Today we’re going to focus on the prejudice comment (one of many, of course) that was made by former New York City police detective Harry Houck. He told FoxNews.com that Trayvon Martin would have still been alive if he didn’t have a “street attitude.”
Via Fox News:
Houck was part of a FoxNews.com live panel discussion about George Zimmerman’s ongoing trial for the murder of Martin. After co-panelist Tamara Holder (a criminal defense attorney) pointed out that the prosecution will likely point out how Martin was only carrying a bag of candy and a can of iced tea at the time of his death, Houck responded that regardless of whether the selected jury is “impartial,” the seed will already have been planted that Martin was an innocent, unarmed teenager:
And then Houck had this to say:
“She was talking about the Skittles that he had, and the Coca-Cola that Trayvon Martin had. That doesn’t look good for the defense because he’s injecting something into their minds, like, this is a little kid with candy walking around the street. Listen, Trayvon Martin would be alive today if he didn’t have a street attitude. That’s the bottom line.”
Houck should be slapped for that dumb ass comment.
One: How is that even a viable response to the fact that Martin was unarmed at the time of his death?
Two: What does Martin’s alleged “street smart attitude” have to do with the fact that he was unarmed and allegedly followed by the man who shot him?
Three: Did Houck ever have a conversation with Trayvon Martin? How would he know enough to assert that he had a “street smart” attitude?
This is just another disgusting display of the criminalization of black men based on stereotypes. Speaking of stereotypes, should we all fear White men given the track record for mass shootings in schools, movie theaters and colleges? It’s time to start stopping and frisking them before another elementary school gets attacked [insert sarcasm].
It’s time for people to wake up. White privilege and racism are still alive and well.