teachings

“White supremacy has taught him that all people of colour are threats irrespective of their behaviour. Capitalism has taught him that, at all costs, his property can and must be protected. Patriarchy has taught him his masculinity has to be proved by the willingness to conquer fear through aggression; that it would be unmanly to ask questions before taking action. Mass media then brings us the news of this in a newspeak manner that sounds almost jocular and celebratory, as though no tragedy has happened, as though the sacrifice of a young life was necessary to uphold property values and white patriarchal honour. Viewers are encouraged to feel sympathy for the white male home owner who made a mistake. The fact that this mistake led to the violent death of an innocent young man does not register; the narrative is worded to encourage viewers to identify with the one who made the mistake by doing what we are lead to feel we might all do to “protect our property at all costs from any sense of perceived threat.” This is what the worship of death looks like.”

Bell Hooks on Zimmerman

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