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I want to write about race. Yet I don’t enjoy writing about the latest trend or latest hot issue, which is what race relations is right now the “recent news”. It’s unfortunate that race relations only comes into spotlight every once in awhile when a big national headline grabs our attention. It’s unfortunate race relations is considered a hot topic, that gets it 5 min segment on Good Morning America for a few days and is forgotten until the next big race issue.
The USA’s society has gone at each other recently ever since last Saturday night’s ruling of the Zimmerman trial. After reading point of views from friends of mine about the issue, it is becoming clear that the issue is not at all truly understood. In a certain regards the ruling more than anything fragmented and polarized the nation further.
Many people believe that Zimmerman was justified in killing Trayvon Martin (TM) in self defense. That is okay with me, people can think what they want, I try not to forcefully persuade people one way or another. They believe that the case ends there, a man was threatened and killed a person out of it.
Another faction of the nation is (of which I belong to..duh) seeing this as an attack of people of color and their humanity.
It doesn’t end there either. Last Tuesday during the MLB all star game, Marc Anthony sang ‘God Bless America’ after the 7th inning. I don’t really listen to Marc Anthony but I know his voice is incredible and he did an amazing rendition. Yet I knew that as he was singing, twitter was lighting up with extremely racist comments. http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/55715208108/baseball-fans-super-angry-hispanic-american-superstar
Both occurrences are proof of this fragmentation in America. There are people like me, people of color, and there are white Americans. It seems that you either fall into one or the other. It also seems that wherever you lie you receive advantages or disadvantages. If you are black teenager walking alone you have the disadvantage of being considered a criminal. If your R’s roll and you have a nice tan you must be south of the border.
This fragmentation and labeling does not need to exist. We all breathe the same vital element to live right? Aren’t all of us born within our countries boundaries predecessors of all kinds of immigrants? We all fall in love and hurt when that drug is over. We are all American’s and regardless of color we are protected by Bill of Rights and considered equal.
You might have read/heard the same sphell about a million times in the past few weeks. I hope the point sticks, because as a nation we have a tendency to forget all the kind words to come together. We all forget how alike we are in our day to day lives, that white dude in jorts on the subway might be another broke college kid who is living the struggle like me.
That is the problem with racial relations being the “latest hot topic”. It only comes into the national conversation when something is gone wrong and we start reacting to the news differently. Some say racial relations are at an all time high right now, and they might be, but only because we let it be. Everyday discussion and understanding of how similar we are regardless of our pigmentation is the only manner to get over this.
If Zimmerman had only thought of himself as a teenager and how TM might have felt if someone was stalking him, perhaps things would have gone differently. If we all understood each other more than perhaps we would be grieving together instead of arguing for different factions.