A recent blog post about the killing of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, Trayvon Martin Was A Floozie provides an insightful analysis of the parallels between the way racism and sexism are perpetuated and cease to be understood as prejudices within society and institutions. The post focuses on some of the arguments surrounding the controversial case in the US and specifically looks at how violence is justified, comparing common defences used in the murder of African-Americans and the rape of women. There are other articles and commentaries such as What should Trayvon Martin have done? that also point out similarities in the treatment of African-American and women victims of violence.
Always invisible, between worlds, on the borders, in the cracks. Never wholly anywhere or anything.
Always reaching out for the sun, its warmth, its light, its love, its food, its life. Its easy gift of dignity.
Always searching for imagined and unknown places, spaces, faces, that offer a promise of fond embrace.