Ask the White Guy: Why Is Trayvon a White-on-Black Crime?

A reader asks why this tragedy is considered racial injustice. DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti responds.

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Reader comment:
Very, very tragic situation. They should have arrested Zimmerman. I can understand the outrage. I don’t understand the perception that this is a white on Black crime.

* UPDATE: Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder on April 11,2012.

Thank you for sensitively expressing your desire for understanding. Asking is the first step toward gaining clarity. Asking with care builds bridges.

This is absolutely about white on Black. Please read my original column about Trayvon Martin to see my full explanation on “Stand Your Ground” laws.

Not understanding about this not being a white-on-Black crime is related to white privilege. White people can look at Trayvon’s murder as a horrible incident in isolation. We white people do not have to live under the context of a pattern of injustice—we cannot see the forest; we just see the trees. Most white people have no awareness of white privilege, and even if they do, it’s impossible to truly understand it from the perspective of being an outsider.

There’s a mechanical/legal reason for not arresting Zimmerman, but it is part of a pattern: The (white) police chief didn’t arrest Zimmerman because the police chief and the prosecutor don’t do things that ruin their arrest/prosecution percentages. Every state that passed the “Stand Your Ground law” has the same problem—judges can dismiss the case before the trial begins under the concept of “true immunity” based on a “Stand Your Ground” assertion.

The legal situation before the National Rifle Association started advocating the “Stand Your Ground” law and got it passed in 21 states was that an armed person was expected to back down from a confrontation. The combination of “Shall Issue” with “Stand Your Ground” equates to legalized lynching because there are too many guys like Zimmerman packing pistols.

Zimmerman gets to be the current poster boy for the widespread and historical practice of a white police force of a southern small town not arresting the murderer of a Black person. It’s a reminder that non-majority people STILL live in a United States where the powers that be in stinky little towns can put their heel on the head of anyone they wish. The cliché is that little southern town in Lowndes County, but I sure wouldn’t want to have to live in Arizona if I were Latino—and the south is not alone; just try Driving While Black in Clark, N.J.

The facts and figures are unarguable: Non-white people are food for the prison-industrial complex. The laws and law enforcement are geared up for a disparate and often capricious application of the law. We’ve gotten better as a nation, but the end results tell the tale: We imprison almost eight times the per-capita average of the rest of the world (yet Zimmerman walks free!) Almost 60 percent of prisoners are Black and Latino. The War on Drugs started in 1970—what kind of war would we still be fighting 42 years later if we weren’t winning? It all depends on how you define winning. Drugs are more available and are CHEAPER than they were in 1970, but the prison industry is a howling success! Who are we REALLY having a war on? Our Black and Latino neighbors, that’s who. Nobody but a sadist would describe anything about “Stand Your Ground” or the War on Drugs as “winning.”

If I were the police chief, I’d have arrested the murderer just to know that I did the right thing. If the prosecutor didn’t want to advance the case because he/she was afraid to hurt their conviction percentage, that’s on his/her hands. If the judge wanted to dismiss it because of “Stand Your Ground,” that’s on his/her hands. But if you just don’t care about a young Black man in a hoodie (or if you’re a coward/bully/moral cypher with a badge and a gun), then you do what’s politically expedient.

What makes Trayvon so powerful is his absolute innocence and that he was a very handsome young man. With no due respect for Sen. Santorum, what “makes me want to throw up” is that the less beautiful and less innocent around us get ground to bits without anyone hearing a sound or seeing a picture or knowing their names—in gigantic numbers. The patterns are what make this a white-on-Black crime.

I don’t want to close on a totally negative note. My sense is that we will see justice for Trayvon and that it may lead to a greater justice in repealing “Stand Your Ground” in less recalcitrant states. We also now know the power of social media—we don’t need to wait for a white reporter at The Sanford Herald to point a finger at his/her white neighbor. We can take communications in our own hands and Stand OUR Ground. Good—but it won’t let Trayvon grow up to be a man.

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    • Luke Visconti

      Not really the point – and Latino is not a race. Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

      • Chickiedee123

        Thank you Luke! I have been trying to tell my Dominican room mate that technically, he is not Spanish. He just speaks it. Just like I am not English because I speak it. I try to make him understand the difference between Race, Nationality and culture by pointing out Asians. That is a race but Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese are all nationalities. We both watch tennis and there is a Black player who was born in France. The commentators always refer to him as the “Frenchman”. My roommate says, he’s not French, he’s Black. So I say to him “if I was born in China and raised in China and only spoke Chinese then would I be considered Chinese? He said I would still be Black. I said “African American”? He said Yes… I give up….

        • The problem with your roommate is that America has exported racism for so long, others buy into it. In the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, etc., nobody wants to be identified as black. Spanish is white, and therefore better, and they don’t care what you say. They refuse to be grouped in with black, although Africa is a very real part of their ethnicity.

          • Very well said, and the reasons is that colonialism has bred a profound hate for the African that even person that has some trace of African ethnicity denies their linage. And along with that hate comes the stereotyping of the African personage and unfortunately Trayvon was a victim of the stereotyping of the African male.

          • Federico Forlano

            Carla, my roommate in 1989 in college was from the Dominican Republic. I walked in one day while he was ranting about African Americans (not in a nice way). I asked him why he would do such a thing as he was obviously of African heritage. He became even more enraged and said “I’m not black, I’m DOMINICAN”. It’s a memorable moment to me.

          • on point! I deal with this everyday and it amazes me how much people don’t know about their own ethnic background. lol

        • Many Latinos of African descent try to deny it. They use all sorts of terms to describe themselves as not black. In some places it is taken as an insult.

          In Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, blanco (white) is considered better. When you look at the people in control they tend to be blancos (whites) or “almost” white.

          • Yes, C Martinez, I noticed this with my in laws (Mexico) and was confused at first. My mother in law told me with pride that her grandson (my nephew) was so blanco y hermoso (white/light tone and handsome) soon after he was born. I agreed that my baby nephew was cute. However, I did not understand the significance of why being blanco was so important to her. My husband explained that his mother being very dark brown with native features grew up constantly teased for being so dark although her family was semi affluent. In some parts of Mexico, being blanco presumes that one is from an affluent family. My U.S. born friends are continually amazed when I put on telenovelas (Mexican soap operas) as the majority of the cast have lighter skin tones with green, blue, or hazel eyes. Apparently, there is preferential treatment in hiring as blancos are a minority there.

        • I get you, Chickadee. I’ve tried so many time to explain that very thing. It is almost futile. But I keep on trying & I hope you do too.

      • Zimmerman is Mestizo. Mestizo is a race. It is the “Cosmic Race”. Read the writings of José Vasconcelos on this if you don’t believe me. Vasconcelos is the intellectual and philosophical founder of La RAZA.

        • Luke Visconti

          If he describes himself as Mestizo, you are absolutely right about Mestizo being considered a race. Thank you for the clarity. Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

        • Guest,

          You must be an Anglo (non Latino white). You are confused. The way that raza is used by La Raza organization, or meant by Dia de la Raza is meant as all Latinos/Hispanics regardless of race.

          Raza is also used the same as in English as when you say “la raza blanca” the white race or “la raza negra” the black race.

      • One MIXED RACE guy did something awful and not its all about how white people are so bad! Freakin stupid, my heart goes out for trayvon and his family becase this guy was a racist. Just because he is doesn’t mean all white people are or all hispanics are. Every person is different and I wish people would realize that. Color doesn’t define who you are. This really isn’t against your artcle it’s mostly about people I have seen talking about the “bad white people.”

        As much as people talk about equality it will never happen as long as we have people of ANY COLOR who are racist towards other people.

        • We will not have equal opportunity or a level playing field in our Nation as long as Anglos (non Latino whites) benefit from the results of the pervasive and all encompassing racism that permeates it and holds back all non Anglos.

        • Ashley, I agree with your prospective. Each person is an individual, with their own individual belief system.

        • Intelligent Black Child

          I disagree a bit with your perpspective. Racism is an institution. It is one that black people did not create nor can we participate in it. So, I am saying that to say– We can’t be racist. We have the abliity not to like others, but we can’t effect them. Therefore, we are not racist. I will offer some further explanation. Whites can control the educational system, the jobs system, the legal system, etc. Black people cannot. Sure, we work in those areas, but we seldom have the ability to effect (influence many) large, global change in these regards. So, this is not just a white guy who committed a very heinous crime, but just as often as a white woman sees a black youth coming and they clutch their purse, so was this and is the thought about Trayvon and the like. The thoughts that are shared by many white people.

          • The basic definition of racism is a view and position that is based on precieved differences of race. You are changing that definition to something illogical. I have no power to change or influence people. But I am white. By your definition I cannot be racist.

            By your definition my black boss can be racist because he could change my life because of a prejudice view (my boss is great and not racist).

            I think one misconception you have is that white people are one giant community. We are not. Those in power do not care about me. They only care about themselves. Yes there is institutional racism, but there is also institutional elitism.

            My point is that in this world people will hurt and destroy you no matter what race they are and what race you are. Your race does give people another excuse to hurt you, but do not pretend they will not find some other excuse to disregard me if I present an obstacle to them.

            For example, I was raised in a trailor park where we often did not have running water. I have gotten excellent grades and I am in college, but I have to work two jobs just to be in school. Where are the white powers at to give me a free pass? The truth is they do not care about me or make my life easier.

          • Luke Visconti

            Your boss can be bigoted, but in this country he could not be racist. It’s a semantic definition in the long run, however, and not meaningful if you’re actually being discriminated against.

