Messages sent and received.
It is really disgusting in an article that talks about Black residents being afraid to walk around their neighborhood for fear of “fitting a profile” to see the police chief who refuses to arrest Trayvon Martin’s killer saying that he’s sure if we could all go back in time, Trayvon would have done something differently that night.
Like what? Not walk to the 7-11? Not being wary when an un-uniformed stranger in an unmarked car starts following him? Not running away when the stranger comes after him?
Yeah, he’d probably do things differently, and that’s a criminal shame in and of itself.
The trite arguments of some animated third graders from Colorado notwithstanding, this is what makes a hate crime different from other crimes: they are acts of terrorism targeted against a specific group of people. They victimize entire communities and send a message to the survivors.
The message Trayvon’s death sends is:
Stay out of our neighborhoods. Stay off our streets. Don’t challenge us. Don’t resist. Stay in your place.
Police Chief Bill Lee apparently doesn’t have a problem with that message. If Trayvon would have just heeded it, he wants us to know, all this unpleasantness could have been avoided.