Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

The think piece article “A Mother's Reflections on the Death of Trayvon Martin”, written by Frances Cudjoe Waters, is biased because she lets her emotions interfere with her opinions. As a resident of a white neighbourhood, she is of the opinion that once you are black and you ‘look suspicious’, you will be branded as a criminal.

The writer’s aim was to make the readers aware that discrimination exists and that black people are the main targets as is evident by the killing of Trayvon. She quipped: “I was dropping off my 17-year-old cousin at a friend's house in the wealthy, white Massachusetts suburb ……..We knocked on the wrong door. Minutes later, I was pulled over by the police. I was interrogated about my activities, whether I was delivering drugs and what I was up to. Since then, I have been stopped because I "looked suspicious." My husband, a partner in a Dallas law firm, has watched white women clutch their purses in the elevator out of fear of him because he "looked suspicious." My best friend from college, a Wall Street banker, was stopped last year after leaving his Church and was arrested for "looking suspicious" …and was forced to spend the night in jail. My 26-year-old brother-in-law, a Princeton honors graduate, an ordained minister and a Humanity staff member living in Harlem, was stopped and questioned while walking home from work by four white police officers six weeks ago because they thought "he looked suspicious -- like he was looking into a van."”

From the above excerpt, she made the assumption whether or not you went to the wrong address in a white neighbourhood or regardless your status in society, your qualifications, or intelligence, age or innocence, the (white) police officers will always view black people as a threat to them and to society, and treat them as criminals and often times the police will take matters into their own hands and harass them.

Another assumption which she made was the fact that her boys, as they grow...

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