            I understand white people are not one giant community—it’s why I don’t capitalize white, but do capitalize Black. One hundred years ago, there were hundreds of racial definitions in this country and southern Italians, Jews, Hungarians and many others were NOT considered white. A chief target of the KKK was Catholics (especially in the 1920s when the KKK recruited MILLIONS of Americans after President Woodrow Wilson endorsed the KKK in the movie Birth of a Nation). Over time, ethnic European people learned to sublimate their ethnicity and “become” white—not white enough for some places, but white enough in most.

            The poorest white person, with a little training and some cleaning up, can “pass.” A Black person cannot do that. The fact that Black households have one-twentieth the wealth of white households (Pew Research) is ample evidence of the power of being white in this country. Remember, most white families don’t have lineage back to the Mayflower—most wealthy white people have a trailer park, tenant-farmhouse, factory house or tenement in their background.

            White privilege is nothing to be ashamed of, and given your level of self-awareness and the poverty of your childhood, I hope you will leverage it to open doors for other poor children (of any race). Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

          • So if I drive by a group of African Americans and yell racial slurs, that isn’t being racist, because I can’t control aspects of their surroundings?

          • Why don’t you try that – then stop and ask the folks what they think. Please be sure to let us know what you learn. -Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

          • Why don’t you try that – then stop and ask the folks what they think. Please be sure to let us know what you learn. -Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

            Ah yes, glorying in the threat of violence. The mask of paternalistic caring may be false, but the threat of violence is real. Your roots are showing.

          • Luke Visconti

            What’s the matter? Things a little slow over at Stormfront? Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

        • I think you mean to say he is a bigot. A racist is someone who believes and promotes the existence of one master race and genocide of all others.A bigot is someone who dislikes another due to race or belief.

      • Thank you – so not the point, and some people say that it can’t be white on black crime because he is Hispanic (sic). You were right on point – it is the historical pattern and its continuance that is the real crime.

    • He appears to identify as white supremacist actually. We are all mixed-race.

      • You are right. Most people in America are mixed race. I went on to find out about my mother’s ancestors. They used to own the Thompson plantation and slaves for that matter. But my cousin couldn’t get past George Washington Thompson. It turns out he was mulatto (half black) and took over the plantation in 1790 when no all white children were produced. So the Thompson family had black ancestors but always passed for white. What’s so funny to me is that my uncle was such a racist like Archie Bunker but here he was with a drop of African blood making him black. Maybe all white racists have black in them. haha

        • Nancy, it is not that most people in America are of mixed race. Most people in the WORLD are of mixed race. The reason so many people assume this is not true is because they know next to nothing about their lineage and nothing at all about genetics.

    • I get that being Latin or Hispanic is not a race, but when I’ve signed up at job applications or other applications in the past, the choice of race is usually White, Black, American Indian, Asian, or Hispanic. Hispanic is considered a race by some although it should not. I’ve never liked the term Hispanic because it just lumps everyone into one group when all we may have in common is the language and we come in all colors from white to black. My issue with the Martin/Zimmerman case is this: if Zimmerman’s last name had been Rodriguez or Rivera we wouldn’t have made such a big deal in the news. But because he has a last name of Zimmerman this case was automatically made out to be a white/black issue.

  • I’m glad that the commenter asked that question – because it does go to a fundamental lack of understanding around white priviledge as Luke points out.

    For me, it comes down to asking the question of whether Zimmerman would have responded the same way to a young white male walking by talking on a cell phone. What if it were a young female – black or white or any other race?

    What if the person had been closer to Zimmerman’s age – and/or more physically imposing?

  • My four teenage sons could be Trayvon. They’re educated, polite and outstanding, productive citizens: one at UofR, one headed to Harvard, the two others finishing up high school. What I don’t understand is how ANYONE could NOT see the fact that this is a racially motivated, white-on-black crime. What I’m sure would make it MUCH EASIER to understand is to SIMPLY reverse the races: The murderer is now a Black larger, older, want-to-be-a-cop persuant, and the victim is now a White young, innocent, 17-year old, skittle-holding football player who was walking to a friends house when he was tragically shot and killed. Who thinks the murderer would be free now? None of us are ignorant enough to believe that would be the case if the races were reversed. Its time for justice and equality in law.

    • Additional thought: People of color shouldn’t have to prove we are “good” or “innocent” before being given the benefit of the doubt. We want and strive for the same things that other Americans strive for: education, success, the pursuit of happiness, the American dream. It’s time for justice and equality in law for ALL Americans.

      • People not of color shouldn’t have to prove we are good either. Did you know a white older couple just got murdered? Probably not because it didn’t make the news because it was no considered a hate crime. There are good black people, white people and other people of all races- one person doesn’t define a race.

        • Luke Visconti

          You either don’t understand or are obfuscating the main point: A white police chief in a mostly white police department in a white-run town (that threw Jackie Robinson out of town during spring training) decided not to arrest a self-appointed “neighborhood watch” guy who pursued, confronted and shot an unarmed BLACK teenager who was doing nothing wrong – AFTER the police told him not to follow the kid. Here’s a news flash for you: RACE HAD EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THIS. Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

          • Luke, that may very well be true, and I understand your points. That still does not make this a general black-white issue. This is solely about the people that were involved in this case. I am white, have many black friends, and I do not wish to be categorized with the white people involved with this case.

          • Luke Visconti

            You can say it’s solely about the people that were involved with this case – but it’s really about the people who are running that police department, the court system and the government of the state of Florida, who are almost entirely white, certainly at the level at which authority is exercised. That you have the ability to bow out of that situation and white people in general do not accept responsibility for this situation (even though they hold the power) is the difference between being Black (capitalized purposefully) and white (lowercase purposefully). Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

          • Ray Droppadime

            The trial has just barely started and you are pontificating that “this has everything to do with race”. Who the hell died and made you Sheriff Luke? Where the hell do you get off jumping to conclusions about any of this based on what happened to Jackie Robinson in 1948? That is the sort of demagoguery that I thought your magazine was against. I am outraged sir that you have the temerity to ask for justice with the same breath that you would deny the pursuit of same. Such hypocrisy puts you in the same category of race baiting fools as George Wallace or Al Sharpton.

            I will not deny that historical evidence does not favor Justice being done, but recent history does not in any way justify the notion of any ‘lynchin’ of anything but decency. Let the courts do their job, then calmly evaluate the result. I can respect justified righteous anger. I will not condone pandering to fear nor stirring unjustified passions.

          • Luke Visconti

            The extremist movement in this country, which I will not call conservative because it isn’t, is more like a mash-up of the KKK movement in the 1920s and the old Know Nothing party (look it up). It has bombarded this publication with rants about Zimmerman’s race and evil insinuations about Trayvon’s character. Now it’s turning to “let the courts do their job” all in a desperate attempt to obfuscate the obvious murder that occurred. PAY ATTENTION: This is all about protecting the “Stand Your Ground” laws, which, in conjunction with the majority of states now having “Shall Issue” laws for concealed carry of firearms, make bullet-propelled lynching legal.

            You can tell I’m not exaggerating when you study the fact that the Sanford police department had to be overridden by a state-appointed special prosecutor. God help you if you’re shot in one of the two dozen “Stand Your Ground” law states after being provoked by an armed “neighborhood watch” fool and you’re not as photogenic as Trayvon. Your murderer will go as free as Zimmerman was until public outrage stepped in to force some degree of justice (potentially).

            Finally, be clear on one thing: I AM Sheriff Luke of DiversityInc (because I own it). Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

          • C Singleteary

            Love the clarity you bring to this topic! Some people refuse to accept the truth about the real issues that affect our country. It’s refreshing to know there are fair and honest people out here who really get it and are willing to speak up for justice.
            Thank you!

        • Ashley,

          “People not of color” as you state it, do not have to prove they are “good”. You are assumed to be good. Sometimes even when you obviously are not. That is the point.

          The police, Anglos (non Latino whites) all decided not to take any action, or even to try to find the young man’s identity. His body lay in the morgue unidentified, for a week before his father found him.

          The shooter, identified as Anglo (non Latino white) does not even get arrested, let alone charged. Mr. Zimmerman is assumed to be “good”.

        • I used to teach special ed where the majority of my students were black. One of my students once asked me during February when we would have White History Month and I replied every month but February. There is racism in this country and history proves it has always been white on black crime. Because of social media and young people not being as racist as their elders, we have heard about Trayvon. We never would have heard about it 30 or more years ago. Maybe this is progress.

          • Apparently, you haven’t been reading any of the comments by, persumably young, whites on the internet. The internet is filled with racist comments by young (white) people, juxapositioned with the tweet by a young white girl that when she realized a character from the Hunger Games book was actually a black character (as depicted in the movie), she was not so sad by the death. I found that comment absolutely chilling. Am I supposed to trust that I will get fair treatment or my son would when we have young people with that kind of thinking and who will be in charge later in life deciding our fate?

            In the movie, “A Time To Kill” (black father kills white male who raped his daughter in the deep south). At the end of the movie the defending attorney asked the all white jury to close their eyes and asked them to imagine what had happened to the little girl. He proceeds to describe her rape in excuriating detail and then at the very end said, “Now imagine her white.” Everyone on the jury jerked. The defendant was acquitted. Yes, it’s only a movie but the writers (more than likely white) very clearly demonstrated what they already know. Whites are unable or unwillingly to put themselves into the place of the “others” when crimes and any injustices or indignities happen. Whites tend to justify, explain away, or obfuscate the reality.

