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Best entries from ‘We are not Trayvon’ Tumblr

July 15, 2013
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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. 

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.

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  • Not Me, Brother

    I am not Travon Martin because I do not have an attitude, I do not smoke pot, I do not fight with people just for the hell of it. I am not Travon Martin because if I am wearing a dark hoodie on a rainy night and a neighborhood watch person stops me I am going to identify myself, tell the where I live, and, if necessary, wait there until the police arrive. I am not going to attack anybody for asking me why I am there in those circumstances. I am not Travon Martin because I respect other people and don’t call white people “crazy assed crackers.” I have never been suspended from school or have never been in trouble with the law before. No I am not Travon Martin and I am proud of it.

  • YouveGOTtobekiddingme

    What case did you watch NotMe,Brother? Zimmerman NEVER identified himself as neighborhood watch, or otherwise, he didn’t even speak to Trayvon at all. Zimmerman FOLLOWED Trayvon which was proven by his call to authorities. Wearing a hoodie on a rainy night is not a crime. Neither is walking home from 7/11 at 7:30pm through a neighborhood you have every right to be in. Not you, or I, or even Trayvon have any duty whatsoever to stop and identify yourself to a stranger who is following you to the point of RUNNING after you in the night. That’s our right as Americans – to live in a society where we are free to live without being accosted by someone who basically just doesn’t like the way you look. Everything else you mentioned about Travyon’s behavior or “attitude” is pretty much par for the course with any average teenager. Your attempt to demonize a minor in order to justify his death is sick. People like YOU are what is wrong with society today. No, you are NOT Trayvon Martin. You’re a simpleton making big tough accusations and assumptions for which you have no proof about a dead teenager from behind your computer screen. Congrats on your accomplishment.

    George Zimmerman is NOT innocent. He was not found “innocent”, he was found Not Guilty.,which means the state didn’t prove murder. It does not mean that he did not commit murder. It only means that he did a good job covering his tracks. He’s a liar and a coward and I for one hope he enjoys the paranoia he will no doubt suffer throughout the rest of his natural life. Enjoy your “freedom” Zimmy!

  • tasha

    I fully agree!!!!