This article about the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman made me blink. Several factors were quite startling.
"White Hispanic.” That’s how the New York Times, Reuters, and other media outlets have opted to describe George Zimmerman, a man who would simply be Hispanic if he hadn’t shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The term, rarely if ever used before this tragedy, is necessary in telling the Martin story in a more comfortable way.
What on earth is a white Hispanic??? Would it have been ok if a Brown Hispanic had killed Trayvon? Or how about a Black Hispanic?
Also, see these statistics
Martin’s tragic death is a statistical outlier. More whites are killed by blacks than blacks killed by whites (or “white Hispanics”). And far, far more blacks are killed by other blacks. Indeed, if we’re going to use the prism of race to analyze murder rates, then the real epidemic is that of black murderers. Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute notes that recent data show black males age 14 to 24 commit homicides at a rate nearly ten times higher than that of young white and Latino males combined. Surely that’s worthy of some soul-searching, too.
And in another killing, a black 17 year old man, Shawn Tyson, killed two white British youths. In the same state. But that wasnt newsworthy in the USA. More importantly, Barak Obama said nothing about this killing. Was this because the white men being killed arent as important?