Here we go again, a black man saying he was discriminated against because of profiling when he experienced something most of us do. http://news.yahoo.com/-obama–trayvon-martin-%E2%80%98could-have-been-me-35-years-ago%E2%80%99–180734663.html
Barack Obama, obviously appalled as anyone should be about the Treyvon Martin shooting, had this to say in response to the verdict “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son,” and “Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
Okay BO, it could have been me too. I was a 6’2″ white american male full of bravado, and that tends to intimidate people. Enough to get my white american male ass shot off if I were to start shooting my mouth off at the wrong people. Really, It could have been anyone, and it would be just as screwed up.
BO went on to say “There are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me—at least before I was a senator, …There are very few African-Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.”
Again, this has happened to me, a large white American male, often. I’ve also been stopped by the TSA and searched a couple of times, and I don’t fly much. This isn’t a black thing, and I don’t think people go “OMG a darkie – hide yo purse.” I think lots of things set off people’s security bells – from clown phobias to cop phobias and a zillion things in between. It’s a natural reaction any time someone feels vulnerable, you just have to appear to be physically able to be perceived as a threat. People do not trust strangers. I am not saying racial profiling does not happen – it most certainly does. It’s just not always about race and it’s racist (racial profiling) to assume that it is.
BO goes further and says: “I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better.”
Damn straight they are. But what the fuck is he doing now? The verdict had nothing to do with racism. Perhaps the incident did, there is no evidence of that. But playing the weakest of race cards when speaking about an already racial-charged situation is helping our nation how? We’ve got violent protests going on, and our president thinks this is a great time to talk about his perception of racial profiling and how he thinks it has impacted this situation. Really productive.
Racism and profiling happen. If the president thinks it’s so damn awful, why isn’t he grabbing the TSA by the shorthairs over it? Why does he instead add fuel to a volatile situation with thoughtless blathering with no apparent positive outcome? Is he okay with Treyvon calling Zimmerman a “creepy kracker”? Racism cuts a thousand ways.
Racism won’t be gone until we all can accept people we meet based on our interaction with them and not some preconceived notion of what they are doing and why, and until we can laugh at our differences together as friends, because that’s what friends do. To assume any part of this is racially motivated without proof is racist. You don’t trust whitey. A broken clock is right twice a day; racism may be a factor in this, but it’s WRONG to assume you are right. That’s racism. That’s profiling. That’s hypocritical. So Mr President, shut the fuck up if you can’t be more helpful than that. I expect better from the President of the United States.