Why is George Zimmerman being half-white so important if he self-identifies as Hispanic? (self.socialjustice101)
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NOTE: Posting this here, as I originally posted to /r/SRSDiscussion and was redirected here.
In looking at a lot of discussion, I see a lot of talk on the Zimmerman case about how a white man got away with murdering a black man. This discussion isn't revolving around the verdict: I'm not here to defend or condemn him. However, I do notice a lot of people referring to him as a white man.
His mother was Hispanic: he identified as Hispanic on his voter registration forms. It seems to me somewhat disingenuous to keep referring to him as a white man given the self identification.
Am I missing something? Is his half-whiteness so different from someone like Obama, who is half white, but self identifies as black, and most people accept it. (Yes, there are obviously some Obama detractors who refer to him as white. However, they hardly constitute a proportion similar to what I'm seeing with Zimmerman.)? Or is it just the circumstances that lead people to stress this particular aspect of him?
20 comments submitted at 00:35:02 on Jul 16, 2013 by SenorPancake