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Filmmaker, Creator/Host/Writer/Director of AcronymTV, and friend Dennis Trainor released the following video on the Trayvon Martin case. He views it through the lens of a reality very few are able to process.

Trainor is the Writer/Director of the feature length documentary on the Occupy Movement, American Autumn: an Occudoc. As such he is well aware of the racial and socio economic dynamics at play in this one case among many.

Early in the video Trainor makes a statement that should remove what many would want to characterize as some sort of misplaced guilt or ‘rose colored’ vision of country.

High on the list on what killed Trayvon and what allowed his murderer to go free is the white privilege system of racism and oppression that this country was built upon and executes, pun intended, with full force in a slightly more nuance form today.

Before we go any further, I am aware that I am white and in many ways benefit from these systems of oppression that I am condemning. However I am not, to preempt the comments that will take up space on this topic, suffering for what you call white guilt. I see the world as it is. It is not an opinion.

The video has a very deep massage that many will resist and some will outright reject. After-all, are things not much better than before?

Why does the killing of one innocent young black teenage boy by a Hispanic White man become a cause célèbre when many young black teenagers are murdered by other black teenagers daily? The answer is simple, a broken social construct. Criminality is not sanctioned by the state. The Trayvon Martin verdict sanctions George Zimmerman’s behavior.  Innocent black teenagers may have the option to move out of areas where criminality exists. They cannot move out of a society that sanctions their hue as a hazard to their own life.



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  •  The video summarizes the issues very well (1+ / 0-)
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    worldlotus

    BTW IMO Zimmerman may be Hispanic but I don't think he is comfortable with that designation. Some Hispanics run away from being called that or Latino.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:09:19 PM PDT

  •  Another white guy ranting on how he sees the (1+ / 0-)
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    a2nite

    real truth.  Truth is EVERY white person is a racist. No?  What white person in the Zimmerman trial wasn't racist? The prosecutors for not giving it their all?  The defense attorney's for beating up Rachel Jeante? The Judge for letting them?  The jurors?  Enough said.  So when some guy rants on the inter-tubes basically saying some of my best friends are blacks. Reminds me of the white protesters in the 60's that would march and raise their fist saying black power then go back to their all white dorms and say how down they are with their Brothers and sing Dylan songs.  What makes him think he can speak for black people.  Arrogance and the white privilege he admits to having to give him cred but secretly thinks he doesn't

    Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    by thestructureguy on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 07:11:36 PM PDT

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