Does “George Zimmerman” Dwell Within You?


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In a Huffington post opinion piece, Ama Yawson questions whether the Taryvon Martin case has made anyone examine their own prejudices. Yawson states:

“The pervasive nature of race and age-based prejudice and stereotyping do not in any way excuse George Zimmerman’s behavior. When such prejudice evolves from a thought in one’s mind to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, athlete, student, son, brother and child of God, then we clearly must demand that all facts are brought to light so that justice can be served. We must keep up our activism because precious lives are at stake.

But I personally can’t cloak myself in absolute moral superiority because I am not yet able to observe all others in a completely neutral fashion without ascribing some negative or positive values to them based on the combination of their race, ethnicity, age, religion, clothing and or other characteristics. To the extent that George Zimmerman has come to represent prejudice then “George Zimmerman” dwells within me. Does “George Zimmerman” dwell within you?”


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