Dennis Trainor — a film maker, creator, host, writer, the Director of and a friend of mine AcronymTV — released the following video about the Trayvon Martin case. He views it through the lens of a reality very few are able to process.
Trainor is the Writer/Director of the feature length documentary on the Occupy Movement, American Autumn: an Occudoc. As such he is well aware of the racial and socio economic dynamics at play in this one case among many.
Early in the video Trainor makes a statement that should remove what many would want to characterize as some sort of misplaced guilt or ‘rose colored’ vision of country.
“High on the list on what killed Trayvon and what allowed his murderer to go free is the white privilege system of racism and oppression that this country was built upon and executes, pun intended, with full force in a slightly more nuance form today.
Before we go any further, I am aware that I am white and in many ways benefit from these systems of oppression that I am condemning. However I am not, to preempt the comments that will take up space on this topic, suffering for what you call white guilt. I see the world as it is. It is not an opinion.”
The video has a very deep message that many will resist and some will outright reject. After-all, are things not much better than before?
Why does the killing of one innocent young black teenage boy by a Hispanic White man become a cause célèbre when many young black teenagers are murdered by other black teenagers daily? The answer is simple, a broken social construct. Criminality is not sanctioned by the state. The Trayvon Martin verdict sanctions George Zimmerman’s behavior. Innocent black teenagers may have the option to move out of areas where criminality exists. They cannot move out of a society that sanctions their hue as a hazard to their own life.
Trainor puts the verdict’s message in a nutshell:
“Got that kids? When a racist vigilante packing heat profiles, stalks and kills you, it is your fault.”
Here’s the video: