Making Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, a monster will not serve the greater good for black and brown people in America. George Zimmerman was not a Strom Thurmond-racist. And even Thurmond, a States Rights, South Carolina Senator, had a black daughter. George Zimmerman mentored black children, had black cohorts, and brought an African American woman to the prom. It’s understandable that his detractors are irate at the charge of racism and feel that he had no malice toward Trayvon Martin or black people in general. Although much of the Zimmerman adulation comes from blatant racists, this is an opinion generally held by many well-meaning Americans who see themselves as part of the solution, not part of the problem. These people may have black friends, listen to black music, and for God’s sake, cried in the movie “42” about baseball hero, Jackie Robinson, who suffered Jim Crow racism painful to watch.
If you have a black friend, can you be a racist? Or as white anti-racist lecturer Tim Wise offered, if you are married to a woman, can you be a sexist?
The answer is a resounding, yes. That is not just the conjecture of liberal-minded, loopy thinking “race baiters”. That is the finding of sober and scientific study.
According to a 2009 article in Time magazine by Eben Harrell,
research took place at Stanford University and Penn State over a six-year period.