Why be­ing a black per­son in Amer­ica is still bad news

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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.

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