Black Entertainment Television Monday began airing a six-part docu-series about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, who was murdered in 2012 in Sanford, Florida, by George Zimmerman.
A six-woman jury, comprised of five white women and one Hispanic woman, found Zimmerman not guilty of Martin’s violent death even though Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, ignored police orders not to follow the teenager.
Considering a plethora of recent statements and actions white women have expressed in tweets and videos on social media, their role on juries deliberating cases requiring them to exercise fair treatment of black men, women and children raises questions as to whether they should even be seated.
In recent months, a white woman called the police on an eight-year-old black girl selling bottled water. In another instance, a white woman student called police to report a black woman sleeping in a common-area at Yale University. The young woman sleeping was also a student at the university, a fact that apparently didn’t occur to the caller. A white woman called police on a black boy mowing a neighbor’s lawn as part of his summer job he made for himself.
And a white woman called police on a black housing inspector. The woman claimed he was a burglar. A woman called police on a black Oakland firefighter who was inspecting homes. She also claimed he was burglar.
And in 2015, a white woman called Evanston, Illinois, police on Lawrence Crosby, a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, who was getting into his own car. Police slammed Crosby to ground and handcuffed him. The woman claimed she believed Crosby was stealing the car. Police charged Crosby with disobeying orders. The charges were later dropped.
In addition, a woman called police on a man, seeking help following a car accident, and a white woman called police on a teenager seeking directions to his school.
White women also have called police on black women checking out of an Airbnb and on a well-known actor watching television in his in his living room. A white woman manager at a Philadelphia Starbucks called police on two black men who were sitting in the store, waiting to meet another man to discuss a business deal.
A white woman slapped a black teenager at a public swimming pool, screaming that he didn’t belong there although he had been invited there by another boy, a friend who is white.
Black men also suffer from daily macroaggressions of women clutching in their purses in fear, an indicator that women see black men only as criminals. But that’s all women, not just white women.
Some will chock this up to crazy white women who are terrified of blacks but it’s much more than that, it’s these women’s mindset when it comes to seeing blacks only as criminals for the most minor issues that don’t involve criminal activity.
In the book “At The Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America,” by Philip Dray, most lynchings of black men occurred after a white woman accused a black man of rape or of even staring at her too long.
In Duluth, Minnesota, a mob lynched three black men on June 15, 1920, after a white woman charged them with rape, although a physician who examined her testified that there was no evidence that she had been assaulted.
The idea of keeping women off juries sounds crazy in this day and age but historically they have not been assigned to jury duty. Prosecutors also have struck blacks from serving on juries when the defendant is African American. Some women should be asked real tough questions about blacks before they are seated.
The series “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” will air again at 10 p.m. Monday, August 6 on BET. The series is produced by Jay Z and the second installment will air next Monday.