Racism in Our Gente
Is it just me, or do you too hold your breath when something horrible, scandalous happens because you’re hoping: “Don’t let him (or her) be Latin!”
Drunk driving deaths, notorious mistresses, mass shootings, suddenly popular reality TV stars.
“Que no sea Latino,’’ I think.
I thought perhaps we had slid past one more bad one when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Of course, he — like me — has an Anglo name and it wasn’t until his family released a statement saying Zimmerman is Latino that that angle came out.
The statement said that because Zimmerman is a minority, he would not have been motivated by racism to shoot.
That one kind of threw me. And apparently, it also threw many others who are questioning that angle in news reports and in social media.
Here is a column by Chantilly Patiño on Fox News Latino asking the question: So, because Zimmerman is Latino he cannot be accused of being
And this round-up of take-aways about the shooting over at Latino Rebels. The last being:
“And yes, America, racism is a part of all this. Wake up. Stop “defending” and “overthinking” and start realizing that unless we don’t start looking as to WHY George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin to death, we will never heal or unite as a country.”
It all leads me to want to discuss racism in our community, but really, I don’t. It makes me ill and angry.
I have no idea what George Zimmerman’s motivation was, what was in his heart. It isn’t up to me to judge that. A panel of his peers likely will.
But, we all know that racism — no matter how rainbow-colored our family and friends are — inhabits our community and our culture…both the one we live in, and the one we came from.
The question is, how do we heal it so that innocent young children grow up healthy and happy and safe?