The Futility of “Colorblindness”: Trayvon Martin–The “Post-Racial” Makeup of Government Leadership & Its Profound Irrelevance

[Update 7-15-13: After deliberating about 16 hours, and listening to the evidence in the approximately 14-business-day trial, a  jury determined that George Zimmerman was not guilty of both murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.]

In an article about the marches to respond to the events leading to and following the death of Trayvon Martin, a Washington Post article seems to express a disbelief that people are still affected by negative behavior because of their skin color even when the president is African American, the attorney general is Black, and the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division is Hispanic (a national origin, not a race).

I don’t think that the non-White racial identification of government leadership is relevant in a situation where a Black person is killed and the known shooter will likely not receive any arrest, trial, or penalty for it. In addition, as I mentioned in a previous post, the so-called post-racial era never existed. It is impossible where Whites are the preferred race and dominant population.

What happened to Mr. Martin is shocking to me–a surprise that such an event is still occurring in 2012.It suggests that for a Black person simply living his or her own life is at risk of being killed as a result of the anxieties or false beliefs of someone else.

Zimmerman was not arrested, and I am not sure whether a case can be made against him now. The Sanford, Fla., Police Department effectively closed the case until the recent news coverage reopened the case. While I hope that charges can be filed against Zimmerman, with the poor preliminary police work and evidence gathering, I am not sure if charges can be filed that will strong enough to succeed in court.


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