            Just as someone else pointed out, if this had been a large black male who shot an innocent or even not so innocent young white male, the aftermath would have been very different. And by the way, this is not the first time a vigiliante took it upon himself to kill someone black. There was a case that happened several years ago. A black male was being pursued in a mall parking lot, persumably because he had stolen something (or maybe he just needed to rush to his car). A white male decided to pursue him and in the end killed him (I believe he shot him). He was acquitted. I don’t know if the jury was all white, but I know on the show in the aftermath all of them being interviewed were white. One white female was very indignant that she when she was asked if she treatef black patients differently than white ones (she was a nurse). I’m sure she believes that. But study after study shows that people do react differently depending on the individual’s race. I would rather deal with someone aware of their bias and prejudice but makes a conscious effort to be fair than someone who *thinks* they are not. One of the white males on the jury started to dismiss the seriousness of an average citizen taking it upon himself to involve himself in something that authorities should handle when a black person is involved. I don’t know how provocative the comment would have been, but I do know the TV show cut off his comment.

            Sadly and unfortunately (especially if you are non-white), racism is alive and well and living right here in the good ol’ USA. I know I will die before I ever see any different and I had such high hopes during the 60’s. BTW I worked in a predominately white high school for a six years and, yes, the same old attitudes are indeed still around.

        • Actually, Ashley, it probably did make the news because news outlets tend to show more crimes on white people than any other race. Additionally, this was a hate crime because George Zimmerman explicitly said that he found Trayvon to look threatening- he saw a black boy in a hoodie, followed him in HIS OWN NEIGHBORHOOD, then murdered him. All because a black unarmed boy in a hoodie is threatening.

          As white people, we get the privilege of hearing about crimes against people of our color and usually getting justice for it every day. On the flip side of that, every 28 hours a black man is killed by the police or a vigilante, yet Trayvon’s case is one of the only, if not the first, stories of this that has made the national news. Look up Jordan Davis; look up Sean Bell; look up Latisha Harlins; look up William Torbit Jr.; look up Jimmel Cannon; look up Stephon Watts.

          Sure, there are good black people and good white people, but we assume black people are bad and carry guns and white people are good, which is nowhere near a fair assumption.

          • The bias on news reporting also helps feed the prison-industrial complex.
            We imprison six times more people per capita than any other country on earth. There are stock-exchange listed for-profit prison companies that depend on an increasing flow of prisoners, just like McDonald’s depends on an increasing flow of customers, to keep their stock moving up. There are economic motivations for things being the way they are—58 percent of prisoners are Black and Latino, roughly double their percentage of the adult population in our country.
            Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

      • Manhattangurl

        I couldn’t agree with you more Enl2Officer. Worth reposting….

        We want and strive for the same things that other Americans strive for: education, success, the pursuit of happiness, the American dream. It’s time for justice and equality in law for ALL Americans.

  • Not sure why the fact that “he was a very handsome young man” has any bearing on this case whatsoever. Would Trayvon have been less “powerful” if he had been ugly? Luke, do handsome people deserve justice more than the less attractive?

    • Luke Visconti

      If Trayvon had cornrows, scruffy facial hair and a scowl in his picture, this story would never have become as big as it is. That’s life in our celebrity-driven media society. There are thousands of people who have suffered the fate of Trayvon whose names we do not know. Someone today will be beat up or killed for nothing other than the color of their skin.
      So yes, Jill, the fact that he was a very handsome young man has a LOT to do with this situation, no doubt in my mind about it. It’s only foolish to insinuate that I would believe that handsome people deserve more justice.
      Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

      • Luke,

        You are so right in your assessment. The primary reason so many people are “appalled”, is more because Trayvon looks like “such a nice boy”. The greater question is why more people don’t realize how often Trayvon’s story is repeated with NO media attention.

        I have 2 adolescent grandsons – great kids, great students, great citizens. I worry about their safety, because too many people are willing to assume negative intent……..and clearly with the increasing number of “Stand Your Ground” laws, those people now have a legal license to kill for no other reason than their own perception of danger!

      • Luke,

        You are absolutely correct. In today’s culture, how you look carries a lot of weight. So, in this instance, while it seems trivial and besides the point, you are correct in stating that had the late Treyvon Martin had dreads and a “gangsta” look, this story would have very probably gone unnoticed.

        • Yeah, but the fact that he was such a cute young man didn’t keep him from being stalked and shot down by Zimmerman,unfortunately. It didn’t matter that looked like a nice boy—all Zimmerman saw was a young black male, ad in his sick mind, “young black male” automatically meant that Martin just HAD to be a thug, despite no evidence to back that assumption up. I’ve also seen conservative sites claiming that Martin was a thug and accusing hi of all kids of crimes, with,frankly, not much evidence to back that up either. How sickening—the truth is,if he had been a white boy, all of that would not have even been an issue.

  • I think I want to marry you Luke. I am a regular reader and I’ll tell you, you’ve got it. You understand. Now the only question remaining is , do you pick up your socks? seriously, thank you for being willing to articulate what so many people cannot, willing to take the heat for speaking truth. You are an important voice in America. Please keep up the good work. And I was serious about the marriage offer too, if you’re single. Let me know.

    • Chickiedee123

      I was thinking the same thing Karen. Lol! To Luke: As Karen said, thank you for speaking up in an intelligent and articulate manner on a subject that is so very important. Now answer the question: DO you pick up your sox??? :-)

  • Hobson Goulart

    Thanks Luke for articulating it so well. I am originally from Brazil and am what is defined in the US as of “brown” skin complexion. In Brazil I was a member of the majority and could not see prejudice or racism anywhere (I was a member of the middle class there and loosely classified as “moreno” or almost white) . When I came to the US, one day I entered a video store 15 minutes before closing time to pick up a video and the woman behind the counter said very loudly to her co-worker: THE POLICE ARE OUT THERE AREN’T THEY?. The co-worker not picking up on the clue that she was scared of me kept asking her: why are you talking so loudly and why are you saying something about the police? She just kept repeating herself. For the first time I understood what it was like to be a member of a minority and be singled out by white people. What I also realized was that as a “white” person in Brazil I had discriminated against poor and blacks and nordestinos (Brazilians from the Northeast who migrate to Rio and Sao Paulo) too, but hadn’t really realized it. I just couldn’t see it because I couldn’t pick the forest from the trees. Now that I have lived in the US for almost twenty years, I can. Thank you for the blog.

    • Do you think this might be an American thing? When I travel to foreign countries I don’t encounter the kind of racism you see here in the States. But it’s not just the South, you can go to Iowa or Chicago and see the same thing.

  • Thank you for saying what needs to be said. White families do not have to have the following conversations;
    1. “driving while black;”
    2. don’t have to call the local police station chief to ask that they stop harassing their son because he works the midnight shift in a predominately white town and keeps getting pulled over for a “faulty rear light” which has been checked and doubled checked; and
    3. don’t worry when their son texts to say he is with a friend coming from taekwondo practice and were pulled over again in this predominately white town to be “looked” over for suspicious activity.
    We have raised our sons to be honorable, productive contributors to their families, community and country. What frightens me most is that as Black young men, it’s NEVER enough, and as a mother my soul weeps for yet again for a tragedy that THIS time has the name of Trayvon but next time may have my sons’ name.

    • So true.
      As a mother of 3 sons (24, 18 and 16), who happen to be well educated and handsome, I have had many conversations about driving while “Black, male, and young” (hold on….) especially driving my nice vehicle. To make the point clear, the VERY FIRST TIME my middle son got behide the wheel of my pretty ride with me in the passenger seat, we were followed by 2 police cruisers as he circled around a parking lot to practice. I used it as a lesson…”this is why you had to get your driving permit first…this is why you need car insurance, this is how you slowly pull over and respectfully say, “Yes, sir.”
      Do white teenagers go through this? CASE CLOSED.

      • Perhaps it is an economic status thing as well for the ‘this is why you need car insurance, this is how you slowly pull over respectfully say, ‘Yes, sir/madam’.’ My dad used to tell me this growing up along with ‘the officer is right on the street, do not argue, stay calm and polite. Court is the time to speak up in front of the judge.’ Also, authority figures tend to look at teenagers with suspicion as a general rule. I grew up in a low income Caucasin household and married into a middle income Mexican household. My husband tends to speak up more around authority figures while I tend to not speak up to avoid conflict.

      • I totally agree with you, T. Johnson. Before my 19 year old son leave the house ( every single time, every day!) I go though a drill…I ask does he have is ID, insurance card, car registration in the car, does he have his cellphone on him, does he have enough money to make a phone call if he needs to should his cellphone not work in a certain area, and lastly please avoid trouble and be on your very best behavior. In addition to that I now have him call me to let me know his location through the day…especially if he leaves one place for another. That is because I know how dangerous it is to be a Black male in the South…now more than ever!!! It is a shame that in this country that is suppose to be so humanitarian and free I HAVE to do this in a country that claims to be so humanitarian. Really?

  • I’m a female it can be difficult to understand what a male goes through, his thought process, his trials or his actions. He’s thinking like a man because he is a man. As a Black person, I know some White people truly “try” to understand our experience. Some ask questions to get a better understanding of our trials and tribulations but unfortunately unless you walk in my shoes… you’ll never truly understand how those shoes fit.

    I’m the mother of a twenty year old son, my only son, my Black son. And every time he leaves the house, I worry. I worry about the Po-Po (police) possibly pulling him over. There doesn’t have to be a reason, you see we (Blacks) get pulled over all the time for “no reason”. I worry that he will reach for his license and that could be mistaken as “a threatening” move & that be his last move. Do the police care that my son was a Honor Roll student all his life and is currently a college student? Or do they just see a Black male “up to no good?”

