By Jueseppi B.
“Watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit,” the President said:
“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.”
“There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.”
“And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.”
This statement by The President hit home, and needs to be the focus of the move against many states that have a Stand Your Ground type law on the books:
“And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.”
Thank you Mr. President, for bringing racism out of the back room and into the forefront of discussion…..until the media has something more pressing to waste out time with.
The complete press conference can be found here….
President Obama discusses Trayvon Martin: The President surprised the White House Press Corps today with an appearance in the Briefing Room to talk about Trayvon Martin and the verdict in the trial following the teenager’s death.
Caucasian, some, not all but most, just don’t understand, or “get it.”
A humans life experiences impact and shape exactly how that American views America.
Let me be crystal clear for you, if you’re caucasian, and live in America, you’ve never been profiled by the color of your skin, You’ve never been driving in a car, nice/expensive or otherwise, with some of your friends in broad daylight, and been stopped, pulled over, by police.
Just because you and your buddies were Black. Thats called Driving While Black (DWB)
There is a movie named “The Five Heartbeats” where a scene shows the 5 singers traveling across the south from one singing engagement to the next, trying to make it in the music business working “The Chitlin Circuit” as it was called back in the day.
These 5 young men get pulled over by two obviously racist cops, and are made to get out of the car, sit on the curb while their car is searched, their suitcases opened and inspected. Finally to prove that they are indeed entertainers, they are told to “sing something for us.” The humiliation evident on their faces as they sadly sing their number 1 hit for these caucasian cops, it was an emotionally choking experience to anyone watching that scene.
Caucasians Americans do not experience that. Caucasians don’t know how it feels for a Black man to have a police cruiser pull up behind you and follow you for 5 blocks, while that cop is running your plates, because you are a Black man driving your car to Target to buy some milk & flour for your family.
More From The President:
“And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.”
“I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”
Thats all the Black America community expects from America, is just and equal treatment under the law. The same life experiences for the Black community as are expected as normal by the caucasian community.
Black men & women live in fear of contact with every day elements that treat us different from caucasian Americans. We fear that our kids taking a trip to the local 711 will end with our children spread on the ground dead, because of their skin color.
We have “The Talk” with our children to guarantee their daily safety.
For black parents, the new demarcation between before and after was the moment we watched George Zimmerman walk free after being tried in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old. Before the jury announced its not-guilty verdict, black parents understood what we were up against as we sought to protect our sons. We knew our boys, adored and full of promise, might be treated like criminals by police even though they had committed no crimes.
We were painfully reminded of this danger by the deaths of other people’s sons, like Sean Bell, who was shot and killed on the morning of his wedding in 2006 by New York City police who incorrectly thought there was a gun in his car; or Oscar Grant III, who was fatally shot in 2009 by a transit cop in Oakland, Calif., while restrained and facedown; or unarmed college student Kendrec McDade, who was killed in 2012 when San Francisco police saw him clutching his waistband and assumed he had a firearm. To gird against the danger that could result from our boys’ being profiled, we gave our sons the Talk.
At kitchen tables, during drives to school and in parting words as we sent them off to college, we shared a version of the same lessons given to young black men for generations: “If you are stopped by a cop, do what he says, even if he’s harassing you, even if you didn’t do anything wrong. Let him arrest you, memorize his badge number, and call me as soon as you get to the precinct. Keep your hands where he can see them. Do not reach for your wallet. Do not grab your phone. Do not raise your voice. Do not talk back. Do you understand me?” Parents in communities besieged by gun violence might add a coda, admonishing their sons to come home right after school, close the blinds, stay inside.
These warnings weren’t always heeded, and sometimes they weren’t enough. But they allowed parents to feel that we gave our children a measure of protection against a threat we could identify. When confronted by violent gangs or overzealous law enforcement, we knew these rules of engagement might help keep our sons safe. But in George Zimmerman we saw a new danger, one that seemed utterly lawless.
The death of Trayvon Martin, the murder trial verdict of not guilty in The George Zimmerman 2nd degree murder trial and The President’s press conference on Friday evening, the 19th of July, 2013, have all formed a perfect storm of racial comprehension for most Americans.
The time is upon us to have a national conversation among those Americans who “get it”, about Racism In America. “Getting it” is just understanding the difference of being caucasian in America and being Black in America.
Nobody in America in 2013 has it easy unless you are wealthy.
Black life experiences differ from caucasians experiences, in America and across the globe. People are just different, and understanding the walk in someone one else’s shoes is fundamental in understanding what it means to be that person.
You may not understand the anger and hurt felt by Americans of all skin colors from this verdict of not guilty in The George Zimmerman 2nd degree murder trial. You may not comprehend the protest nationwide to voice that anger & hurt.
Thats alright. But never think you can tell us to “get over it.”
That ain’t happening.
Sadly….It’s A Black Thing, And You Just Don’t Understand. Sadly.
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