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no thank you.
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First there was the solidarity of "I am Trayvon Martin."

Now, witness the white-guilt version -

http://wearenottrayvonmartin.tumblr.com/


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I AM NOT TRAYVON MARTIN. I am a 31 year old white male. I wear a hooded sweatshirt most days, I smoke the odd bit of weed, I may be walking through your neighborhood with a bag of food. Am I a punk? Do I always get away with it? Am I a threat?

I’ve had the odd encounter with the police, they’ve always been nothing but nice and helpful, even if I might be caught doing something illegal and have always let me on my way. Would Trayvon have been given the same benefit of the doubt?

I don’t need to worry about being hunted down by scared, lonely reactionaries, they’re not afraid of me. Why? I’m every bit as terrifying as Trayvon, I just happen to be white. I’m not Trayvon, but there are many people who could be and they need protection even more than Florida’s gated communities.
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Feeeeeel the white privilege. Feeeeeeeeeeeeel it flowing through you.
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I am not Trayvon Martin. I’m a 36-year-old, straight, white Canadian man awash in the privileges of Western society. I walk the darkest streets of Toronto without fear, am offered help whenever I need it, and know that I can approach strangers without a second thought. I wear a hoodie all through the winter, yet none would describe me as suspicious or menacing. This week I will become an uncle and I know that I will never have to teach my niece/nephew some things because they won’t be Trayvon either. I am in seminary, planning to become a Unitarian Universalist minister, in hopes that churches may yet live into their promise of being centres for community that cross identity and belief in the interests of justice and compassion.
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I wonder how many of these people are 99%ers too. That must cause some neural feedback. On one tumblr you're trying to state how the system has beaten you down and you've been taken advantage of by the 1%ers and on the other tumblr you're trying to state how you lead a privileged life and empathize with those less fortunate than you.
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i sense this thread is about to go thermonuclear.
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post

I wonder how many of these people are 99%ers too. That must cause some neural feedback. On one tumblr you're trying to state how the system has beaten you down and you've been taken advantage of by the 1%ers and on the other tumblr you're trying to state how you lead a privileged life and empathize with those less fortunate than you.

A day or two before the verdict, a group was already planning a protest at the same site in Baltimore where the 99%ers protested. I wonder how anxious the City will be to remove them this time if they stick around for a few weeks/months.

Across town, another group was working on its own protest:

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-07-15/news/bs-md-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-monday-20130715_1_trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-baltimore-police
post #4373 of 6250
This is pure genius. Notice at the start she makes sure to let us know her kids are autistic, that way we're supposed to have some sympathy for her. But then she turns it around and channels that sympathy to Trayvon. Well played, lady, well played.


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I am not Trayvon Martin. I am a 30 something white woman, a married Mother of 5. My sons are white, yet two have autism. I fear someday their “weird behavior" may lead to a percussion, just for who they are. But unlike Trayvon I can coach & teach my sons how to “fit in" I can take them to therapy and they get special classes in school. They get special adaptations and help, ……..they get sympathy…..They get a chance…something Zimmerman never gave Trayvon..a chance…..something the jury gave too much of to Zimmerman.

Trayvon being black meant he was not helped, he was judged without knowing, profiled without cause, and ultimately punished by death without cause.

Trayvon was a beautiful, young man. He had promise and dreams and like many kids his age he may not have always made the best choices. But had he been white rather than black those choices would have been viewed as innocent, not used against him. Trayvon should of been looking toward college and a career, hoping to meet his life mate and later raising a family. He should of gone on to use the gift he had to make his way in life. He should of been given a chance, which is what we all deserve.

They called it the “George Zimmerman trial" but it was really the “Trayvon Martin trial". Where Zimmerman played as judge, jury and executioner. Zimmerman was deemed “white enough" to get away with it. Trayvon was sentenced to death for being black.

I am ashamed of this country although after reading these posts I have a tiny bit of hope. I hope & pray for a future where the world is color blind. I teach my children that race, color, religion, gender, orientation or economic position does not matter, how wonderful a world where those views were universally shared. we should be considered ONE RACE…the HUMAN RACE.

I may not be Trayvon Martin but I weep for him and his family. Shame on anyone who cannot see he was a promise, a hope….. a light….put out to early. He was not killed, he was murdered by someone “white enough" with a dark heart, the evil in Zimmerman abounds.


I also see they've abandoned the "white-hispanic." He's now "white enough."
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Being gay means that my life hasn’t always been easy, but I have learned that oppression in one area of my life doesn’t negate the privilege that comes with being born white.
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I am not Trayvon. I am a lower middle class non-binary fifteen year old. One night few months ago I put on a hoodie and was walking my dog in my neighborhood, which is not the best in Miami, when a police car stopped next to me. Initially I was terrified, because Miami police are infamous for their violence, but he simply commented on the weather and asked me what breed my dog was. After I told him, he told me to stay safe, and he drove off.

I have no doubt that if I had been a person of colour, or been too poor to afford such a large dog, I would have been stopped and searched. Or shot because he thought I had a weapon.

It disgusts me that I benefit from racism.


What does "non-binary" mean in this context?
post #4376 of 6250
I feel sorry for these people
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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post

I feel sorry for these people
You need to check your privilege.
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Originally Posted by lasbar View Post

All these stories are tragedies ..

Zimmerman got away with it ...Does it mean all white people are racist???

Some black thugs assaulted a disabled man who got killed afterwards . Does it make all black people racist ???

It is scary when seemingly reasonable and educated people start making such polarized statements escaping rational thinking.

Let's hope things will settle down and come back to a more mature approach to race relations.

What did Zimmerman get away with and what did what he get away with have to do with racism? And Zimmerman is not white, just FYI.

IMO, part of the racial divide problem is people willing, no gloriously desiring to, eat the pablum.
post #4379 of 6250
I don't see how you guys can stand watching the news along with these "news shows". I was watching the local news and they were showing the protests in Oakland - this black woman said to the effect, "When the verdict was read, I just fell down on my knees and CRIED! I then got on the phone and called my Trayvon to tell him to come home!"

As a teenager, I would have disowned my mother if she romanticized me as a dropout punk like this.
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Originally Posted by harvey_birdman View Post


What does "non-binary" mean in this context?

According to google, either an effeminate male or a masculine female. Learn something new every day.
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