    Most of my shopping experiences – like to Target or Macy’s includes me being followed around by Loss Prevention because like Zimmerman they have a preconceived notion that “all” Black people are up to no good. Does Loss prevention care that I’m an educated woman who makes six figures, owns my own home, drives a Benz and would never steal anything because of my moral/religious upbringing? Or do they just see a Black woman “up to no good?”

    Trayvon Martin was minding his own business. He was not causing a disturbance and he wasn’t up to no good. You see he was headed back to his father’s girlfriend house to finish watching a game. Zimmerman approached him. Zimmerman chased him. Why because he was a BLACK male & Zimmerman “thought” that young man, who was a good student & somebody’s son, was “up to no good.” Had Trayvon Martin been a White male, he would’ve never been followed, chased, questioned or shot.

    This is what makes this a Black/White issue.

    • Linda in Birmingham, AL

      It is funny and sad that you mentioned [deleted]. My 19 year old college daughter was harassed at a [deleted] in Mobile, AL. Because we are not from the Mobile area, my daughter had never been to this particular [deleted]. She did not know where to find the items she needed. Not only was she followed while inside the store, she was also followed to her car. The security officer stood by the register and called two other [deleted] personnel who followed her to her car and said, “Have a good day”.
      I told her to return the items and ask for the manager.
      The security officer said she was looking up at the camera which is what people do when they are trying to locate the cameras before taking items. He even told me, “If you are worried about what your daughter does while she is in the store, maybe you should go with her.” I guess looking up at the signs to locate items is wrong when you are Black in Mobile, AL.
      Not only was my daughter upset, she was terrified. She called me crying and shaking. It did not matter that this 103 pound, 5’2, 19 year old girl is a college student. It did not matter that her father is currently serving this country with 20+ years in the military. It did not matter that her mother is a college graduate currently pursing a Master’s Degree. All that mattered to this security person is that she is Black.

      • Wow, no kidding. Particularly when cameras are conveniently located near the signs. Perhaps stores should move the signs or the cameras. I have noticed that loss prevention has followed me on occasions when I have looked up at signs that happen to be near cameras or if I am just browsing through a store rather than speed racing through the aisles. Now, I know why. Or maybe they just do not like comparison shoppers? I am white and beyond my teen years. So, it is no longer an age issue…

  • The saddest part about this whole incident is that a young boy was murdered. There is no defense for a Adult man saying her feared a young man unless he was armed and we all know this was not the case. I hope I live to see the day when that is what we are mad about and not what the race is. My heart goes out to Trayvon’s family.

  • Luke – this issue is a travesty and I do believe that Zimmerman stereotyped and should be held accountable. But, here’s what I ran into pumping gas the other day – a young (black) female pulled in to pump gas with several friends in her car – she left her music on (which was very loud) it had curse words (F-this F-that) in it and the use of the “N” word. Now, I don’t mind rap music, but I can’t stand anything derogetory. I made eye contact with another man pumping gas (black male) and he said,”No wonder are youth have problems.” I agreed with the man. I then turned to the young lady and said, “you should turn down or off your music.” She said why is it to loud… I told her, “No- it’s tastless.” Now, I for one hate the “N” word – but, it seems the younger generation has no clue what their mother/father/grandparents etc went through over that word. I then starting thinking about the gang shootings in Chicago… The thug persona needs to change. I would like to see Rev Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson head to Chicago and spear head a campaighn to put an end to black on black crime as well. Enough is enough for everyone..

    • Luke Visconti

      I think many people agree with you about the n-word – doesn’t matter who’s using it or where – it’s offensive. However, I think many people make the mistake in thinking that Rev. Jackson doesn’t care about Black on Black crime. He does a lot of work community-building and much of what we see as crime is a repercussion of what the majority culture has done to others, so his work on the Trayvon case (for example) will lift us all. In other words, when Rev. Jackson advocates for Blacks, he is really advocating for whites too – we all live in the same society. Black on white, white on Black, white on white, Black on Black – it’s all crime. You’re right – “enough is enough for everyone”. Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

  • Luke, I do believe just like you, this is a “white on Black” crime, most important, we cant forget, this is a child, a son. I believe that protesting about how it was handled and getting support is a great step and support for the family. There is racism in the US and against blacks or hispanics. Hispanics because we are considered “illegal immigrants”, though we have fought for this country and have been born here and pay our taxes. For Blacks, look at the history books.
    What I do not believe in, is the slogan some protesters are using “They are killing our young”. People forget that our own race is killing our young people more then the racist. You hear about crimes with bullies, drive by, drug killings, gang killings.

  • Leslie Coleman

    It’s rare that you actually witness this type of courage in America. Thank you!

  • I just want to say that what you wrote brought tears to my eyes. Your words were eloquent, passionate, and so true and you ended it poignantly. Thank you for your wisdom and insights on diversity. You are truly an amazing voice that needs to be continously heard – and hopefully as your words are spoken in print and in sound that it will penetrate peoples spirits and bring about a transformation that will heal humanity.

  • The reader is part of the white privileged group. Fortunately he is sensitive but he is still out of touch especially when all the news this week is so obvious. Your explanation is excellent.

  • TellTheTruth

    Why have the SPG (The Sanford Police Gang) not arrested Zimmerman? Why is the SPG willing to face extinction over Zimmerman? The answer is easy. He is a police informant and he is owed FAVORS by the SPG. Also Zimmerman probably has some interesting stories to tell about the SPG if he is arrested.

    By the way, Bill Lee will probably get a job at Foxx News.

  • Thank you for your very assertive writing. It is dissapointing that we are experiencing the same type of hate crimes as during the civil rights movement. We have come a long way, but there is so much still to be done… and you are doing just that. Thanks!

  • Linda in Birmingham, AL

    Thanks for your articles. This one I appreciate even more.
    Please read my comment concerning [deleted]. Have you received any other information concerning [deleted]’s racist activities. I was just wondering.

  • Thanks for the article Luke. well written. I am a mother of 4 African American sons; 2 serving our country in the War(S), the other two work for fortune 100/50 companies. In the South, we were taught that we had to raise our sons to be overly cooperative with the police, almost to the point of cowardice because the end result would possibly be death if a white policeman intrepeted any move or comment as being aggressive. The police have murdered, beat, imprisoned( read” Slavery by Another Name”), humiliated our community for a long time. Look at all the convictions that are being overturned from Chicago to Dallas because of bad policing and abuse in the African-American community. Until the larger community can demonstrate that they believe we have the same right to justice, that our children are as loved and valued by us as theirs are to them, andt stop buying the stereotype of the”suspicious black male”, there will be more cases like this. I pray that Trayvons parents do receive justice for their son. It is any parents worse nightmare no matter what your color to get that call that your child has been murdered.

  • Think about it this way: If the shooter had been Black, and the murdered child with a bag of candy had been white, what do you suppose the outcome would have been?

    • Who knows? What if it were a black doctor living in a gated community who shot a white drug dealer?

      A better question is what if both were black? Take race out of the equation entirely, and it is also a far too common occurrence. That said, I was the foreperson on a jury that acquitted a black drug dealer of murdering a black customer. Most of us were convinced he probably did it, but the state didn’t meet the beyond a reasonable doubt threshold.

      • If the situations were reversed, it sure as hell wouldn’t be on the news.

        Nobody cares about black-on-black murders or black-on-white murders. They don’t matter as much as white-on-black murders, according to the mainstream media.

        Oh, and by the way… black-on-white murders occur roughly 2.5x more frequently than black-on-white murders despite white Americans outnumbering black Americans 6-to-1.

        FBI Murder Stats by Race 2011

        FBI Murder Stats by Race 2012

        But let’s keep that our little secret… We all prefer to spread the myth of the white-on-black genocide after all.

        • Luke Visconti

          Sure, it would—and it does every day to help perpetuate racial stereotypes by the almost all-white editorial teams. The Black-on-white crime myth is a drum that people like Bill O’Reilly and Ann Coulter beat on all the time to whip up tired old FOX viewers. Using your FBI statistics, 83 percent of crimes committed on white people are committed by other white people (91 percent of crimes committed on Black people are committed by other Black people). Crime is relative to wealth, with poor people committing most of the crime. According to Pew, Black households have 1/20th the wealth of white households, so if you adjusted for wealth, we are in the middle of a white criminal epidemic.

          There are other factors to consider, including the quality of police work. For example, the subprime crisis was a theft of hundreds of billions of dollars by white male bankers, yet none of them went to jail. Where you see poor policing most often is in black majority areas like Ferguson, which is clearly a police thugocracy. Here’s an interesting article about the relationship between poverty and crime. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • A bigger travesty not to trivialize a tragic death is the institutional racism in this case. This makes it clearly a Black on White crime, if there was any doubt. What removes any possibility of this simply being an individual mistake, aside from evidence, is the systemic and institutionalized cover-up that has transpired. As was said, the Police Chief has not made an arrest and the Prosecutor has chosen not to send the Police Chief an arrest warrant. The fear of no recourse for individual rights continues to vibrant soundly in many communities across America!

  • Karen Hernandez

    It is a crying shame that this senseless murder and other compelling evidence exists to prove that racism is still a problem in America in 2012. Dr. Martin Luther King is probably watching and praying from Heaven and saying, “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” May God help us all come to the realization that we are all brothers and sisters and need to learn to love one another if we are to survive as a “human” race. Keep up the good work you are doing, Luke.

