Half Staff for Trayvon?

14 07 2013
Taken 7/13/13 11:54pm San Francisco

Taken 7/13/13 11:54pm San Francisco

George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin tonight, by a jury where five of the six jurors were white, and none were black.   (Not unlike the racial dynamics of the Asian Art Museum’s current Proximities 1 exhibition, which considers the question “What is Asia?” with a roster of seven local artists, six of whom are white.)  Because what Richard Dyer pointed out almost twenty years ago remains a dominant perception today, in our so-called ‘post-racial color-blind’ culture:  white people are just people, but raced people can only speak for their race.

As the Nation magazine reports in “White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman,” a black man is killed by law enforcement or security guard every 28 hours (the frequency is only increasing:  last year it was 36 hours).

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