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White People, You Will Never Look Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin

March 20, 2012 at 8:11 am by: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Intersectionality, White Privilege

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From Globalgrind.com:

I will never look suspicious to you. Even if I have a black hoodie, a pair of jeans and white sneakers on…in fact, that is what I wore yesterday…I still will never look suspicious. No matter how much the hoodie covers my face or how baggie my jeans are, I will never look out of place to you. I will never watch a taxi cab pass me by to pick someone else up. I will never witness someone clutch their purse tightly against their body as they walk by me. I won’t have to worry about a police car following me for two miles, so they can “run my plates.” I will never have to pay before I eat. And I certainly will never get “stopped and frisked.” I will never look suspicious to you, because of one thing and one thing only. The color of my skin. I am white.

I was born white. It was the card I was dealt. No choice in the matter. Just the card handed out by the dealer. I have lived my whole life privileged. Privileged to be born without a glass ceiling. Privileged to grow up in the richest country in the world. Privileged to never look suspicious. I have no guilt for the color of my skin or the privilege that I have. Remember, it was just the next card that came out of the deck. But, I have choices. I got choices on how I play the hand I was dealt. I got a lot of options. The ball is in my court.

So, today I decided to hit the ball. Making a choice. A choice to stand up for Trayvon Martin. 17 years old. black. innocent. murdered with a bag of skittles and a bottle of ice tea in his hands. “Suspicious.” that is what the guy who killed him said he looked like cause he had on a black hoodie, a pair of jeans and white sneakers. But, remember I had on that same outfit yesterday. And yes my Air Force Ones were “brand-new” clean. After all, I was raised in hip-hop…part of our dress code. I digress. Back to Trayvon and the gated community in Sanford, Florida, where he was visiting his father.

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KayWhitlock
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I signed it - and this morning, my local newspaper says the U.S. Justice Department is going to investigate.  There apparently is some community meeting happening in the town in Florida where Trayvon Martin was shot.

 

We'll see what transpires. 

trashablanca
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I signed it as well. I was out the other evening, rummaging in my truck, which I had parked outside my house on a side street. LA County Sheriffs saw me, stopped, and hit me with their spotlight. They asked me what I was doing and I told them I was looking for a book. I asked them if they wanted to see some ID, and they said, That's all right, You don't fit the profile of a car thief.

 

Yet Trayvon Wilson lay dead because a creepy scared white man thought he looked suspicious and decided to shoot him.

Domino14
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Signed it. 

This is beyond insane..