The truth is I haven't really written about the killing of Trayvon Martin. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that everyone else has. What can I write that hasn't been written. In general, I tend to stay away from the biggest news of the day and try to bring you stuff you might not see elsewhere.
The second reason is troubling even to me. There is something weird about all the white folks jumping on the bandwagon, so to speak, right now. Where has everyone been before NOW? Trayvon is hardly the first young African American male gunned down for being black. Usually, if anything at all, there is a small protest by African Americans. Sometimes the shooting gets more publicity and some white activists join in. This time it is like all these white folks decided here was an "easy" way to show that they aren't racist and don't have a prejudiced bone in their body. Easy, because everyone else is doing it. Easy, because nobody is going to get busted or attacked by cops at all these peaceful, handholding rallies. Easy, because none of these concerned whites have to give up any of the privileges their white skin gives them by going out and standing around for a while hearing some speeches...and then going back home to life as normal.
Anyway, there aren't ALL THAT MANY white folks out there anyway.
So damn, what is even easier to just be a white pundit sitting in front of a computer and typing out a few words about the shame of it all.
Better yet, you can be a white person reading the white pundit's punditry and tell a friend about it.
I realize this attitude of mine seems harsh and maybe it is all wrong. Maybe one day everyone woke up and said, "Hey, I need to get off my white ass and get out there and make a statement." Maybe?
Well, I am just another white guy, but the two posts below come from African American males who didn't just show up for the parade.
The first article below is from ColorLines. The second is from the Black Commentator.