I do not think you can find one person that will say there is no racism in America. Because there is, and really, there is not much you can do to change that. But in certain cases racism is used as an excuse to fuel outrage across the country, and it works. I have been following the Martin case from the beginning. The incident had occurred on February 26th. One month later, march 26th, in Chicago, 40 people were hurt and 10 were killed in shootings across the city, and one of the people killed, was a 6 year old girl. Where is the national out cry for these people? My concern, is when you Jesse Jackson down in Florida demanding justice because Martin is killed under some sketchy circumstances, and the Black Panther party puts a bounty out for the capture of Zimmerman, yet in Chicago a killing spree happens and a little girl is killed and it is disregarded. I cant say that the shootings in Chicago were under any suspicious racial pretexts, and I cant say that for Zimmermans case either. Chicago Shootings.
That example may not justify as to where im leaning. The major argument, or rather concern, is how racism is viewed. For instance, Martin was killed, under some strange circumstances, absolutely. But everyone jumped up and said Zimmerman was racist and thats why he killed Martin. What isnt said is that in this gated community there was 8 burgalries, 9 thefts and 1 shooting in the last year. Link to rushed judgement and mentioned stats.. To illustrate the opposite side of racism, just last week April 9th, a Black man gunned down a Hispanic man in Arizona. My point, the circumstances are the exact same, self-defense was said to be used, yet there is no public outcry for this man killed.
(These videos are a dime a dozen on youtube, another problem for a different topic how these crimes are caught on tape)All in all, race is a 2 way street. The time we are in now, and our generation specifically, has a lot at stake in how we deal with these problems in our future when we control the justice system. Do we simply respond to public out cry and punish those that the public wants to punish, or do we fairly distribute justice across every facet. This isnt to suggest that we have the power to eliminate racism, but we certainly have a great influence on the matter and how it is perceived and dealt with in the justice system.