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The black, white, and grey, of racism

"Demonstrators and members of the media gather outside of the courthouse on July 13. The jurors deliberated for more than 16 hours before delivering their verdict." (Source: CNN)

“Demonstrators and members of the media gather outside of the courthouse on July 13. The jurors deliberated for more than 16 hours before delivering their verdict.” (Source: CNN)

Activist Sonny Singh writes in The Huffington Post about the racial nuances in the George Zimmerman trial:

To really understand racism in the United States, we have to understand power. Racism is not just about attitudes; it is a system of oppression. What this means is that white people receive unearned privileges and advantaged simply because of the color of skin, while people of color are systematically disadvantaged and marginalized. That does not make the experiences of all people of color alike, nor does it mean that people of color cannot perpetuate racism, as in the case of George Zimmerman. In fact, we are often rewarded for doing so.

Sonny Singh also reflects upon the forms of bigotry that are often experienced — and perpetuated by — South Asian and Sikh culture. Read more here.

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2 comments

  1. Lori

    Sonny Singh’s last paragraph sums it up nicely for me: “Coming to terms with the fact that George Zimmerman is not simply a white man does not delegitimize the righteous rage we feel about the killing of Trayvon Martin. It does not undermine our argument that what happened last February had everything to do with racial profiling and the stereotype that young black men are inherently suspicious. But it does complicate an outdated black and white dichotomous way of thinking about race in the United States. We need a different approach if we truly intend to uproot racism from all levels of our society, our minds, and our hearts.”

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