I go to Twitter this morning to see #TravyvonMartinStory trending as a hashtag.
Oh dear sweet baby Jesus, why?
Tonight is the premier on BET of a documentary Trayvon Martin: Rest in Power.
— ESSENCE (@Essence) July 27, 2018
I’m tempted to DVR it and watch it just to see what kind of bullshit is says.
So going through the Twitter response to this, I come across this Tweet:
— HOMS (@Apope1961) July 27, 2018
That leads to this:
Here's why Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law is racist AF. pic.twitter.com/ZmA06ImIle
— AJ+ (@ajplus) July 25, 2018
So Markeis McGlockton is the next Trayvon Martin.
That led to this Tweet:
Bro was defending his queen. Dude couldn’t stand being put in his place. Push or not I bet bro would’ve still been shot. Because the bully was suddenly scared. He had balls ten seconds ago. Then cops would’ve used the word aggressive ten times.
— Eric Jerome Dickey (@EricJDickey) July 25, 2018
I haven’t touched on this shooting yet, but now I am.
It was a dubious shoot. The old man got shoved off the pavement onto the ground. In the video it didn’t look like McGlockton was going to make a second attack on the old man once he was on the ground.
But what I did notice from quite a number of the “SYG is racist” tweets as well as from the pro-Trayvon Martin supporters is a blind eye to the issue of escalation.
Why is it normal and acceptable in black culture to respond to words with violence?
Trayvon Martin didn’t like being followed so he beat up Zimmerman. McGlockton didn’t like that an old man yelled at his girlfriend for illegally parking so he shoved an old man.
The problem isn’t that McGlockton shoved and old man in a parking lot, it’s that the old man shot McGlocton.
Maybe it’s the very definition of white privilege, but insult me or curse at me, and I’m going to walk away. It’s not worth fighting over.
“It’s not right that my homie got shot just because my homie took a swing that guy because that guy insulted him.”
How about “don’t take a swing at a person because they insulted you.” That seems like a better starting point than “SYG is racist.”
Maybe that’s the whole “SYG is racist” argument. It’s between people who think the line between acceptable and unacceptable behavior occurs between using words and taking a swing and those who think it is between taking a swing and taking a shot.
I want to see how this Rest in Power documentary covers this because it seems to be an insurmountable gulf between cultures.