Both the privileged and the under-privileged live in fear. The pecking order of race and gender determine who can walk where and when (Norton, 1). This paper discusses how the economy of fright reflects the distribution of freedoms…
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On the other hand, the killing of Martin has left the blacks, considered under privileged in the society with much to fear.
Racialization is at the center of events surrounding the investigations of the killing of Trayvon Martin. The deliberate fencing of blacks outside the social contract by whites does not come as a surprise bearing in mind the historical path of racism (Smith, 4). However, failure by institutions to promote equality and uplift the position of blacks in society is a major issue of concern. The recklessness with which the police officers conducted the investigations based on racial metric points to a racial oriented criminal system (Smith, 10).
The Florida’s stand your ground statute that Zimmerman falls back to for immunity is an evidence of laws and executive agencies that are unable to express values consistent with racial equality (Smith, 7). The Florida and New York laws are an example of American laws written in a manner to imply pursuance of public interest when actually the interest of a given class is pursued (Smith, 23).
In conclusion, the privileged whites are more interested in pursuing decisions that work their way even if it means denying under-privileged blacks their democratic right. In the process of achieving this interest, they blindfold the blacks in the name of social contracts that would lead to equality for all. Social contracts that ultimately lift the powers of the privileged whites to new heights while placing new fetters on the under-privileged blacks (Smith,
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