To the Editor:
I am writing regarding the event, Sunday, July 30, 2013, in Forney between George Zimmerman and a Texas officer.
The officer’s dashcam shows Mr. Zimmerman stopped for speeding. He revealed to the officer that he had a gun in his vehicle.
The officer identified Mr. Zimmerman as a white male. George self-identifies as Hispanic.
The officer asked George where was he going and he responded, “nowhere in particular”; he also asked the officer if he recognized him.
You got to be kidding! A “white” man speeding with a gun in his vehicle going nowhere in particular?
He was given a courtesy warning and drove off.
Let me give you Trayvon’s reality and most men of color. The officer would have approached the vehicle with hand on gun, looked suspiciously in the vehicle and if the person in question revealed he had a weapon, he would have been asked out of the car, searched, maybe shot and definitely given a ticket for speeding.
We as a country should be outraged at the double standards and overt racist acts toward people of color, especially men.
How many more will be shot while someone stands their ground?
Let’s dismiss the black-on-black crime as a reason why a black life is disposable since statistically white-on-white crime is more prevalent.
There is something dreadfully wrong when an armed “white man” can speed down a Texas highway and get nothing but a warning while people of color are shot unarmed on sidewalks, sitting in cars, waiting for a train, driving home or to work.
Is our skin so thin regarding race that when we get the opportunity for the oppressed to express what they live everyday of their lives that they are literally silenced?
Trayvon Martin’s murder was a travesty but so was the editorial decision to print only two letters regarding Trayvon Martin which had everything to do with race. If not now, when?
Patricia Muldrow Roberts