Race/Culture wars 2012 edition.
So, obviously, the Trayvon Martin case is representative of a serious issue in at least American culture. On all sides, we are seeing race/cultural issues being used to create problems; when it comes to the vultures in the media looking to capitalize off Trayvon's death and intentionally incite hate; to right-wingers who will make any and every excuse in the book and go out of their way to deny there was any racial aspect to Trayvon's murder, and the murder of minority individuals across the country; to liberals who use these deaths for political points, and who pick fingers instead of understanding and diagnosing the real problems behind these crimes. People of all races choosing sides and picking battles based on skin color SOLELY. As a result of this schism, we have a likely counter-attack that occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma a few days ago where 5 black men were shot, 3 dead, by an American Indian and white man, and other threats were made to the black community in Tulsa. We have MANY acts of violence recently that have occurred where urban youth have essentially gone out of their way to attack random people, adults and kids alike, usually black teens vs non-urban individuals of any race. In Florida, there was a case where a 15 year old teen was set on fire by seven black youth saying "that's what you deserve white boy" and calling him "cracker". We are seeing a significant increase in gun violence in America overall, and the jobs report in March was mediocre. With that said, Obama is still the clear favorite to win reelection, and knowing this, social conservative hatred towards liberals/Democrats/blacks have increased dramatically according to studies, and the number of hate groups in the country have increased dramatically. In particular, anti-gay hate groups have increased all the while, gay acceptance in the country continues to increase. Homophobes are getting increasingly homophobic as gay people continue to make gains.
All of this is very connected with one another, but in particular, the class issue. The inner-city/urban community WORLDWIDE have been condemned, told and treated as if they are animals. They have been systematically ignored and denigrated, cast away as trash. No-one cares about these individuals, no-one cares about the homeless, no-one cares about the average person just getting by, until they make themselves heard, and what we're seeing is that they are doing this by force and violence. With the lack of jobs and income economically across the world, we are seeing a revolt from these individuals who are out of work, have nothing to do, are hostile against mainstream society; preteens/teens who are uneducated, poor, looked down upon since birth, have absolutely no parental/adult guidance, and have grown up in a world immersed with drug use and blood shed. This is why these attacks are happening. People are bitter and angry, and they have a right to be. Instead of uplifting and unifying, we've been demonizing and separating. That's the central issue. You can't be surprised a person act like an animal when that's the stereotype and expectation of them and they don't have to take responsibility for this behavior. And that goes for not just urban youth but athletes, for example. And for other groups who are stereotyped in such a way. It makes ignoring these groups easy instead of addressing the problems in said groups which hurt us ALL.
With other groups, such as women and gays, we are seeing communities who have been forced into silence by traditional mores of society speaking out against injustices done to their communities. What has been exposed is once again, related to class; people who are in positions of privilege either don't understand or don't care about these groups, what they are fighting for, don't respect these groups because they are minority groups and not part of the majority, and think these groups are destructive to society because they are minority groups with causes that will harm the common man.
Obviously, I'm thinking from an American POV but these issues are everywhere and we are starting to see issues that, while always having occurred, become larger, more extensive, more emotional, and more violent.
So, what do you all think? About the entire issue of race, of class, of society in 2012, in your country and worldwide. What path are we headed in? Are you scared for your future and the future of humanity? Lets discuss, boys and girls.