Why being a black person in America is still bad news
IF you want to know what it’s like to be a black person living in America in 2013 you need look no further than Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander.
Trayvon we’re pretty sure you’ll have heard of – he was the little 17-year-old black lad shot dead by alleged racist Neighbourhood Watch guy George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of doing anything wrong under Florida’s Stand Your Ground rule.
That was the same rule Marissa Alexander relied on after she fired warning shots in an attempt to stop her violent husband attacking her and threatening their 11-year-old daughter.
No-one was injured. No one died. But Marissa, who is black, was jailed for 20 YEARS.
It beggars belief that anyone in Florida cannot see the enormous travesty of justice that these verdicts and sentences reveal. But we suspect that there are some who can see nothing wrong and wonder what the fuss is about.
The acquittal of Zimmerman has sparked riots and demonstrations coast to coast across America – no violence can be condoned but this outpouring of frustration and anger is entirely understandable.
It’s clear being a black person in America is still very different to being a white person.
Which proves that the Civil Rights movement is as far away from equality as it was in the days when the Ku Klux Klan was at the height of its powers.
And all this on a black President’s watch. We wonder if anyone over there gets the irony. We doubt it.