Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Shades Of Emmett Till

Trayvon Martin

Here is a recording of one of 8 calls to 911 by a witness to the shooting.

Here is George Zimmerman's call to the 911 dispatcher:

Interesting that the dispatcher's first question is whether he's black or Hispanic.

I think that with all of these Everyone-Their-Own-Marshall-Dillon gun laws, something like this was bound to happen.

Zimmerman, the town of Sanford, and the State of Florida will face years of criminal and civil litigation over this, and in the end they will all certainly not come out smelling like roses.

Post racial society anyone?

Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic has been following this case for awhile.


I wonder how many white parents tell their sons not to run in public, especially with something in their hands.


Read the comments thread from Fox News on this. Post racial society anyone? "Good shot Zimmy!"


Tristan Alexander said...

I know you can not realy tell anything just by looking at someone, but every picture of Trayvon shows a beautiful, sweet young man who I would find it hard to think evil of! This is a travesty and a crime and I realy hope something comes of this that somehow makes his senseless death worth something!

MarkBrunson said...

I was taught not to run with anything sharp (of course, my family's never wanted me to have access to sharp instruments), but that's about it.

I often wonder about these caveats that seem only to apply to minorities:

She shouldn't dress so provocatively.

He shouldn't have been in that neighborhood.

He/she shouldn't have made eye contact with him/her, because it might be mistaken as a come on.

JCF said...

Well-said, Mark.

Breathing while black, dressing while female, not-being-asexual while gay: all seem contested states of existence by the (respective) dominant classes.