Prejudice among minority Groups

After watching a TV show last night about the shooting death of the unarmed Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, I was stunned at hearing some of the comments made by the commentator and his guests. After playing a recording made during the incident of a young voice screaming for help, the commentator said that it might have been Mr. Zimmerman screaming. When a shot was heard on one of the recordings while a homeowner was on the phone with a 911 operator, the commentator suggested that maybe Mr. Zimmerman saw the kid pull something from his pockets. The 911 operator suggested to Zimmerman that he not follow the young man and he continued to pursue the teenager. One of the guests on the show said that this incident could not be called a hate crime because both parties are minority.

I remember seeing an article on Wikipedia in the past on Racism subtitled Inter-minority variants. The Wikipedia article talks about racism among minorities. Racism is widespread within all races of people. In some societies, you are too tall, short, black, brown, yellow, white, pretty or whatever.

The kid is dead; Mr. Zimmerman shot him for reasons that cannot be explained logically. In my mind, he suffers from one of the most common racist diseases, a stereotypical view of other people. To a racist, all black men are drug-crazed, sex-crazed, unemployed, dishonest, armed, uneducated, dangerous, unmotivated and ugly.

I don’t care what race Mr. Zimmerman belongs, he shot and killed an innocent person and the incident is documented by witnesses and recordings. He should be tried and found guilty of murder.

The following article was copied from a part of a Wikipedia article on Racism.

Inter-minority variants

Prejudiced thinking among and between minority groups does occur, for example conflicts between African Americans and Korean Americans (notably in the Los Angeles riots of 1992), by blacks towards Jews (such as the riots in Crown Heights in 1991), between new immigrant groups (such as Latinos), or towards whites.

There has been a long-running racial tension between African Americans and Mexican Americans. There have been several significant riots in California prisons in which Mexican American inmates and African Americans have specifically targeted each other based on racial reasons.There have been reports of racially motivated attacks against African Americans who have moved into neighborhoods occupied mostly by Mexican Americans, and vice versa. In the late 1920s in California, there was animosity between the Filipinos and the Mexicans and between European Americans and Filipino Americans since they competed for the same jobs. Recently, there has also been an increase in racial violence between African immigrants and Blacks who have already lived in the country for generations.

The Aztlan movement has been described as racist. The movement’s goal is repossession of the American southwest. It has also been called the Mexican “reconquista” (re-conquest) whose name was inspired by the Spanish reconquista, which led to the expulsion of the Moors from Spain. According to gang experts and law enforcement agents, a longstanding race war between the Mexican Mafia and the Black Guerilla family, a rival African American prison gang, has generated such intense racial hatred among Mexican Mafia leaders or shot callers, that they have issued a “green light” on all blacks. A sort of gang-life fatwa, this amounts to a standing authorization for Latino gang members to prove their mettle by terrorizing or even murdering any blacks sighted in a neighborhood claimed by a gang loyal to the Mexican Mafia.

In Britain, tensions between minority groups can be just as strong as those between minorities and the majority population. In Birmingham, there have been long-term divisions between the Black and South Asian communities, which were illustrated in the Handsworth riots and in the smaller 2005 Birmingham riots. In Dewsbury, a Yorkshire town with a relatively high Muslim population, there have been tensions and minor civil disturbances between Kurds and South Asians.

In France, home to Europe’s largest population of Muslims — about 6 million — as well as the continent’s largest community of Jews, about 600,000, anti-Jewish violence, property destruction, and racist language has been increasing over the last several years. Jewish leaders perceive the Muslim population as intensifying anti-Semitism in France, mainly among Muslims of Arab or African heritage, but also this anti-Semitism is perceived as also growing among Caribbean islanders from former colonies.

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