Saturday, June 2, 2012

Trayvon Martin and selective outrage

I am not a big fan of the Bossip website: they have a tendency to complain about and perpetuate stereotypical images of black folks.

However, they posed an interesting question regarding Trayvon Martin's senseless killing that I wanted to share.

Remember the outrage over Mike Vick killing those dogs? Do you sense the same outrage over the death of Trayvon Martin? Because we don’t. Instead we see “Trayvon Martin” shooting range targets being sold, thousands of dollars being raised for George Zimmerman’s defense and people being upset that this story continues to make news.

Follow the link to vote on their poll.

At the same time, I have a question/challenge for our community: Do we care more about Trayvon Martin being killed by a non-black than we do about when Ray-Ray kills Deshawn? 

Because I do believe the outrage regarding Trayvon is well deserved, but I don't sense the same outrage over the thousands of senseless killing of young black males by other young black males.

Finally, if we fail to value the lives of these young black males, how can we expect so-called mainstream America to value the Trayvons?

I'm just asking...


  1. The question you posed is one I've been pondering myself. When I read about blacks being killed by blacks, it sickens me just as much as if the killer had been white. The one measure I can think of that would provide an answer to your question is if black on black crime got national news coverage. Then we'd see if blacks overall were engaging in selective outrage.

  2. Malcolm that's a good point. There are a lot of grassroot folks who work to alleviate this sickness from the community and do not get national news coverage. In fact, I highlighted example: the Detroit 300 - check out these brothers stepping up to the plate