Yesterday marked a month since Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Till this day, Zimmerman is a free man, while Trayvon's parents and millions of others are calling for justice. If you take a look around the internet this week, you'll also notice the smear campaign that is being directed towards Trayvon as well. Sealed school documents have been released in reference to his suspension from school. His tweets and Facebook page has been scoured and put under scrutiny. He's been labeled a "thug" and "drug dealer" in certain news articles and the comment sections of most pieces written about him are vitriolic to say the least.
Also this week, we've learned that not only are racists, umm...racist, but they also lack reading comprehension. This past week, "Hunger Games" topped the weekend box office and is expected to break records this weekend as well. Unfortunately, it has also unmasked more racism that exists in our society. As most people know, two of the main characters in "Hunger Games" are Rue and Thresh. Clearly noted on page 45 of the book Suzanne Collin's describes Rue as, "…a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that's she's very like Prim in size and demeanor…" and goes on to describe Thresh as, ".... has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there. He's one of the giants, probably six and half feet tall and built like an ox". Yesterday, Jezebel posted a series of tweets from upset racist fans of the movie. Apparently these upset racist fans lack comprehension skills, or didn't bother to even read the book because plenty of them were disappointed in finding out several main characters were black.
Way to go post-racial America!
Let me be blunt in saying this, but America isn't looking very good right now.
These past few weeks, living in present-racial America has reiterated the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Two years ago I saw Mario Van Peebles' documentary, "Fair Game". I remember a woman in the documentary stating, "I'm not a racist. I'm just tired of hearing the black people complain. Obama's election proves it. It's a fair game."
If present-racial America had it's own slogan, it would be "I"m Not Racist". It would be on bumper stickers, right next to the Confederate Flag. People would wear t-shirts with it stated across the front while typing racist comments on news articles, all the while forgetting that they're posting on a comment system utilizing their Facebook pages with their names exposed (they're racists, not smart).
In present-racial America, we still march for justice in senseless murders. In present-racial America, you have sites like Stopwatch.org and members of it sending me hate mail practically on a daily basis because of my Trayvon Martin post, even though they're happy that Zimmerman, isn't white (in their books) but a Jew.
In present-racial America, it matters to dumb people that the main characters in a "fictional" movie like "Hunger Games" are black. You have to wonder, if they actually know black people in real life.
In present-racial America, my 11 year old nephew gets bullied because of his dark skin and has to defend himself after school in fights because of it.
In present-racial America, you have idiots like Geraldo Rivera insinuating that a hoodie is what killed Trayvon.
In present-racial America, there are birthers and people still demanding Obama's birth certificate and the "re-nig" bumper sticker.
In present-racial America, post racial is just a pipe dream.
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