Sophomore student Beverly Fonkwo was walking home with her friend when a group from the fraternity group’s house began to throw items at them. When Fonkwo and her friend asked them to stop twice, Fonkwo said the group continued to toss the objects and responded by saying, “Come up here, Trayvon” and other racial comments.
“I feel like it was targeted and racially motivated, we felt very threatened,” Fonkwo told the Daily Sun. “Meanwhile, the assailants were just laughing at the whole situation until we called the police and then they ran inside.”
Context is everything.
If we were to behave the way bigots do, we would assume that every other student at Cornell must think as this person does, right? Because that's exactly the kind of thinking behind the argument that in this Post Trayvon America Ethnic Kids Shouldn't Wear Hoodies For their own Protection!
They just might get "Trayvoned" y'know?
This is the argument made by a School Superintendent who fired a teacher who was trying to organize a Traymon Martin Fundraiser by letting her students wear hoodies for an hour.
This is the thinking of Miami-Dade Fire Captain who said this.
I am my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are the victims of racits profiling or products of their failed, shitbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents.
This guy didn't have to say the N-word. We know what he means. I've seen what he means first hand. I've even found myself saying- about my own black people - "Damn, Some of them just have got too much Nigra-tude".
By which I mean, they've given in to self-destruction and self-defeat.
Then again, you could say that about a lot of people - not just black people.
When someone is hugging you, slapping on the back or giving you some DAP (as they used to call it before Fox dubbed it the "Terrorist Fist Jab") - what you say, has to make sense with what you're doing at the time.
These days what we might reflexively call "Racism" isn't anything of the kind per se. Having a generalized difference of opinion about a broad swath of people isn't the same thing as being a bigot. It's a generalized opinion. Everyone has opinions, everyone - I mean EVERYONE - makes generalizations. We get into problems when we start thinking the generalization is more important than the specifics of a person or situation, when we start thinking we know facts about someone generally - THAT. WE. DON'T. KNOW. SPECIFICALLY!
Real Racism, is Racial Terrorism. It's Fear. It's Paranoia. It's Intimidation. It's manipulation. And sometimes - it leads to violence and murder.
It's more than just a single offhand comment. It's a pattern of behavior. It's a self-sustaining system of false belief, thinking that you know something for "a fact" about someone that you don't, and then excusing your ignorance on the basis of fear.
"Gee, if I was wrong about that scary black kid - I'd be dead now. Better safe than sorry" - Yeah, right, but it always seems like the parents and friends of the dead black kids are usually the sorry ones. Also - presuming that someone has crossed the street to avoid you - (an event that was the basis for the Living Colour song "Funny Vibe") - is assuming something you don't know too. Are they avoiding you out of fear, or is it something else? Your presumption is about them is just as bad as their presumption about you, isn't it?
When I was younger I sometimes used to cross the street and ignore/avoid some white people just so they wouldn't have the excuse to cross the street to avoid me first. I wasn't assuming they were racist, I was taking away their FEAR CARD - before they had a chance to play it. I was non-verbally saying "I don't care about you, I'm not Stalking You, I got my own shit to do. You're irrelevant to me." How frelled up is that?
If you're screaming at someone, threatening them, demeaning them, and in the middle of it you call them "Buddy", "Pal", "Homeboy", "Bro" (GOD, I hate that one!) or now - "Trayvon".
That someone better watch their ass, now matter how you call them "nice" things. I'm just saying.
Incidentally I just helped put up a Store Page for a site selling Trayvon Merch, this person Dawn Haynes has indeed made connections with the Martin Family to ensure they receive the money and has done some networking and events with Rev. Sharpton. Pass it along.