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From: Those Who Can See

In the outcry following the acquittal of Floridian George Zimmerman in the shooting death of an Afro teenager (Trayvon Martin), many in the black community have voiced their displeasure.

Canadian graduate student Matthew Simmermon-Gomes is one of those:

 What I do know is what it’s like to be a Trayvon Martin. To be suspect. I do know what it’s like to be followed by staff in a nice clothing store; to be stopped by police for walking down the street; to endure the thousand micro-aggressions and the hundred fearful looks, the patronising astonishment coupled with quiet indignation at my education or erudition. I know, in other words, what it is to be a person of colour in a world that privileges whiteness.

While we must take this nearly Euro-looking, young man from Ottawa at his word — we are left a…

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