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Trayvon Martin Race Op Ed Professor Ediberto Roman

Trayvon Martin Race Op Ed Professor Ediberto Roman

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Ediberto Roman 
Professor Law, Florida International University 
Race and the Trayvon Martin Case... 
Posted: 03/23/2012 12:25 the tragic events leading the death innocent young man, Trayvon Martin, illustrate, race remains matter great debate this country, and sadly matter that all too often associated with the abuse power. the matter the killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, not have the repeated story white police officer, officers, shooting young unarmed African-American male. initially had story story white neighborhood watch member following, stopping, and eventually killing young Trayvon. But now, there are added complexities, news accounts are making great deal the fact that classic debates concerning race are bit more complicated this matter because the father the accused, Robert Zimmerman, points out that his son has Hispanic mother. The question several news accounts now raise whether the fact that Zimmerman part Hispanic changes the racial nature the story. add the race issue, Robert Zimmerman statement the Orlando Sentinel writes: 
George Spanish speaking minority with many black family members and friends. would the last discriminate for any reason whatsoever. One black neighbor recently interviewed said she knew everything the media was untrue and that she would trust George with her life. Another black neighbor said that George was the only one, black white, who came and welcomed her the community, offering any assistance could provide. Recently, met two black children George invited social event. asked where they met George. They responded that was their mentor. They said George visited them routinely, took them places, helped them, and taught them things and that they really loved George. The media portrayal George racist could not further from the truth. 

While all the facts concerning this case are known few, any individuals, the claim that the accused was not motivated race because Hispanic and has African-American family members, according his father, does not remove race from the equation.  
Legal scholars have long looked our country's history with respect race relations, and observed that race not exclusively biologically determined. fact, his book White Law, Professor Ian Haney Lopez examines our country's biased naturalization laws illustrate that race much social construction anything else. other words, the fact that one member racial ethnic minority group does not preclude the fact that one may racist use racial bias motivation for one's actions. put even more directly, the fact that one bi-racial bi-ethnic does not mean one cannot bigot least motivated racial enmity.  
Additional accounts further complicate the Martin tragedy, and true, may further the point made above. According recently released account the police dispatch report, the accused may have been muttering racial slur just before confronted the victim. recent online story states "that call the police dispatcher released this weekend, George Zimmerman can heard muttering what sounds like 'f***ing c**ns' under his breath followed 17-year-old shooting victim Trayvon Martin, police say." addition, according U.S. News Online report, the accused "called 911 dozens times the months that led the fatal shooting... The Seminole County Sheriff's Office released six calls had made, four which called police report "suspicious" persons all whom were black..." fact the dispatcher report does reflect the slur, and the accused had agenda, claims that the accused had racial animosity come into serious question. And somewhat related point, should not lost any us, that the Hispanic community within itself often struggles with issues concerning race, particularly with respect difference perceived differences color between members the same community. the end, race relations this country remain complex but all too often issue many our realities. Let not use race confuse the facts behind any case, and let careful not use race excuse condemn exonerate anyone. 
*Martin Luther King: "Injustice Anywhere Threat Justice Everywhere!"