Saturday, July 27, 2013
The Murder of Trayvon Martin and Vincent Chin
I really hate it when certain of us as people of color are outraged when things happen today, and totally ignore things that happened yesterday. The murder of Trayvon Martin, especially the way our judicial system laws are written; makes it seems as if it’s OK as long as the color barrier has the upper hand of defending each other. Before I go deep on why the color barrier play a big part in all of this; I want to confront those who try to explain their elementary point, without the benefit of intellect. Here’s where Mr. Vincent Chin demise, three decades ago coincide with Trayvon Martin’s demise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Vincent_Chin
At the Fancy Pants Club in Highland Park Detroit, Michigan on June 19, 1982; Mr. Chin was having a bachelor party. Subsequently, Mr. Chin and his Asian entourage were thrown out of the club after Mr. Ronald Ebens a Chrysler plant superintendent and his stepson, Mr. Michael Nitz confronted Mr. Chin with racial epithets.
Mr. Ebans took the confrontation to a higher level by declaring that, “It’s because of you little muthafuckers that we’re out of work.” Mr. Ebans were referring to
manufacturing auto jobs lost to Japan;
the irony in this, Mr. Chin wasn’t Japanese. Mr. Ebans and Mr. Nitz walked away
with probation for murdering a person of color.
My question is this, why is it that we as people of color have to wait until something or somebody have stepped on our big toe of manhood before we get to a point of, “OK, that’s enough!”
What about the tragic wrongs that were perpetrated a moment before Trayvon Martin and Mr. Chin; while all of us were silent?