Entry #19

I Guess We Just Love to Fight


In my last entry I spoke about the Zimmerman case and people's reaction to the verdict. The verdict has sparked outrage and controversy that doesn't seem to be losing any steam. Nation wide protests continue and the movement grows stronger everyday. I will repeat myself in saying: why didn't anybody care about the gross negligence and cost cutting that led to 1,100 deaths in Bangledesh, or for that matter, the explosion in West, Texas that killed 14, injured 200, and destroyed 50 homes and a school? Why don't people react to tragedies that are so clear cut? The sad truth I'm coming to realize is that tragedy just isn't that interesting to people unless they can have an argument about it.

Many uninformed debates have come out of the Zimmerman/Martin case. Half of the country, is in discussion about the "Stand Your Ground" law. If you are unaware, this law was not invoked during the trial. Zimmerman got off on "Self Defense". To be clear, this is not a justification of the verdict. I am addressing the fact that somehow this case has provoked a nation wide debate over, among other questionably relevant issues, a law that did not come into play.

Speaking of "questionably relevant", let's talk about Skittles. There is not a person in this country who doesn't know that Martin had purchased Skittles brand candy shortly before his death. Why is it that there are more people who know what type of candy Martin was carrying than there are people who know the defense's actual plea in the trial? This is a result of the mainstream media subliminally tricking you into feeling a certain way about the victim. They are trying to paint a picture of a harmless, innocent, "sweet" child. The fact of the matter is, Skittles are enjoyed by all walks of life from the innocent toddler first discovering the practical function of teeth and taste buds, to the criminally insane. For all we know, the reason Zimmerman was on his way to Target, was to buy the biggest bag of Skittles they make. One thing's for sure, the good people at Wrigley probably aren't too upset about all of the free advertising.

(Let me take a moment to curb anyones fears or suspicions that I might be a Zimmerman supporter: Zimmerman believed himself to be an authority figure. He is a man who wanted to be a cop and lock people up. Therefore, murder or no murder, black, white, or hispanic, I personally wouldn't lose any sleep if he got locked up for a thousand years.)

The bigger discussion that has arisen is about race and racism in our legal system and in our country. I'm not blind, I know that racism is a huge problem in our system. I have spent most of my life speaking out against it. But no matter how much you detest racism, you have to view and discuss it in a rational way. This case has never been factually proven to be about race. The issue of race is no more than an opinion based on (among other things) a cleverly edited 911 call, and people's own preconceived notions about racial profiling and race relations. I have no doubt that profiling played a role in Zimmerman's actions but without getting inside Zimmerman's head I cannot be %100 convinced that it was RACIAL profiling.

Whether we like it or not, not all bad people are racist and not all racists are bad people- everyone has prejudices INCLUDING YOU! These prejudices can develop from a lifetime of complicated influences and experience that aren't easy for everyone to understand. They can also manifest themselves in many different ways and levels of harmfulness. So next time you talk about how you detest "racists", take a moment to think about the last time you talked about how much you hate "hipsters" for dressing like "retards".

Sidebar: If you want to prove to ME that you are anti-racist activist, start by boycotting Major League Baseball. I know this may be old news, but it doesn't change the fact that the Cleveland Indians logo is inarguably a blatantly racist cartoon. And if you're not willing to sacrifice something you love for your cause, then I guess you aren't really an activist afterall.

Thanks (in my opinion) to the media, the country is in an uproar about our racist system. Well, more specifically about the oppression of blacks. The loud and clear message I am currently receiving is that whites rule it all, blacks are next in line, and every other race can go fuck themselves. It's hard to imagine what it must have been like to be black in the 1940s. Now imagine what it must of been like to be Japanese (or any type of asian). Whatever treatment blacks were getting from whites, is the same treatment Japanese were getting from blacks AND whites. My point is that it's never been about black and white. It has always been about power which ultimately boils down to majority/minority. The majority will always have power and the way they choose to wield it and treat the minority, doesn't ever seem to change.

The media is playing us all like fools. Am I going crazy here or has racism from blacks and whites, made a massive comeback since the start of this trial? The country has latched onto this story and successfully morphed it into a racial issue because that's what the system wants. Divide and conquer while they plot their next move to oppress us all.