03/26/2012 01:06 pm ET Updated May 26, 2012

Stop Using Trayvon Martin's Murder to Discuss Black-on-Black Crime

In the wake of Trayvon Martin's horrific murder, there has been a palpable outrage similar to the electric emotions that were generated by the state-sanctioned slaying of Troy Davis.

Though the two cases are polar opposites in certain aspects, one commonality weaves through both narratives that illuminate the underlying racist structure of this country. By the very virtue of their differences and the vast disparities in the situations, what becomes resoundingly clear is that it doesn't matter if they're criminals; it doesn't matter if they're young or old, carrying a gun or carrying a pack of Skittles.

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