I find it disgusting that over the past couple of days, many of the white people around my area have been focusing on why certain murder cases in which black people have murdered white people aren’t receiving the same sort of attention that the Trayvon Martin case has.
From a sociological perspective, I do understand why they are reacting in this way. There is still a lot of underlying racial tension within whites in my area and they certainly do not want to admit to it because of the resulting guilt. They don’t want to have to look at the Trayvon Martin case and be reminded that there is also terrible racism all around them, often times, even within themselves.
Instead of reacting with a stronger will to strive towards being part of a cohesive group of human beings despite the color of their skin, they are reacting in defensive and instead are identifying even more intensely with their own racial identification.
It is a tragedy when any innocent human being perishes, especially at the hands of hatred. This goes for the deaths of Trayvon Martin as well as the white people that have been murdered in the cases that are being pointed out in outrage today. However, if the people pointing this out really do want an answer to their question of why the Trayvon Martin case is receiving more attention than the murders of white people by black people it is because it is much more than a news story about a murder.
The murder of Trayvon Martin is more of a symbolic story. It is a story that encompasses the nature of the current state of hatred in this country including racism, ageism, and discrimination in general. But the key point here is that this case is not just about those factors being deeply rooted in the act of murder itself, but they are also rooted within the systems that are supposed to protect the citizens (ALL citizens) in this country from experiencing these atrocities. That is why the Trayvon Martin case is receiving more attention than the others, despite all of the murders being equally unjust.
I am not surprised that these types of reactions are happening, though. I expected them, and I even expected the outcome of the trial to turn out this way. However, within this massive web of negativity and hatred is also an enormous positive transformation in consciousness. Before the Trayvon Martin case, racism in the United States what generally not a typical household topic of conversation, especially in white households. It definitely wasn’t the center of national news. Even within something so terrible is a light of hope. Right now, we have millions, if not billions of people having a much higher level of awareness of the state of racism, discrimination, and hatred in the United States. And what is amazing is the fact that the next step in social change from social awareness, is the beginning of the change itself. We now have a chance to organize around and fundamentally change the extreme negative systems of oppression in this country.