Social History - is what the title describes it to be.
You can’t hide from it.
You can’t change it.
We to a degree live it,
And perpetuate it (usually out of stubborn pride).
It simply is what it is.
Trayvon unfortunately is a victim of social history, perpetuated, therefore becoming a stereotype and a full fledged culture supposedly embraced (or born with as some may believe) by those for whom it fits.
As well all know we aren’t born with culture. It’s a lifestyle to be adopted. There’s no stipulation as to which culture you adopt, however there’s an expectation as to which one you do choose to “represent” your kind or unfortunately to meet a prevailing stereotype.
If we take into account the above, with culture being a personal choice, why do we assume whom one associated with (culture). Why do we judge by the look of another that they are to fit that socially constructed profile (or ideal)?
Why in 2012 do we impose upon our youth a socially constructed identity (usually on no good failure)?
Why are we quick to judge a group on the basis of one?
Why not judge one (as in the person), for who THEY are (upon understanding who they are first)?
The prevailing social history of racial integration and culture as left us with a social history whereby we assume one fits a particular mould based upon a stereotype or expectation, from history/ the past/ a friend / a stranger.
Unfortunately not them as an individual.
We are all to blame.
How often do we treat people on their own merits?
Have you ever avoided an hooded individual because they looked suspicious?
Have you never thought that, that group of teens laughing raucously were likely up to no good or just that bit intimidating?
Never suspected that Asian dude with the backpack on the bus or metro, sitting, tapping away at his phone was a terrorist.
Or followed that black woman around a hair shop just in case she sneaks a packet of weave in her handbag.
We seem to relish in the fact that people live up to their socially assigned stereotypes, rather than chastise them to do better.
Isn’t this truly what discrimination is?
What the hell does a hoodie represent?
What the hell does low riding jeans mean?
What do tattoos represent?
What does a mouth full of gold teeth denote?
Nothing. It simply represents noting, but a choice of prefered expression.
Isn’t it the person we need to judge (not that you have the right to with out facts)?
Trayvon and George are both victims of social history, for which we’re all responsible for.
Once we respect each other for who we are, would stereotypes be an issue? Would racism be an issue? Would men like George Zimmerman kill young men like Trayvon on the basis of social assumptions and expectations?
Now I know some will argue that there is more to the situation, than what I’ve highlighted above.
I don’t care. We’re entitled to our own opinions which are all valid and part ‘n’ parcel of what’s wrong with the world today.
No one opinion is stronger nor valid, as we’re all equal. An opinion is a view point, and usually reflective of that person (who they are and their mindset).
People of colour, please respect the opinions of your counterparts. If you do not agree with it you accept and move on (constructively).
An opinion is an opinion. It isnt the likely case that they will act upon it, but a reflection if that persons mindset to which you should look to understand.
We are to quick to disregard what our counterparts have to say because our socially constructed belief that they may not understand our history, our plight our woes.
I believe they do.
I believe that they feel guilty and will always feel so.
If they didn’t, would we be free and accepted to the extent we currently are?
Holding a grudge and dredging up the past only breeds resentment which is the motivation behind the slaying of Treyvon.
Resent men will lead to reaction If we don’t put the past to rest.
My forefathers died for me to be free. To live the life they couldn’t. To be accepted for who I am. To be seen as a woman and not a black woman (and not with the burdening connotation of such a title).
Please remember that before you utter the phrase “is it cause I’m black”?
It could simply be and (preferably so) “because it’s you”.