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George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin's Killer – Does race play a role, even though he’s not white?

Trayvon Martin racial profiling

Shooter, George Zimmerman & victim Trayvon Martin

Guest Post on Fox News Latino

fox news latino racial profiling trayvon martinRecently, there’s been a lot of debate about race since it was discovered that the 28-year-old George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, is not white but Hispanic…or so his family claims. Last week, Robert Zimmerman released his response to the increasingly racial climate surrounding his son’s actions, in a letter to the Orlando Sentinel: “George is a Spanish-speaking minority with many black family members and friends. He would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever.”

Read Robert Zimmerman’s Full Statement

This response concerns me on a number of levels. Why is the description so vague? Is George in fact Latino? If so, are we to believe then, that he can’t be racist because he’s not white? Is prejudice and discrimination restricted only to those who are direct European descendants?

Read the full story at Fox News Latino –  Trayvon Martin Case: Does Race Play a Role, Though Zimmerman’s Not White?


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  • Jeanette
    March 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I appreciated your article and I hope you get some attention to your blog through it.  It actually came up under Fox News Latino and I wanted to see if your article would cover this case very differently than Fox News, which has mostly avoided the racial issues entirely and turned this into (yet another) one of their conversations about gun control (which they almost always opposes.  Good job raising the issue of racial tensions between a variety of groups.  Some argue that racism can only be perpetrated by those with power and that Whites are the only ones in this society who truly wield power.  Societally, especially economically and in terms of political power, this is often the case.  But when looking down the barrel of a gun, I think the person holding the gun has a unique power advantage, if only for that moment.  In this case it was a pack of skittles versus a gun.  I think your article further leads us to the often avoided discussion of hate crimes and racial tensions existing among all cultural groups — Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, Blacks, Whites — it's there.  And it extends to hate between religious groups — Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews, etc.  The Southern Poverty Law Center does a great job tracking hate groups and hate crimes in this country.  Although the phenomenon of hate groups is barely mentioned, the preponderance of members are White and many say they are holding up American, Christian values.  If Zimmerman happens to be Latino and speaks Spanish and says he has Black friends, that still doesn't mean that he gets a pass.  According to his own recorded words, he clearly has many Blacks in a category that he despises.  Thanks for your article.

    • biculturalmom
      April 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      Hi Jeanette, thanks so much for your comment.  :)  Sorry I missed your comment, somehow this one slipped under my radar.  I'm so glad that you enjoyed the article and that you came by to share your thoughts.
      I totally agree with you that racism and prejudice extend to religion, especially since many consider that an ethnic marker more than just a social or cultural difference.
      On Bicultural Mom and my other site, Multicultural Familia, I try to shine a light on the race issue and acknowledge what others don't want to.  This was my first time on Fox News Latino and I'm glad that I was able to make some people think about this topic and also that there were so many readers who wanted and needed to hear what I wrote.  <3