No, we are NOT Trayvonon July 22, 2013 @ 5:29 am (Updated: 10:15 am - 7/22/13 )
From the rallies you would hear the leader start, "I am;" the crowd repeats, "I am" ... "Trayvon Martin;" crowd repeats, "Trayvon Martin."
These were multi-racial rallies trying to make the point that what happened in Sanford that night affects us all, regardless of race.
But now there's a website called WeAreNotTrayvonMartin.com where mostly white people are pointing out they really can't claim to feel threatened because being white means you are and likely always will be treated differently - the point the president was making Friday.
Here's a sample post:
"I am NOT Trayvon Martin... When people hear the way that I speak, they tend to quickly assume that I am intelligent, educated, good, and deserving of respect. When I wear a hoodie I feel invisible. When I walk out of a store and the shoplifting detectors beep loudly, I am told, "go ahead those just don't work right" (by the way I shoplift all the time)... I am afraid and ashamed to admit that I don't always know how to relate to people who act or look different than I do. I have always seen myself as the default race that all others are compared to. I am NOT Trayvon Martin and that benefits me every day..."
"I am a 21-year-old Jewish white woman ... I just graduated from a top-tier liberal arts college with $0 of debt since my parents were able to pay in full. I have carried large amounts of ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, and speed through the New York City Subway, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Never once have I been stopped and searched, including once when a police dog barked at me.
"Occasionally I complain about the prejudices I experience as a woman and a Jew. However, no one has ever judged me on the basis of my skin color. Never have I been suspected of stealing, ferrying drugs for others or doing drugs myself. Yet I have done all of these things, and gotten away with it."
The point of this website seems to be, that making progress on race in America isn't a matter of white people trying to imagine what it's like to be black, but instead to understand and accept that they can't... because they're not.
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