In the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death [and Renisha McBride and Jonathan Ferrell], we’ve seen a lot of discussion of the larger societal issues that play into how and when people are perceived as criminals. There were hoodies, there were marches, and there were frank talks from parent to child about how to minimize the danger of being a young person of color. On the other side, there were justifications of George Zimmerman’s actions: a smear campaign against Martin’s character, and plenty of writers explaining that statistically, blacks are simply more dangerous to be around.
That framing ignores the realities behind the numbers. Here are five myths about crime and people of color.
Do you guys remember the wonderful story of Raju? We were so so so happy when Raju was rescued two months ago. This is his new life, with all his fresh jackfruit he gets now:
But now his cruel former “owner”/abuser has filed legal documents to take him back! YOU CAN HELP!