  • I am retired military. As much as we dont want to admit it the United States has always been a racist country. Where else, it what other country when you apply for a job does it ask you your race. Most european countries simply state “national or foreign born”. Here is the good old US of A we ask, Caucasian, Aleutian, Eskimo, Black, Asian, African American, so many choices. Why not Christian or Protestant, Irish or Catholic, Muslem or Jew?

    We still think in this country that 1 drop of black blood makes you black, so who isnt black lately? My friends from Ethiopia dont want to check African American or Black on a job application so they check other.

    Other what? Race, Tribe, Creed, Religion.

    Arent we all just the human race? Why cant we all get along as well in public as we often do in private? You know what I mean.

  • becauseitmatters

    Dear Luke Visconti,

    Like so many others I am heartbroken and Furious over the murder of and utter lack of justice for Trayvon Martin. I hope and believe justice will now be done. I would like to ask you why so few white celebrities have spoken out about this when they so easily and constantly take to their twitter accounts to speak out about cancer and the environment. Don’t get me wrong those causes are also dear to me, but innocent children being murdered and racism will always come first in my books. I am “white” and I am sick of seeing white people constantly ignoring racism, trying to sweep it under the rug and just having so little compassion for it and hardly ever standing up against it. Why is there such cowardice and ignorance among whites and I am focusing here on the educated white who should know better who have it in them to care but just can’t be bothered. WHY do they have so little interest in cases like these. It infuriates me and saddens me because i truly feel that racism cannot be overcome until white people get off their privileged rears and start caring about it, admitting that they don’t know how it feels to be victims of REAL racism and standing up against it even though they will never get it adn while admitting that never beign able to understand it, doesn’t mean they can’t care deeply about it.

  • becauseitmatters

    I will never know what real racism feels like, but I know what it feels like to care deeply about it and to want with all my heart to live in a world free of all this horrible prejudice.


    The white man has no right to kill
    The black man has no right to kill
    Brian Milligan was beaten because he has a black girlfriend by black people
    Jan Pawel Pietrzak was killed because he was white by black people

    This is not racism?

    Why do people kill?

  • Its frightening that after such an arduous march for civil rights, American society still treats some of its citizens like the wretched of the earth. Its a compelling lesson for South Africa to remain vigilant against racism. Apartheid is a dreadful, insiduous disease! We must never stop trying to give this world a more human face.

  • Your article was very thoughtful and considerate. We Americans should be that way toward each other often.

  • While I agree that being white carries with it a level of security and panacea from certain injustices, I can’t help but feel qualifying Zimmerman as a murderer assuming facts of the case which are not clear: “I’d have arrested the murderer just to know that I did the right thing.” Further bridging the divide, unfortunately on racial grounds, is the need to use lables which require a full understanding of the tragedy along with a presumed mindset of Zimmerman and a jury decision. We also see terms such as vigilante tossed around. Standing outside the situation we are presented with differing accounts of the story. We are making assumptions based on a recorded 911 call. Images are shown which imprint in our minds representations of the people involved. Why was Trayvon face down? Why did Zimmerman have wounds to his face and back of his head? Could youth considerably taller, yet much lighter, threaten an adult? I have tried my best to refrain from assessing blame and unfortunately until we know that Zimmerman in fact did “murder” Trayvon, that it was not an act of self-defense (which I agree is tough to fathom) even having this discussion requires that the majority, if not all, the guilt is on Zimmerman. Are we even to the point in our information gathering stage that we can intelligently assert this?

    • Luke Visconti

      We’re seeing many emails with the same talking points, even the “New Black Panther Party” has been trotted back out. Trayvon is dead. Zimmerman engaged him after the police told him not to.

      Zimmerman killed an unarmed teenager. He murdered him. Trayvon is dead. Zimmerman is alive.

      How much more clear do you need it to be?

      • Luke – you are probably right, but there have been many cases of innocent people ending up on death row because of so called indisputable evidence. I think he should be arrested, but be careful folks, he is innocent until proven guilty.

        • Luke Visconti

          I can’t imagine that I’d be walking around free if I shot someone in front of my house. Doesn’t matter what the reason was. Nobody’s disputing that Zimmerman shot Trayvon. But there are places in this country, apparently including Sanford, Florida, where shooting a Black man doesn’t rise to the level of being particularly interesting to local law enforcement. Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

  • actually yes white teenagers (especially boys) do. Out here in rural Ohio white teen boys are routinely roughed up by police, especially when they don’t know that if your driver side window on the car you just bought with your own money doesn’t open and you open your door, the police will grab you and throw you to the ground and cuff you. It is very much more dangerous for black youth, I agree, but do not assume all teens are not at risk. I think many people are just afraid of teenage and young men that don’t have a polo and khackys on!

  • Franklin E Rutledge

    I try to give my opinions on many subjects. Many things I say will never change the hearts of most people, but I hope they will change a few. Most of the times, we write about issues like Martin vs Zimmerman to give our opinions whether it is right or wrong. Everyone’s opinions are as good as the next person, but when we apply the ad homonym rhetoric, we will be less likely to attack the person that gives their opinion. Luke, I appreciate and enjoyed your article. It dealt with the truth as to why people are calling this a racial shooting. I also appreciate the insights of others that agree with you, but I also appreciate those that did not agree. It helped me to form what I want to write and give my opinion, while hoping only to speak the truth. Truth that is spoken in love can heal the wounded.
    I am a Black man. I am an American. I wish only to be labeled as an American, and as a result I hope to be unbiased. Fat chances the Federal government will not label me. I trust that I can be propositionally sound to explain what I believe should have happened after the death of an American citizen. First of all life is valuable. No life should ever be taken, unless the federal or state government executes vengeance on someone for taking another human’s life. Mr Zimmerman nor Mr Martin has the rights to take another person’s life. In this case Mr Zimmerman is the accused and Mr Martin is the victim. The accused is not part of the government’s law enforcement; therefore he wasn’t permitted to act in its behalf. The Law cannot allow for any of us to act as vigilantes, or we will all be killed even over acts of kindness.
    Regardless of the clothing that another person wears, no one has the rights to kill him/her. Although some clothing, or the lack thereof, is offensive and might incite anger. Nonetheless no one is deputized to kill because one wears them. If a White or Black person wears a KKK hood or a hoodie or a Yankee baseball cap in Boston, they should not be killed because of it. Regardless of Mr Martin’s choice of clothing or another person’s choice of clothing, no one has rights to take a life. Life is valuable.
    As individuals we might not like the lifestyle of another person’s chooses, but we cannot harm or kill them. Think hard about what I am writing at this moment. Will Harvard graduates have rights to kill me because I am not as literarily strong as they are? Will millionaires be permitted to kill the poor? Will all Whites be permitted to kill Blacks and other? Will all Blacks be permitted to kill Latinos, and other minorities? Will all legal citizens be permitted to kill all non-documented persons that we call illegals? When the majority is favored, and the minority is not treated with the same reverence, we will continue to see crimes not punished.
    We missed the point from the outset. The principle wrong of this incident is that Mr Zimmerman should have been questioned, arrested and allowed bailed for this incident. Whether he is White, Hispanic, Black or Asian, he has no rights to kill another person. Even if he declared self-defense, he should not have been permitted to go free without a thorough investigation, which wasn’t done. The Federal government should be seeking to prosecute Mr Zimmerman and should also seek to prosecute the head of the law enforcement in Sanford, Fla. They should be in contact with the Governor of Florida to properly vindicate an American whose life was taken by force unnecessarily.
    Those in the media and those from the public that try to condemn Mr Martin for wearing a hoodie, or for being caught with an empty marijuana bag in time past totally show their simplicity. Those that try to justify Mr Zimmerman killing of Mr Martin totally show their stupidity by invoking “Stand Your Ground Law.” Those that want to be analysts have tried to justify the killing of an American by showing statistics of black on black, black on white, white on white and white on black crimes. Every Black, White, Asian or Hispanic person that kills another person has to be punished. No one should be exempt from punishment if the kill another person. Self defense is an exception, and should only be granted by a jury.
    In my conclusion, whether this is a hate crime, a racist crime, a biased crime, a random or personal vendetta, Mr Martin’s rights as an American citizen were taken from him. Mr Zimmerman doesn’t have any rights to take a human life. All the arguments are secondary to the principal law that is being ignored; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Here lies the problem, all of Mr Martin’s right were taken away by one unauthorized act of Mr Zimmerman. Now he has to prove that the State gave him the rights to act on its behalf. If the City of Sanford doesn’t arrest this none law enforcement person, Mr Zimmerman, every person in America must be offended at the practice of the law enforcement in Sanford, Florida.

  • Willard Smythe

    Luke – let’s begin with your words… “If I were the police chief, I’d have arrested the murderer just to know that I did the right thing.”

    It is worlds like these that are so harmful. I actually believe that everyone is coming to the same conclusion on this matter – that Zimmerman should have been arrested. But there is simply so much we don’t know. If you think he’s guilty (calling him a murderer suggests you do), I am willing to bet your biases are coming into play. If someone else thinks Zimmerman was just defending himself against a thug, that person too is biased.

    We simply don’t know. In this twitter-verse, we are supposed to have an opinion about every event that occurs the very instant that it occurs. Let’s take a step back, let things develop (hopefully with an arrest very soon), and see where the facts take us. What is it about human beings that keep us from saying “I don’t know?”

