Best entries from ‘We are not Trayvon’ Tumblr
A new Tumblr has been started called ‘We are not Trayvon Martin’ in which people are uploading images and stories about themselves that illustrate how unlike Trayvon Martin they are – from white men to Asian women to moms and dads and college kids, none of them claim to be him, understand him or represent him. But they all express a similar sentiment: What happened to Trayvon Martin happens to too many black teens in the United States, and it simply isn’t acceptable. Following are a few of the many, many posts to the site. You can visit it and add your own story at: wearenottrayvonmartin.tumblr.com/
I am not Trayvon Martin. I am a straight white American man, afforded all of the exclusive privileges of the untouchable demographic. Straight. White. Man. That is how the world will always see me. This is the lens through which I will always see the world.
I am not George Zimmerman or the small-minded jury that relieved him of responsibility.
We cannot allow this tragedy to divide us. We must close the gap and work to understand each other. For all of the belittlement we could easily place at his feet of the ignorant, let us work to understand how men like George Zimmerman are made. How can we unmake those on the verge of becoming the next George Zimmerman? We can not undo what was done. We can only move forward.
Ignorance can not be beaten with hatred or fear.
It must see itself for what it is.
It must be subdued.
We must sing it to sleep.
Only we the outraged, we the indignant, we the bereaved, can show it the way, for the path of love is paved with our empathy.