I knew when Trayvon Martin’s mother trademarked his name and began licensing it for merchandising deals that something was seriously screwed up, but now I predict there will be a new bit of insanity on the horizon: Trayvon syndrome.
I have noticed that whenever a black person is injured or killed, and it reaches national coverage by the media, black people – especially youth – will use it as a reason to incite violence, skip school, not go to work, and in general blame all of their problems on …. whatever injustice that the initial incident signifies.
We see it every time there’s a riot: Large mobs of angry African Americans venting their anger at the injustices of the system by stealing DVD players, shoes, playstations, and other items of luxury that have been denied to them by the white majority. Yet we excuse this behavior because society, and the government, has somehow justified this mockery of law and order on the basis that it’s not their fault. They can’t help it the only means of expression in times of outrage is through violence. Rather than blame them you should blame your fellow non-African American, it’s your fault this is happening, and anything you do or say in your defense only affirms your place as a racist bigot.
Therefore I propose a new idea, perhaps a legal defense for such acts of … expression, that can be used time and again by oppressed men and women: Trayvon syndrome. Whenever something occurs in the news that reaches a national level, which is directly related to your race or culture, you now have an excuse to commit acts of violence and break the laws. It’s ok. Go ahead. You can’t help it. You have been so prejudiced and beat down by society that this is the only way you can express yourself, express your outrage at society. You now have an excuse: Trayvon syndrome. Steal those televisions. Steal those new Nike Air Jordans. Beat down anyone you’d like in angry mobs. Skip school. Skip work. It’s not your fault anymore. It’s Trayvon syndrome.
Look for it soon in a court of law near you…