    • Luke Visconti

      What don’t you know? I know there’s a dead teenager who was doing nothing more than walking down a street. I know my words aren’t nearly as harmful as a 9 millimeter round shot at close range. And I know that a 9 millimeter slug is far more harmful than a bag of skittles. I don’t have a problem not dancing around the obvious: I KNOW that if I were the police chief I would have arrested the murderer just to know that I did the right thing. Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

      • Sandip Seoirse

        Mr. Visconti,

        In your reply above to Willard Smythe, each point you make in describing the Travyon Martin case is hypothetical at this incredibly early stage of the legal proceedings. Nothing has yet been established as fact in a court of law. The twitter-verse Willard Smythe describes pushes us all to make rush judgements based on incomplete facts, which often, unfortunately, as the disparities in criminal statistics consistently demonstrate, prove themselves reactionary and premature in the cold light of day. It is understandable then that like many people you have already passed judgement on right and wrong in the Travyon Martin case, but in the absence of confirmed and established facts it is difficult to see your stated conclusions as something other than premature at best, and perhaps even biased, as Willard Smythe so eloquently summarized.

        • Luke Visconti

          I keep hearing and reading about these mysterious “incomplete facts” and a “rush to judgement” in the “bigotsphere” or “biggot-verse” – that aggregation of Koch-NRA-Murdoch public relations windmills, which all of a sudden are preaching non-judgement and/or being slow to judge. Maybe it’s my experience as a veteran that taught me to look at the situation, make a decision and act decisively, but here are the “confirmed and established” facts as I see them: Zimmerman is a murderer because Trayvon is not going to rise up out of the box and become alive again and there is no doubt about who had a gun (and who had Skittles), who pursued whom, who was told by the police not to pursue whom and what the end result was. The only thing that’s going to get Zimmerman off the hook is the “Stand Your Ground” law, which gives law enforcement a disincentive to arrest and prosecutors a disincentive to prosecute – because judges are compelled to dismiss cases out of hand. The “bigotsphere” is trying to obfuscate the reality: “Stand Your Ground” in combination with “Shall Issue” laws (for carrying a concealed weapon) are a toxic mix across THE region that has a history of lynching, and newly oppressive states like Arizona (which is a “Stand Your Ground” state). Keep this in mind: If you’re dark-skinned, or dress in “Muslim Garb,” or have an accent – no matter what your politics are, when you’re confronted by a nut-job with a legal handgun and the mandate to create a confrontation and pull a trigger without repercussions, it won’t matter that you’re just visiting a neighbor or buying some milk for your kids at the jiffy-mart, you’re going to be facing the judge and jury at the end of a muzzle. If that unfortunate day should happen, I’m sure you will pass judgement very quickly, and here’s a hint from what I know about shooting (I’m a master-rated rifleman and expert-rated pistol shot) – most people can’t shoot straight – run as fast as you can away from the pistol and you stand a good chance your assailant (who isn’t waiting for complete facts) will miss. Doesn’t that make you feel better? Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc

  • Franklin E Rutledge

    How can Luke’s comments be harmful? The child is dead. Killed by Mr. Zimmerman. The word murderer is the word used to describe a person that kills another person. The court can vindicate such a person if he found not guilty. Mr Zimmerman was told by the 911 operator to leave this kid along. By him ignoring that order, it can be honestly assumed that his intentions were to harm this kid. None- biased people would call this Murder. The harm was caused by Mr. Zimmerman, not Luke.

  • Yes, Latino is not a race but quite frankly, if I saw Mr. Zimmerman walking down the street I would not see him as a white man. He may see himself as white but I doubt that many others do. He has more melanin than I do, I am also of mixed race and am Black. Thanks for the response.

  • I understand white privilege, but what type of privilege are the offenders in the story below getting. No arrest and no one paying any attention. I have not seen a peep out of the national media about this…I guess you could call it social guilt privilege. You need to ensure justice is met for all or racial tensions will never ease.

  • Gayle Edmond

    Well said, Mr. Visconti! I hope it gets through to non African Americans.

  • Here in Senegal, people think that America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth. They rarely hear or experience the truth of what life is like in the Black communities of America. They only know what the mainstream media allows them to see. Thank you for rending the veil…

  • I am a very understanding person and I truly believe that this was an extremely sad event. That being said I would like to know why we as Americans aren’t told about every major killing in America? The same time this was happening there was a murder of two people in Tennessee which was much more graphic in nature than this. I think that everyone should have equal representation in the media when it comes to murders. I am very sad and I know that the parents of Trayvon will never be able to see their child again but when you hear about a couple that are dismembered and burned alive after being taken advantage of sexually. It makes me question the media since not a single person outside of Tennessee knows about this tragedy.

    • James…I’m going to take a wild guess as to why the dead couple didn’t make the news – they were *not* young, white, attractive people. Were they old? Well, then they are not as important.

      Plenty of crimes that make national news when the victim is young, white, female, and attractive do not make the national news when victims of a similar crimes is, well, not any of those things.

      I have one question, where is Nancy Grace when you need her?

      • Allison Ingram

        Actually, they were an attractive young white couple. She was 21 and he was 23, and as they were returning from a date in Knoxville, Tennessee, they were carjacked, kidnapped, brutally tortured, and raped. Four African Americans were indicted and another arrested as an accessory. Local residents found it odd this was not considered a hate crime.

  • Linda in Cincinnati

    Like Luke, I don’t know what it is to be an African American man or woman. I’ve not in my life had an officer ask to search my car after stopping me, never had a gun drawn on me by shouting police, the few times I’ve been pulled over there was a reason (speeding), no clerks follow me around the store except the typical can I help you can I help you can I help you… I can’t be Black, but in my soul I can be. Not the same, but I can feel the pain, work to change it when I can, and back up what is said by those who are brown and black with what I’ve seen. I do know what it is to wonder if the son will make it home from the midnight shift without being pulled over, have sold a car before because it was targeted by police, have witnessed what easily could have been the death of my son at the hands of a taser, have witnessed what was later falsely written up in police reports and on and on and on. My sons are Native, and one looks “suspicious”. Very very suspicious. The dark one.

    I recall long ago being asked if I would ever date a black man and saying no because why would I bring all that trouble on myself when there were so many others? Funny in hindsight because not even thinking twice about it because my area was not racist against Natives, I ended up with two Native sons then moved with the job to an area that didn’t see it the same way. One thing that did for me though after all the troubles that still continue is open my white eyes and at a level that mattered to me. Makes me want to thank all mixed couples I see for being pioneers because bringing races together into families changes things.

    Luke, I work in a great company that I much appreciate with many opportunities to work in a mixed multi-race multi-nationality environment. I’ve reported to white, Indian, and African American both male and female. However, none of what I’ve experienced beyond the doors of that company in the middle of the night on our front lawns with police present nor court appearances and so on are mentioned. Some tell me their experiences when they know my story, but as advanced as the workgroups are what goes on in the “real world” is not discussed. We are there for business. Do you ever think there will come a time in our lifetimes where these global companies who follow this magazine will realize that the most detrimental, draining, counter-productive and counter “do the right thing” most of us encounter does not occur on the job and cannot change unless the global leaders get the elephant out and put it on the table and help communities to address it?

    • Pamela in Texas

      Indeed WE (all) have to start talking to each other in real, compassionate, and accountable terms. I believe that the culture of silence around race relations compounds the issue. Silence makes our society a more accessible hiding place for those who chose to be racist as others can guess about their intentions and we continue having our isolated perspectives of the Black/White experience in America. Research shows that by Kindergarten kids have a perspective of race (good/bad/better.) I fully support requiring explicit teaching of race relations in early education. Over 200 years of racism and confusion is enough!

  • The “Stand your Ground” law needs some refinement, if not repeal. At the very least, this case will probably hold that a legally armed citizen cannot be an aggressor. If Zimmerman was pursuing Trayvon aggressively, he’ll probably be found guilty of homicide in some degree. If Zimmerman had lost sight of Trayvon and was just wandering around calmly, and was then attacked by Trayvon, he might be acquitted. If nobody can prove what actually happened, expect chaos in the courtroom.

  • I am a mother of a young son and it scares me everyday that he can lose his life by the color of his skin and the way he dresses. Many people have lost their lives for ignorance and is truly appalling and sad. Sadly, this incident is nothing new police in California some years ago shot a young black woman sleeping in her car because she scared them. How, about when you hear a friends family member was shot by someone for the color of their skin. America is getting worse we are showing our hatred for people of Non-Anglo SAxon descent. Look at the way they ridicule, and speak about the President. America needs to wake up and stop because people of other Nations are watching and using this as an excuse to committs acts of violence against our country. Because they know we don’t even know how to treat each other or tolerate people who look different.

    • I said the very same thing to some California police in our small town when my son was stopped for the huge crime of…get this…jaywalking. I was called at home and asked if could identify some marks on his body. The caller did not choose to inform me that my minor son was being held on the corner across the street and as a parent would I kindly come and get him. No, I was just asked if I could give identifying marks – I thought he was found dead somewhere. Long story short. I ended up complaining to the sergant who wanted to spend his time telling me how much danger cops are in and did I want a ride along? Uh, no thanks. I didn’t know the word “profiling” at that time but I tried to describe how he had been judged based on his appearnance and I told him I worry every time my son walks out of the door, because all I needed was an APB out on someone who robbed a liquor store and although the descrption would not match my son, he would be stopped (as would all black men on the street). And what would happen next is he would probably want to talk back (Why are you stopping me?!. I didn’t do anything!) so some rookie cop could shoot him because he thought he saw something flash in his hand. I couldn’t send him to the store without worrying about him. And having Al Sharpton conducting a protest wouldn’t do a darn thing for me. I called back the individual who had called me asking for identifying remarks and told him in no uncertain terms that if my minor son had been white, he would have identified himself as calling from the police department and explained to me what was going on. He tried to tell me I was making it about race. My response is it is *always* about race because you would have treated this differently otherwise. I once stopped him at the age of 12 from walking out of the house with a red plastic water gun because I was afraid someone would call the cops and he could get shot while playing a game with other kids. I doubt white mothers worry that their sons will get shot on the street for the color of their skin – but we do. And now we don’t have to just worry about the cops shooting our sons but ordinary citizens. If black cops were shooting white suspects at the rate that white cops shoot black ones, the entire justice system would be shut down until some radical changes were made. It simply would not be tolerated. Oh, and last, the cops thought he was in a gang because all black boys are in a gang. Uh, no (never), he was walking home from a friend’s house. He could have died right there on the corner across from his home, while I was there taking nap. He’s a adult now, but I still worry.

