TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore
Dave Ross
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The point of WeAreTrayvonMartin.com seems to be that white people can understand and accept that they can't know what it would be like Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

No, we are NOT Trayvon

Over the weekend there were about 100 rallies around the country protesting the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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..."

Here's another:

"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.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
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