Huff Post: A Message to Trayvon Martin Sympathizers

(Community Matters) Friends are posting this Romany Malco column from the HuffPost. It reminds me of a David Brooks piece – provocative and sorta silly logic but stated so eloquently it’s hard not to just go with it.

“The only reason people are even aware of Trayvon Martin is because it became a topic within mainstream news and pop culture” . . . well, ah, duh . . . but that doesn’t impact the facts or context of the case. And, absolutely, there are hundreds if not thousands of other cases similarly deserving, if not more, of attention and indignation but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t examine and investigate this case. Reminds me of the star fish story I learned in Leadership Austin.

As for the President’s comments – I hope anyone who has an opinion on this has read or watched his comments – there’s enough to piss off either side. Though, I’m pretty sure they were intended to remind each side of perspective, of context. I’ve included here

Saturday night, Steven and I hosted a dinner for two seminarians from Virginia Theological Seminary (not a liberal establishment). There was a diversity of guests around the table – age, wealth & ethnicity. The conversation around Trayvon was solemn. The African American men at our table and the mother and sister of African American men shared similar stories of profiling – similar to those shared by our President of being followed in department stores, feared by women in elevators, passengers clicking their car door locks as they pass, and the mom fearful for the life of her son around law enforcement – btw, her son is a capitol police officer in DC. I mean this as respectfully as i can say it – white people should not declare that we’re living in a post-race society. It’s something we ought to wait to hear from those who’ve experienced cumulative discrimination.

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