After the court ruling on July 13 that acquitted George Zimmerman of murdering Trayvon Martin, hundreds and thousands of People of Color took to social networks like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr, to voice their disbelief on the court ruling and contempt for the American Justice System.
I followed suit with the contempt, but not with the disbelief, because, from the start, I knew the state court decision would favor Zimmerman. Even without any knowledge of the White Supremacist Justice System of America, anyone with common sense should have come to the conclusion that the ruling would favor Zimmerman based on the initial events that led to the case in the first place.
The night George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin, the law and Police Department favored George Zimmerman. This is why that night, Zimmerman had no charges brought against him and was allowed to go home a free man. I repeat, He had no charges brought against him and was allowed to go home a free man. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, it gets worse, it took a month—a whole month– before George Zimmerman was re-arrested by the police and charges were brought against him; and it was not because the system magically developed a conscience that he got re-arrested, no, it was because the pressure from Black America to bring charges against him was louder and more collective (and yes, it had to be louder and more collective or it would have been ignored).
So what does that tell any person about the fate of George Zimmerman already? If he was acquitted by the White Supremacist Police Department and the White Supremacist “Stand Your Ground” Law the night of the murder, why wouldn’t he be acquitted by the White Supremacist Justice Department? Or a bunch of white women who are so socially conditioned by White Supremacist racial narrative that they would clutch their purse if someone like Trayvon Martin walked passed them on the sidewalks?
In White Supremacist America, Black life has and is not valued. Plain and simple.
According to FBI’s 2011 Hate Crimes Statistics (which is probably not fully accurate since hate crimes are under reported and non violent microaggressions like profiling etc are not taken into account), the nation’s law enforcement agencies reported that there were 7,713 victims of hate crimes, and of these 7,713 victims, 47.4 percent of the victims were targeted because of the offender’s bias against a race, and of this 47.4 percent of victims targeted because of the offender’s bias against their race, 71.9 percent were victims of an offender’s anti-black bias. (x).
According to Amnesty International, A January 2003 study released by the University of Maryland concluded that race and geography are major factors in death penalty decisions. Specifically, prosecutors are more likely to seek a death sentence when the race of the victim is white and are less likely to seek a death sentence when the victim is African-American. (x)
In an AP survey done in 2011, 51 percent of Americans expressed explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. (x).
In 2001 C-SPAN held a panel with victims of racial profiling to speak about their experiences with law enforcement officials which can be seen here. And the summary of the discussions in that panel is that police brutality and profiling of non-white people, especially black people is still alive and well and the majority of American Society (or White America, specifically) is oblivious to it. NewsOne also has an investigative series on police brutality in Black America that can be read here.
Between widespread racial prejudice, vigilante terrorism or hate crimes, police brutality, and so many other racial grievances, it is overwhelmingly evident that Black life is not valued in White Supremacist America.
It is because of these facts that I am not surprised with the court rulings favoring George Zimmerman or even the Police Department’s handling of incident the night Trayvon was killed. But I am angry. I want things to change and I hope things change. However, every year Black Americans are reminded of how much the status quo is here to stay. This is why I am a Black nationalist and a firm believer in Black separatism as a means of self and culture preservation.
George Zimmerman’s acquittal will forever be a reminder to me (and should be a reminder to all Black Americans) that even in 2013, a Black American state is needed in America.