  • My response to the question as to why the Trayvon, Zimmerman case
    perceived my many as a “white on Black Crime” in my opinion is because of the facts of the case as know it via the media, e.g.
    Trayvon Martin was a Black person, George Zimmerman is a man of
    mix racial origin, e.g. Latino mother and white father. Within our current society, white people are still considered the predominant race, so what else would you consider Zimmerman as being. Additionally, all of the prior tape recordings from Zimmerman to the police and 911, he always referred to other men in his neighborhood that he was profiling as “suspicious looking Black men” which indicates to me that he himself made the racial distinction, in other words Zimmerman did not consider himself as being ethnic.

  • I will chime in where I suspect others have gone before. If the roles were reversed in that, an African American male had gunned down a white teen in a hoodie, that Brother would have been in jail hours after the incident, his bail would have bee set impossibly high, which of course ensure his stay indefinitely! Law enforcement wouldn’t have needed the amount of time it spent scratching its collective butt to have turned over heaven and hell, seeking the smallest amount of (dirt) official name evidence, to use against the Brother.

    The white youth would have never been thought to be a threat to anyone so, that card would never have been played and some nonsensical argument would have been stated to show why the Brother wasn’t entitled to the ‘Stand Your Ground” law in Florida, such as…..well, but was he really standing his ground, if he was following the innocent teen?

    On & on & on, because that’s the way it is in AMERICA! Institutional racism still exist in this country, tis not as bad as years gone by but….IT AIN’T OVER, EITHER….NOT BY A LONG SHOT!

    Finally, as for Florida and other states, Stand Your Ground laws, when bad laws are enacted, eventually what comes forth are terribly bad results….case in point…..Rest In Peace….Trayvon….Rest In Peace!

  • This is what I want to say. I enjoyed all the comments I read, some I agree with and others….well….One thing everyone needs to understand is that this country has a history of being racist. When the colonist came from England, they brought it with them. The white culture is the dominant group which controls everything. Blacks, Hispanics, Japanese, Chinese, we have no say in what the dominant group does. This behavior has been handed down from generation to generation. The dominant white group has made it very clear that Blacks or anyone that’s not white has no voice, no matter what we do. If we do decide to stand up and voice an opinion, they rush to shut us up and then enact laws to prevent us from speaking out against the dominant group. How do I know, I’ve done research about it, and I’m amazed on how deep the roots go for racism. It’s just something that’s a part of American culture.

  • Luke, gonna throw the BS flag on you…no one knows what happened that night outside of George and Trayvon (dead)…it is telling when you address George Zimmerman as “Zimmerman” but you address Trayvon Martin as “Trayvon.” Regardless if George did approach Trayvon, Mr. Martin has no right to attack George. I cannot see Trayvon attacking George if a weapon was displayed so it appears that Trayvon approached George (as he admitted to police) to call him out and things went down hill from there. From what I can glean from your bio, you have no credible background when it comes to criminal justice statistics and race…you are a trustee of Bennett College and it appears to be your only brush with people of color so I am at a loss where your expertise comes from. Everyone is quick to find a scapegoat for the failings of a community, i.e. race…and it is the race that has failed themselves. Wedlock births, failure to address the root causes (drugs, black on black crime, pitiful graduation rates) cannot be blamed on society. Having worked 15+ years in law enforcement, 3 years dealing with child support enforcement, and now working with juvenile probationers, at some point in life, a person/race will pick his or herself by the bootstraps and be a success. Stop being a part of the problem with your apologist attitude…

    • Luke Visconti

      Trayvon wasn’t doing anything wrong. Zimmerman put himself in harm’s way against the wishes of law enforcement. If someone attacked me like that, I’d like to think that I’d control myself, but if I were having a bad day, I might try to strike out. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • Great analysis of the true underlying issues involved in this case. Zimmerman was armed and was clearly the aggressor. You are right that this still occurs on a daily basis all over the country. Zimmerman provoked this incident by his own actions and shoulve been charged with manslaughter but because of a lack of moral courage, he was initially set free. Kudos to the media and to social networks for highlighting this injustice for the world to see.

  • I have to agree with Mr. Martin. if Trayvon were White, this would not have happened. If he were White, Trayvon probably would have walked home and avoided a conflict with Zimmerman. Instead, Trayvon was filled with Black Racism, Anger, and Hatred of the White Man, and Trayvon committed a crime. Trayvon called Zimmerman a racist name, punched his nose and pounded his head into the ground.

    • Luke Visconti

      I’d imagine it must be comforting, in a small-minded way, to be able to frame the entire world through a lens of unidimensional bigotry. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • Read all the posts, most are jumping to conclusions based on their own hate for another group.
    The jury had to consider only one thing, did GZ feel like his life was in danger when TM was sitting on him, hitting him in the face and slamming his head into the sidewalk.
    How they got there does not matter, after all, had GZ not gotten out of bed that morning, he never would have met TM. But he did get up so he is therefore a racist.
    Had TM not gotten kicked out of school, he would not have been there—I am only glad most of you are not on the jury. GZ and others would be strung up from the nearest lamp post.

    • The problem with comments like these is that they dismiss what Zimmerman himself said and did.
      I just don’t know how people believe Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin punched and slapped him about 25 times each. He slammed his head repeatedly, He jumped out from behind some bushes and attacked him while Zimmerman himself said that he saw the young man and walked towards him. Martin also pinched his nose and covered him mouth. He also went for a black gun at night that was in Zimmermans waist at his back. Martin also told him that he was going to die tonight. If we add all of that up, we have a situation that really makes no sense at all. Zimmerman knew what to say, thus he was told he was going to die and the kid was reaching for his gun, so he had to shoot him.

      And the question is still to be answered, what was Zimmerman doing for two minutes. Why didn’t he get back to his car after “looking for an address”? Do people really believe he did not go looking for the kid.

      Lastly, just becuause you get beaten up, it does not mean you did not start the fight. Zimmernans wounds mean nothing as far as how the fight started. How was on top means nothing either . The issue is he murdered the kid so we have no idea.

      What a sad state of affairs that we are in. Judge someone incorrectly, gun them down and the right all but make a parade and drag the young man through the mud even thought Zimmerman was the one who was in trouble with the law on more than one occasion.

      Sick as heck.

      • Luke Visconti

        People who are driven to defend Zimmerman are motivated by a very organized messaging campaign that caters to racist tendencies. We’ve had dozens of comments (which I didn’t post) that were from different people (we track IP addresses) yet had the same points. In my opinion, the gun lobby is behind this. The combination of “Stand Your Ground” laws and “Shall Issue” concealed-weapons permits have sparked a huge sales boom in handguns. The gun industry turns out new models weekly and is very good at selling the latest-greatest to men. It even works for illegal gun users: The murders occurring in our inner-cities are done with the latest model handguns—purchased illegally, most through straw buyers—and the gun manufacturers could tell us exactly where they were sold and which gun dealers do the most bulk sales. It’s all about money. Luke Visconti, CED, DiversityInc

  • Ado Christian

    This site blocks comments that are controversial. Not much room for discussion here. I won’t be back for any more of your censorship. Have fun preaching to your own choir, people.

    • Luke Visconti

      We receive comments from a seemingly endless pool of sad little trolls. I will not allow this publication to be used. Many publications limit comments for the same reason Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • How do we get the people who rallied for Trayvon Martin to rally behind the white boy who was brutally beaten on a school bus by 3 black boys? Surely they are disgsted by this blatantly racist behavior.

    • Luke Visconti

      How was that “racist”? The child who was beaten up told school officials (properly) that his three assailants were dealing drugs. That’s why he got a beat down. The school officials who allowed this to happen deserve to be fired. BTW, just because Fox tells you to do something doesn’t mean you can’t think for yourself. Now here’s a question for you: How do we get you to rally behind reforming gun laws in the wake of Sandy Hook? Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

      • Isn’t black on white crime racist? What about the Australian man who was shot by three black youths while jogging? Is that racist? Wouldn’t it be called racist if three white youths shot a black jogger for entertainment? Am I racist for asking these questions? It’s very difficult to tell how the “diversity” ideology addresses questions like these. It’s almost like any crime a white person commits where the victim is a minority is racist but any crime a minority person commits against a white person is just another crime. That seems racist to me.

        As for Sandy Hook, which proposed gun laws would have prevented a scheming person from stealing legally owned guns, murdering the gun owner, and then shooting innocent children and teachers? Theft and murder are already crimes. So was carrying a firearm onto school property. He probably also drove with a loaded rifle in his car which is illegal in most places. What exactly are you proposing on top of those laws?

