This past Sunday, Jamie Foxx attended the BET awards show wearing a white t-shirt with an image of a white Trayvon Martin in a white hoodie. The LA Times reported that the t-shirt helped Foxx make a powerful, albeit silent, statement. Unfortunately for Foxx, however, he failed to sit back and watch the media expound on the profundity of the symbolic t-shirt, and instead explained to Yahoo what he was thinking:
- “The reason for the shirt is that I met his mom personally. So my thing is, it’s not political, it’s not left, it’s not right, it’s not black, it’s not white, this is about the kid. And so, 17 year old kid, I think he should be able to go home to where his father worked, to get into a nice place and that tragic thing happened — for all of us, no matter what color you are. I have kids [one who is] 19. I have a kid who’s 4. You want to protect them.”
How is it not political to wear an image of a black guy who was killed in a life-or-death struggle with an Hispanic guy who has been charged with murder, but claims self-defense?
Last night’s Bill O’Reilly show devoted a segment to Foxx’s fashion statement. One of O’Reilly’s guests, Monica Crowley, pointed out there is a double standard in America because a white actor would be vilified if he dared to wear a t-shirt in support of George Zimmerman. (Because Zimmerman is Hispanic, they should have referred to an Hispanic actor.) O’Reilly’s other guest, liberal stalwart Alan Colmes, conceded there is a double standard, but it is justified because of America’s historical repression of blacks. .
Trayvon apologists have argued that a young black man should be able to walk through a gated development at night with a dark hoodie and not be treated like a thug. They assure us that Zimmerman was engaged in racial profiling. But this thinking is a blatant example of political correctness. Our DNA causes us to act with concern and caution when exposed to potential danger. A young man in a hoodie walking at night obviously is going to draw concern from a Neighborhood Watch volunteer. The fact that Trayvon was black probably heightened Zimmerman’s concern, but to expect otherwise is Pollyannaish.