George Zimmerman - Reflection Paper

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Reflection Paper Week 7
SOC2050: Race and Ethnicity
Centenary College, Parsippany, NJ

Maybe it’s my own opinion or because I’m always trying to be very careful about the way I refer to people but I was very taken aback by the way Professor Hutchinson categorized people as whites or blacks on his paper; referring to issues as being “white” problems was very odd to me. The way he also accused all whites as not caring for race and demeaning the “race card” was generalizing and assuming that all white people are denial of reality when there are a lot of people not just blacks or minorities trying to abolish racism. He also left out the fact that Zimmerman was NOT white or black and this may also have a big impact on the fact that Zimmerman wasn’t arrested at first because of the many issues America has against Hispanics. I always like to argue both sides and I must admit that when it’s a white person committing a crime against a person of color I always assume that the motive is racism, no matter what the details are and I know I’m not alone on this. Even when a black white person does something wrong against a black person or someone from a minority group I automatically assume they’re racist. This may be my own self-consciousness since I have been discriminated against also or because as I discussed in my previous reflection paper, I think the white man is the dominant in America so I put myself on defense mode.

But I’m not going to turn a blind eye to the fact that yes, there’s a big difference in the sentencing between races. There’s been one too many cases revealing injustice sentencings due to race – usually Caucasians get more flexibility for the same crimes a black or Hispanic person would commit. The first case that comes to mind is the Casey Anthony sentencing; while I understand the verdict because they didn’t have enough evidence, I think this case would have been viewed very differently had the defendant been a black woman because as...
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