Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No Problem with No African Americans on the Jury?

It appears to us that it was Travon Martin who was on trial, not George Zimmerman, as so much talk was about Martin's actions. Typical of our racial hierarchy, anyone in the bottom group is scrutinized, while the top is not held accountable for their actions, even when they fully initiate the problem.

The jury did not include any African-Americans, as we would expect in our race hierarchy. The top group is assumed to represent everybody, so it wasn't questioned when most of the jurors were white.

Each of us is programmed from childhood to believe that the top group in a hierarchy represents everyone. 

For example, our schools teach American history as the history of everyone in this nation. But the stories we learn are predominantly about white men. To study the history of other groups, people have to take separate classes, such as African American history, women’s history or Native American history. And if we take “Hispanic American History,” we don’t expect to learn “Asian American History,” because a class about anyone but white men is assumed not to be inclusive of anyone else.