@GlobalGrind's Michael D'Antuono! (@ArtAndResponse) wrote, "Racism's Big Comeback In America" below! Read it!
America is returning to what it once was. Unfortunately, I'm not
referring to its dominance as the world's only super power or its
economic peak, but rather its racist roots. How can I say that when we
have a (half) black president? Just check out this week's news.
The Supreme Court just undid 48 years of racial progress by dismantling
the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It took the great state of Texas less than
two hours to enact the most stringent voter ID law in the country. And
now they are working furiously at redistricting their voting maps to
further disenfranchise minorities. These measures were previously
considered in violation of the now defunct Voting Rights Act.
Turn the page of your newspaper (or nook) and you can read about the
George Zimmerman trial. Unless you are one of the 6 women jurors in the
case, you'll recall that an armed man (Zimmerman) told 911 that he was
pursuing an unarmed teenager (Trayvon Martin) who happened to have wound
up dead by Zimmerman's gun. He also happened to be black.
Incredulously, the police did not hold Zimmerman or even take his gun
until a month of public outrage embarrassed them into arresting him. Now
the prosecution is claiming self defense and trying to paint the
17-year-old victim as a dangerously aggressive drugged out hoodlum. I
admit that I've been accused of painting the situation too far in the
other direction in my piece "A Tale Of Two Hoodies." But then I'm an
artist visually representing the overall problem of racism, not a lawyer
in a court of law distorting facts to misrepresent the actual events.
The fact that Zimmerman called Martin "a suspicious person" with
nothing more to go on other than he was a black youth wearing a hood
suggests racial profiling by an individual. The fact that the police
initially chose not to even charge Zimmerman suggests racism in the
police force. The fact that the Supreme Court made it possible for
Texas, along with many other states, to create voting restrictions aimed
to suppress minorities from voting suggests a racist government. Sadly,
it seems America is becoming a shining example of backwards progress in
social and racial justice.