the heart-touching story of Mr. Frank Taaffe, Former Neighborhood Watch Man in Sanford, FL:
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:31
“Operative Words: Excerpt: “Zimmerman stopped a burglary at my house, called the Sanford Police:
“WAITED FOR THEM.” -Frank Taaffe
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