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March 25, 2012

Trayvon Martin, Staying Alive, and some context

Filed under: Culture,Media — Mike Kueber @ 6:46 pm
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In the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing, an op-ed piece by someone called “Toure” in this week’s Time magazine suggested to black Americans “How to Stay Alive While Being Black.”  The piece was subtitled, “Eight talking points about the potentially fatal condition of being black.” 

Most of Toure’s points consisted of practical tips such as avoiding trouble-spots and defusing troublesome situations, but the underlying theme was that America is full of racists who continually profile and stereotype.  These people will perceive a violent thug when in fact all they see is a black male.

As I was reading “Toure’s” column, it occurred to me that I have not seen any context provided regarding the scope of this problem – i.e., vigilante, otherwise law-abiding types who profile an innocent black male and then commit violence.  I remember reading in the past about how relatively uncommon white-on-black violence is compared to black-on-black violence.  I also remember reading about good black kids being indiscriminately murdered by black gang members who resent the Uncle Tom good kids.

Maybe its time for the media to provide some context to the Trayvon Martin case.  I suspect the danger created by gang members is a thousand times greater than the danger from vigilantes.


  1. […] And it refers approvingly to a column in Time magazine by a guy named Toure (I recently blogged about the column) without considering the similarities between Rivera’s and Toure’s […]

    Pingback by Geraldo and hoodies « Mike Kueber's Blog — March 27, 2012 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  2. I hope this Commentary gets more attention. You are right. Time is still using the picture of 13 year old Trayvon — and calling it undated! What a crock.
    If every black person in the U.S. feels they are being profiled for ‘being black’ then imagine how many white people are being called racist just for “being white.”
    This article is hate-speech wrapped in a seemingly unassailable blanket of genocide protest.

    Comment by Jason — April 3, 2012 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

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