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“I am not Trayvon Martin”: Whiteness and privilege (participation)

April 4, 2012
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8 Comments
  1. Kyla Chappell permalink

    This video is so powerful, I love it. At first, I was confused as to what point she was trying to make, but soon into the video I was able to recognize what she was trying to get across. Her thoughts are so true, people in our society feel so much more comfortable relating themselves to the victims in our world rather than the suspects, like Zimmerman. We need to enforce change in or society, so our upcoming generations don’t have these same thought processes discriminating against blacks, or any other minority for that matter. I hope everyone takes time to watch this video because I think for every one of us it will be an eye opener.

  2. Gary Barquet permalink

    I disagree with a lot of things she is saying, i very slightly can understand where she is coming from, but at the end of the day the message i am getting is don’t support or show justice for something your not. Just because you were raised a certain way isn’t necessarily an excuse for your actions. Maybe you were taught to fear black people growing up then had an experience that taught you there isn’t a real reason to fear a particular race. I agree when she says raise your children to not go with social norms when it comes to race and gender. But yea i was confused when she says, “Do not, i repeat, do not claim to be them.” At the end of the day no matter who claims to be them the intentions are the same, while white people may not be as credible by claiming to be Trayvon Martin they are still fighting for justice and the cause and i will always support that.

    • Gary: I don’t think she is saying that — she is saying we all need to recognize our privileges and the ways we are treated differently within society and that you don’t have to be the same to fight for injustice. She is saying that the efforts to see oneself as “the other” in an effort to fight injustice limits these efforts

  3. Desirae Meza permalink

    Like Kyla, at the beginning of this video I was confused as to what message she was trying to deliver. I believe as well as that a majority of our society is accustomed to viewing others differently. We play the role in society as the victim, when really it is our “norm” to believe that people of color are “dangerous”. Due to the way people look at different races we assume that all people other than the color “white” are suspicious. As a society we need to look past that. Just because ones race is different than the “norm” it does not entitle us to discriminate nor make inferences about others. I feel that we need to put ourselves in other peoples shoes and protest against what is right and not what we think others may think is right.

  4. Alexandra Wilson permalink

    I never thought about it the way the girl in the video did, about people in the American society identifying themselves with the victim rather than the suspect. It’s very true though, people always want to be right and make a good impression and having a positive image of themselves. Therefore by wearing shirts saying “I am Trayvon Martin” or when the Kony video was released and everyone seemed with tweet it or post in on Facebook. That alone made society feel like a social activist and they have done their job to give back these communities. I also liked her point of what society and stereotypes have taught us. Growing up in a white upper-class society I was taught the same messages she was. To fear those of lower incomes and color. Which now I know is completely ridiculous, therefore I believe it’s my generations job to make the change. To be a community as one without so much discrimination and cliques. Your color shouldn’t make you better than anyone else, like society portrays it does now.

  5. Anna Chrisman 11143058 permalink

    This is a very refreshing video and I think it is important for people to think about this with an open mind. I was reading the comments on youtube which proved to be unsatisfying (as they are with most videos). I think that most privileged white people would admit that they have been taught racism through society and that even though it is not intentional, it is deeply ingrained in our society. The problem, is that most people are not willing to break the stigma, as she said. Anyone is willing to follow a story like this and feel strongly about it, but when it comes down to it they would still ask a white person for help over a black person due to social stereotypes. The way that we raise our children can change this, but it is such a huge problem.

  6. Megan Grichel permalink

    At first I had difficulty understanding the point she was trying to make. But after watching the whole video I also think it is refreshing to see her perspective on the issue. The “I am Trayvon” shirts, in theory are a good idea. They show support for his family, but if you are able to walk around and display this shirt, you are not in the same situation.

  7. Victoria Kolytiris permalink

    This is such an interesting perspective that she has on the Trayvon Martin case. It is better to identify with the victim rather than just pretending. I see the point on where she is coming from as well because I grew up in an upper white middle class neighborhood and if it werent for my parents and thier excellent skills i would feel like most others but because they taught me outside of the box i do understand where the problem is. This is so refreshing to read.

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