I need everyone to stop comparing Trayvon Martin and OJ Simpson.
Period. The End. Cordially Yours.
These two things, are not the same.
Just because they are the only two high profile cases you can name that involved people of color and murder, doesn’t mean the parallels continue from there.
OJ Simpson- OJ Simpson was a football star who, perhaps, got jealous and killed his ex-wife and her new lover. Allegedly. I’m not saying it’s wrong or right- It just is what it is.
And yes, people of color celebrated when OJ got off and you know why? Because it felt like justice had been served. Yep. I said it. Whether OJ did it or not, it felt like scales tipping in the other direction for once. Because how often does the justice system screw over minorities, specifically African-American men? How often is the system rigged? How often is justice not served?
Now- for George Zimmerman and justice for Trayvon….
These tweets- these things happening on social media? They need to stop. They are race baiting and unfair and if we set aside the loss of lives that occurred in both cases couldn’t be more dissimilar.
George Zimmerman killed a child- a child who ran to the gas station for candy, an unarmed child who did nothing wrong besides get caught in the crossfire of our cultural bias with a nut job carrying a gun. Period.
And in all this hullabalu- as we make ourselves busy with questions of our justice system, as we try to simplify what happened with cheap shots and too easy parallels- let’s try not to forget that.