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28 Mar 2012

Christopher Bird:

Now – were I black and in America, I would be perpetually pissed off to begin with, because it’s quite evident that being black in America means you get a different set of rules than, say, white people do.

I have not written about Trayvon Martin because I have no words with which to express the anger that I feel. An unarmed black kid was shot and murdered by a twenty-something racist. Unless Trayvon came after Zimmerman1, unless Trayvon had a gun2, there is no word to describe what happened other than “murder”. If the facts are in dispute it is a matter for the courts yet, somehow, this event has become a matter of politics and polarization.

How can there be anything to argue over? A child was killed.

  1. He didn’t.

  2. He didn’t.