It Is a Hood in the Head

The acquittal of George Zimmerman by the death of the young black man of 17 years, Trayvon Martin, came to reignite a debate in the United States that, in good rigor, never disappeared from the society, but that was long dormant and that now resurges with other outlines. And it is these new contours that this author thinks are passing unnoticed in the heated discussion that, however, has generated.
The demonstrations and vigils that have occurred in some American cities against the Sanford court ruling have expressed the unshakeable historical belief that blacks in America live in a racist society. A feeling that has returned to the skin of a court decision that is all clouded by racial prejudices (but not only) long rooted in American society.
Unfortunately, here, there is nothing new. If, on the one hand, the United States since its foundation has been a beacon of human rights, on the other, it contains in its nature a very stratified notion of race and social
There is no return to give, the color of the skin was decisive in the outcome of the trial of the death of Trayvon Martin, especially when the American judicial system puts into the hands of jurors, simple citizens, the application of justice.
Now, in this particular case, there was no Justice and as to the application of the Law, there would be much to say, as can be seen from these five questions that  USA Today  raises. In addition to this decision seems to open a serious precedent, because from this moment any black hoodie on the head can be shot down in “self-defense.”
Be it for, the jury found that Zimmerman acted in self-defense, believing it to be life-threatening, even though Trayvon Martin did what is most banal any urban young man can do: on the night of 26 February 2012 he addressed himself To a convenience store, having bought “ice tea” and a pack of Skittles.
Outside the shop, Martin put the hoodie of his hoodie on his head, and from that moment Zimmerman, a volunteer security guard at a private condominium in the area, saw a suspicious individual there. Events rushed in and Zimmerman mortally shot the young man in the chest.
This is where the original sin of this story lies and reflects what is a combination of historical biases of race with what this author would call new urban prejudices.
A simple “hooded sweat” that hid Martin’s face was the missing tonic to make an innocent a potential criminal. The Diplomat  recalls that at that time there was an   interesting debate in some circles on the new urban prejudices that go far beyond the discrimination of race, gender or social status.
Obama, by the way, has readily stated that he himself wore hoodies, a garment that many young men (and adults) wear without any criminal connotations. In this sense was also the   original protest of Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush, who in the middle of the House of Representatives rebelled against a new form of prejudice.
The Obama and Rush readings are correct, only possible through an awareness of new urban trends and realities that do not obey any racial, social, or gender condition. And it is precisely this reality that the author of these lines considers to be absent from the current debate, very focused on the all-important racial issue, but does not exhaust the problem.