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On Opinion: Stereotypes rob blacks of identity


tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

Did you ever think they were living down to the expectations that we have put on them? And lets remember that Pitts is a successful writer who has experienced this stereotype. He is an intelligent, moral man, so he overcame it, but some people will say "Hey, if I'm going to be treated like a criminal, I might as well be one." Also, for all the gangbangers living in the inner city, there are even more people just trying to make a living, raise a family, and live a life. But these people don't make the news, so those of you who do not live beyond your doors and computers, think all inner city blacks are bad people, when in reality, most people in the inner city are good people, just without the resources to fight the gangs. Oh, and Trayvon probably smoked some pot? How many white kids have smoked pot? Does that make them all thugs?

Mike Ford 4 years, 9 months ago

listen to the supporters of stereotyping talk this morning.

jonas_opines 4 years, 9 months ago

It is amazing how one case can produce so many different and opposing flawed narratives.

rtwngr 4 years, 9 months ago

Leonard Pitts, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Charles Rangel all would have the public believe that Trayvon Martin was followed by George Zimmerman and then shot to death. There is nothing inaccurate in that narrative. It is the truth. The problem is it is not the whole story. All of which we will never know. Is it possible that in the four minutes that George Zimmerman had lost sight of Trayvon Martin, Martin was observing him and deciding if he could handle him in a fight one on one? There was a confrontation and an altercation ensued. George Zimmerman came away with a broken nose and lacerations to the back of his head giving credence to his account that Martin had hit him, knocked him down, got on top of him and continued to beat him. Sadly we will never know the truth. What would be the outcry if Martin had beat Zimmerman into a coma or death? Would the race baiters be celebrating how this young man, who was stereotyped, defended himself by beating a man until he was dead? The problem is that it is easier to sell division and hatred. All of the people I mentioned at the beginning of this comment make a living off of racial divide.

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

It's possible.

It's also possible that he was trying to evade him - after all, he was a strange person following Martin at night, and not a law enforcement officer.

Zimmerman should have followed the guidelines given to him by the police officer who worked with his neighborhood group, who told him that watch volunteers shouldn't follow or confront people. Then this wouldn't have happened.

rtwngr 4 years, 9 months ago

Jafs, I have no argument with the glaring facts that Zimmerman is stupid. No he should not have followed Martin. No he should not have emerged from his vehicle and confronted Martin. If he had not done these things, Martin would be alive today. Absolutely. The only point I am trying to make is that it is possible Martin made some bad choices too. That's it. The problem I have is that I heard Al Sharpton say that Trayvon Martin was stalked and killed. Although it might be "semantically" accurate, it isn't really an accurate description of what happened simply because Al Sharpton wasn't there and he doesn't know himself. People listen to him though and that makes it a dangerous narrative to perpetuate.

HootyWho 4 years, 9 months ago

Zimmerman started a chain of events that lead to the death of a young man, and it shouldn't have happened. everybody needs to remember Trayvon and hope it doesn't happen to their child, my son (who is black) lives in Lenexa, couple of years ago, he was stopped for having a burnt out headlight, he was pulled out of his car and patted down, he was in his work clothes, so obviously coming home from work. I got stopped many years ago for the same thing, and i wasn't pulled out of my car and guess what? i'm white

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