This evening I watched Wolf Blitzer, filling on the Anderson Cooper 360 show, interview two Black professionals about the Trayvon Martin case. The professional were Dr. Boyce Watkins and Vanderbilt law professor Carol Swain.
Professor Swain feels that when a Black male wears a hoodie, it draws unnecessary attention to them. Her philosophy seems to be that Black males should attempt to “fit in” in an effort to be accepted. She also does not feel that race is a factor. It almost sounded as though she was saying that is was Trayvon Martin’s fault for being killed – because of what he was wearing. REALLY?
She also does not support boycotting as she believes it is an outdated solution to this particular situation or problem.
Dr. Boyce seems to believe that this case is all about race. To paraphrase, if George Zimmerman had not profiled Trayvon Martin because he was Black, wearing a hoodie, and walking on the street at night – then there never would have been a situation like his death. Boyce believes it is absolutely necessary to boycott the entire city of Sanford, Florida, where this incident took place.
Is this a race issue, or should we let go of the notion of it being about race?
Is this just another way to drudge up old wounds from this country’s past?
What is your opinion about what is really going on here?
Is the Trayvon Martin case about race – or – should we let that go?
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