This is a comment by Eric M. on the post “Society Set Up Trayvon Martin“.
“Black boys? Glass wall. They don’t even hear me. Why am I telling you this? I need help. Presumptuous, insulting, stereotypical, even racist—I know. But what the heck. I have to try.”
Thank you for trying, and please don’t give up. Kids sometimes hear you years later but you’re not around for them to tell you they heard you. But, also high school is too late for many kids. Also, the problem is not yours. It is a centuries old systematic oppression and discrimination against of black males especially in the United States of America.
You are seeing evidence of fatigue and despair, just as was hoped for. Keep them down. This has successfully kept and torn black males down, damaged and destroyed generations of families, created often self-destructive anger and rebellion, which results in more despair. It is a cycle that will NOT be broken unless it is 1) acknowledged as having been caused by how this society has dealt with those men, and 2) taken action (not just words) to fix what it continues to tear up.
The sad reality is that those with voice, those who claim to care about the less fortunately, including those who claim to be for gender equality, have shown by never acknowledging what has and continues to happen, that black males are excluded from their concern. They are invisbile. Trayvon Martin doesn’t exist. The 256 black males that are murdered each week don’t exist. Providing evidence of your statement:
Hence, you will never see government funded programs, agencies, or legislation to correct that inequality and imbalance, expressly of the truth of your statement:
The black male is the cheapest life there is.
The white female is the most expensive life there is.
Again, had Trayvon Martin been a 17 year old white girl, would there have been an investigation without protest marches?
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