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In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s horrific murder, there has been a palpable outrage similar to the electric emotions that were generated by the state-sanctioned slaying of Troy Davis.

Though the two cases are polar opposites in certain aspects, one commonality weaves through both narratives that illuminate the underlying racist structure of this country. By the very virtue of their differences and the vast disparities in the situations, what becomes resoundingly clear is that it doesn’t matter if they’re criminals; it doesn’t matter if they’re young or old, carrying a gun or carrying a pack of Skittles.

Our boys and men are guilty on sight because they are Black.

Unfortunately, as the Sanford Police Department, spearheaded by Chief Bill Lee, continues to make excuses for murderer George Zimmerman, the chorus has taken an ugly turn that needs to be addressed.

Why are self-righteous Black folks using this opportunity to shift the blame to the issues plaguing the African-American community?

For every post of support for Trayvon, there are two that read:

“Well, I’m tired of us killing each other!”

“I don’t know why y’all worried about what the white man is doing, you need to be worrying about what’s going on every day in the hood!”

And I completely agree, but the problem with that train of thought is simple: Shifting blame to crimes that have been committed brother against brother, sister against sister, in a time when we need to come together to foster a sense of solidarity is counter-productive and broadcasts the disconnect that fractures our community to the world. It screams that we don’t care about racism; we don’t care about gun toting white bastards with superiority complexes menacing young Black boys and girls. Shifting the blame away from the racism and focusing the microscope squarely on the evil that is perpetuated in our own communities does nothing but allow racist, violent criminals like George Zimmerman to get away with murder – literally – and allows the Sanford Police Department to be accessory to murder after the fact with no discernible consequences.

Yes, we need to stop killing our own; we needed to stop killing our own long before Trayvon’s death and will need to stop killing our own long after. Where was the outcry, the mobilization efforts to curtail violence in urban slums across the United States the day before Trayvon was murdered?

I’ll wait.

I’m the first to say that we need to hold ourselves responsible for the state of Black America. By default, we are often our own worst enemy. That does not mitigate the fact that the root of the state of Black America is not of our own making.  Pay close attention. I didn’t say the branches of poverty, the un-nurtured flowers of children living in broken homes, nor the weeds of crime.

I said the root.

Racism, classism, bigotry, psychological and physical slavery, still holds power over our communities.  Should that fact be minimized because we have picked up the mantle and turned against ourselves? Does one evil outweigh the other?  Should we ignore the fact that we can do everything “right” by society’s rules and still be moving targets?

We can stress education, we can move to a predominantly white gated community, but our children can still be lynched while walking to the convenience store. That is the tragedy of Travyon Martin.

More importantly, isn’t there a time for a level of basic respect? Do you think Trayvon’s family is walking around saying, “Yeah, a White man killed our son, but Black men kill each other every day, so what?”

(Sidenote: I couldn’t care less that his mother is Hispanic, he was White until he gunned down a Black child in cold-blood. Now the mainstream media wants to shift this scum-bag to the Hispanic community, which in all actuality doesn’t prevent Zimmerman from being white; people can be both white and Hispanic. As most know, Hispanic is not a race, but nice try media, now tell it to someone stupid.)

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  1. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote “Why We Can’t Wait,” to answer critics who told him he was pushing too hard. That he should tackle one problem at a time. I feel much like him. The truth is George Zimmerman and his ilk are not our problem. We are. 94% of blacks who were murdered in this country were killed by another black person. The number of black male youth killed by firearms since 1979 is TEN TIMES as the number of all black, women, and children who died by lyching. If whites were as evil as the race hustlers want you to think they are we’d all be dead. No matter what they say, the “white man” is not our biggest problem. We are our biggest enemy. The self-hate that makes our lives less valuable to each other spills over to the wider world. And until we realize that our problem is self-loathing the racism that comes from it won’t dissipate. Until we love ourselves how dare we expect others to love us?

  2. MalcolmR

    Bunk! How can you write this stuff with a straight face?

  3. Hobbes

    In response to Wednesday Mar 21, 2012 – by Kirsten West Savali

    You don’t know any real facts because you weren’t there.

    Your son’s aren’t guilty or targeted because they are black. You and others like you have a chip on your shoulder you can’t let go. I suppose also you don’t know how to control your sons.

    George Zimmerman looks Hispanic to me. But now blacks and the liberal media have labeled him a white-hispanic or a white-mexican.

    I think it’s time to declare a nation wide curfew for teens under the age of 18. They should be home, period, unless their going back and forth from school, work, or sports. That’s it, no exceptions. If your caught out after 9 or 10 pm they should be arrested and escorted home, and the the parents fined or jailed.

    I think it’s time for you to cool your diatribes and rhetoric and reign in your so-called “black leaders”. Any gains you made with reasoning, moderate white people your losing.

  4. Elisabeth

    what about bleaching. Doesn’t that degrade the value of being black ?

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