        • Luke Visconti

          Black-on-white crime (in this country) can be bigoted, but not racist. It could also just be crime. You’re not a racist for asking the question, but your tone may lead people to conclude you’re a racist for asking the question in certain way. For example, you’re commenting on an article about Trayvon Martin’s murder and using the Australian jogger as a way to attempt to build an equivalent argument. One has nothing to do with the other, and your use as such to promote a point of view can lead people to think you’re a racist. At the very least it’s grossly insensitive. I realize false equivalencies are promoted on a daily basis on Fox News, but there are repercussions in the workplace (and in your personal relationships) for parroting what you hear there. My hunch is that you’re an intentional—a troll. You’re using an intimidating email like “jumpkickjon” but your IP address tells me you sent this from work (the company name is attached to the IP address). On the off chance that you’re not a troll, please understand that’s how you come across.

          Regarding Sandy Hook, my comments should be taken with this context: I’m a master-rated rifleman, received an expert medal for pistol shooting in the Navy and am pretty handy with a shotgun. That said, people should be responsible for the storage of their firearms as a responsibility inherent of the people being a “well regulated militia.” Under no circumstance should an assault weapon be accessible to a person with known mental-health issues like Adam Lanza. In my opinion, society should not allow people to have their own discretion about this—just as we have regulations concerning automobile licenses. Proper and secure storage is the very basis of an “armory” in the pre-Revolutionary War context. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • Why is the rare instance of a black as the victim of a violent crime by another race constantly shoved down our throats, while we never hear anything about the thousands of white women who are raped, murdered, or both by black males each year? I know why, and so does Luke..but do you anti-whites know? You are being patronized by the devil, please come to your senses. Why do you non-whites allow yourselves to be patronized by liberal scum? Don’t you realize they are only using you as tools to turn what used to be prosperous nations into debt riddled communist cesspools.

    Africa for Africans, Asia for Asians, White countries for EVERYONE..until the whites are affirmative actioned out of existence. This is genocide. Luke Visconti and his puppet masters are genocidal marxist pieces of filth and as sure as the sky is blue they distain you non-whites more than any of the ‘racists’ or ‘white supremecists’ or ‘nazis’ or whatever the controlled media brainwashes you into believing who your real enemy is. Your real enemy is people like Luke Visconti, who patronize you and view you as nothing more than a means to an end. The end is not good for any of us, especially you genocidal lunatic. You are a race baiter and lower than a worm’s belt buckle. You instigate conflict between is your job..and you know it. How does it feel to make a living off degeneracy? You racial tension instigating, lying, deceptive, calculated sociopath.

    Non-whites..please, use your senses. Please have more pride in yourselves than to allow liberals and marxists patronize you. You are only being used by them as a means to an end, or for personal gain..not your own benefit. Oh who am I kidding..of course you won’t let this through Luke. I would say I’ll see you in hell..but only one of us is going there and it isn’t me.

    • Luke Visconti

      I’ll let this one through as a teachable moment: When you heard Donald Trump question the President’s birth certificate; when you heard Larry Pratt say African (immigrants) don’t have the “surliness” of African-Americans; when white Americans cheered the acquittal of George Zimmerman after being fed a sub-rosa diet of character assassination against Trayvon—always keep in mind that this white-supremacist, neo-Nazi philosophy is at the core of it. This website is bombarded by it, and I’m sure many of you have seen unmoderated mainstream-publication websites bombarded with these messages. Why would a hater spend their time doing this? They’re being directed. This is organized. The talking points are in alignment. It drifts over into your workplace as the folks who read the websites that have names which include “patriot” in them expound on the “knowledge” they’ve picked up. It drags down your workforce, makes people hate going to work and destroys productivity. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • The mere fact that you capped “mixed race” & several other phrases gives a tone of defensiveness & justification.

    I don’t think anyone believes all whites are bad or evil. But the murder of this young man, Martin, and now 2 more murdered leans heavily toward Mr. Visconti’s statement about “legalized lynching”.

  • Black on white crime can be racist same as the other way around. The race and color issue are not a one way street. It appears that people responding here that have a different point of view from Luke’s are attacked, even when they’re being polite. Luke you seem to be very uncomfortable with honest and open dialogue, you’re more hostile than my black friends when we have conversations. I’m not a troll either, just being frank.

    • Luke Visconti

      You’re wrong. They can be bigoted, not racist—racism goes from powerful to less powerful.

      And wrong again, some things are so offensive they deserve a decisive response.

      Perhaps you’re mistaking “polite” with a lack of confidence in your intelligence. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

      • Leon Trotsky created the term “Racist/Racism” — it is a made up term.
        It has NO history BEFORE the Bolshevik-Communist takeover of Russia – it was used as an “Iron Fist” against the Christians and Patriots of Russia.

        How funny that YOU are continuing in their footsteps – or how appropriate?

        • Luke Visconti

          This is a traditional rant of neo-Nazis. Actually French Count Arthur de Gobineau invented the modern myth of the Aryan master race in his 1853 essay “An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Race.” He advanced a theory that race mixing leads to chaos, a theory advanced today on almost all white-supremacist and neo-Nazi websites as well as by tired old racists like Pat Buchanan.

          So, heil imbecile! “Lou,” try again. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • I read a great article yesterday about the prevalence of the term “white privilege” as if due to the color of our skin we are all the same. Basically, that is a racist concept is it not? I understand where it comes from, but I don’t think it is fair as not all white people bear the same level of privilege. More importantly it stands to minimize what so many of us have sacrificed and done to get where we are today. It basically says, you’ve earned nothing and it’s all been given to you due to your race. I’m sorry, but that just is not the case. It is a generalization which is what causes, racism. A generalization of one race…

    Can we all be held accountable due to the distorted and ignorant views of others? Is that a fair way to do things? When we talk about diversity, lets talk about the diversity within races and stop pretending all white people are the same or treated the same. That is just not the case, nor has it ever been in the history of this earth!

    Beyond that, I agree with the many points you make but to blame white privilege for the fear of arresting/prosecuting a case that can’t be won is also off base. This is an issue with our SYSTEM, not our colors. It is a political mess within a legal system which needs to be separated out from politics at some point or this type of thing will always continue.

    • Jason, your frustration at feeling like all whites are being blamed for the racism of a few whites is understandable. However, a clearer understanding of the “white privilege” is required. In essence, “white privilege” is about being given respect, deference and service by others – without harassment or discrimination – based solely on being a white person. The sad thing is, most white people aren’t even aware that they have this privilege and just calmly go about their business completely unaware that it is a constant dynamic that impacts their daily lives. White privilege not about blaming white people; it’s about respecting, defering to and serving all white people regardless of whether they are racist or not. Hopefully, that makes sense to you.

      • Really?
        Wow, so my “PRIVILEGE” in this country is so great I should just ignore how I was treated? In middle school with people from minority groups STEALING my LUNCH, STEALING my MONEY, GOING THROUGH MY BACKPACK, HITTING me in the back of the head with objects, and making jokes at White people’s expense because they knew we couldn’t do s**t.

        Going onto high school and having to worry that I might be JUMPED because they liked my shoes, my coat, or just wanted to kick a White person’s @ss???

        You people have a serious mental illness.
        Oh by the way it wasn’t Christianity or Islam that allowed slavery – it was the “other” Abrahamic religion. University level courses sure are grand, so is the ability to use a CRITICAL MIND, something that seems to be lacking in ‘our society’.

        • Luke Visconti

          You say your first name is Lou, yet your email address is “nerdgirl.” You’re extrapolating schoolyard issues to condemn millions of people and WE have mental problems? No wonder you’re a neo-Nazi.

          Can you explain why a good percentage of racists have Charter Communications accounts? It’s the oddest thing. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

    • Rosa Williams

      Hello Jason, I agree with some your comments. I do not agree that the system is not about color, that is not to say that whites have not had bad treatment within the system but overall people of color have had much more! The countries history clearly proves that.

  • What do Tim Wise, Abby Ferber, Luke Visconti have in common?

    How is it that so many “Anti-Whites” come from a population that only consists of 2% of the USA’s population? It’s rather interesting. One might wonder if all three’s forefathers were from “Eastern Europe”..? I wonder if McCarthy ever had to monitor their activities…?

    To be a race traitor is nothing to be proud of, and teaching other races that they have the RIGHT to be proud of their accomplishments all the while degrading another race and screaming of racism is pure duplicity.
    But then, you’re people have always been known for their duplicity.

    Just an FYI the term “Racist/Racism” was created by Leon Trotsky to use AGAINST the Christians and Patriots of Russia.
    It was never a “real” term, and it still isn’t.

    The only followers this site could possibly bring in are those completely oblivious to world history from all sides, and have a true lack of understanding of WHO all the players were on the “worlds stage” — this man should be shunned for continuing and spreading IGNORANCE.

    • Luke Visconti

      This is a traditional rant of neo-Nazis. Actually French Count Arthur de Gobineau invented the modern myth of the Aryan master race in his 1853 essay “An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Race.” He advanced a theory that race mixing leads to chaos, a theory advanced today on almost all white-supremacist and neo-Nazi websites as well as by tired old racists like Pat Buchanan. Luke Visconti, CEO, DiversityInc

  • Rosa Williams

    I read all of the replies and found it all very interesting and sad. It looks like everyone can see and admit to the racist problems that still exist. The reality is that it is easier to look at all the wonderful differences in nature/ life on the planet and love it than it is to do the same with humanity, to me that means we have a flaw, not something born within us but imposed upon us.The saddest thing of all is that there is no easy fix.

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