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Romany Malco, who reprises his role as Zeke in the recently wrapped “Think Like a Man, Too,” weighed into the Trayvon Martin topic from a different angle.

In a blog on The Huffington Post, the actor pointed out the role of mainstream news, pop culture and economics in this story steamrolling over more prevalent black on black shooting crimes that are largely uncovered by the press.

He wrote:

I haven’t touched on the Trayvon Martin issue because race matters in this country are the paralysis of the American people. To constructively discuss Trayvon would require empathy, introspection and an understanding of America’s social and economic history. This is why the open forums we have seen thus far seem to fuel more ignorance and bias than reasonable debate.

To be brutally honest, the only reason people are even aware of Trayvon Martin is because it became a topic within mainstream news and pop culture. Meaning: News directors saw it as a profitable, sensational story. Hundreds of blacks die annually in South Side Chicago without even a blurb. Trayvon isn’t in the mainstream news for any reason other than ratings and profit. The news coverage on the Zimmerman case almost implies that the killing of this young black man is somehow an anomaly and I resent that.

In this country, if it isn’t streamlined through mainstream media and pop culture, it doesn’t seem to warrant national debate. Our “government” continues to wreak havoc on our civil liberties and there is little to no protest from the black community because of media diversion tactics that keep such pertinent issues out of mainstream media. But if Jay-Z or Rihanna were to make mention of it, we’d suddenly be jolted out of our sugar comas and protesting on freeways.

My point being, people are up in arms about Trayvon based on regurgitated pundits and manipulated facts aired to elicit emotion while fueling America’s anger and division. That’s how you boost ratings. No different from Piers Morgan’s desperate rant over gun control when he knew his ratings were in the dumps. And from where I stand, anyone who still relies on corporate-owned media pundits to support an argument isn’t equipped to offer worthwhile solutions.

People are using Trayvon Martin’s death as an excuse to project their own deep-seated issues with racism and will not be capable of intelligent, empathetic debate until they’ve cooled down and afforded themselves an education.

Addressing Trayvon without first addressing the absence of critical thinking in our schools, the lack of introspection, the reasons for our low tolerance and our country’s skewed value system does nothing more than create a sounding board for the ignorant. So rather than facilitate more racism outcry, I’d like to address young black people specifically.

I believe we lost that trial for Trayvon long before he was killed. Trayvon was doomed the moment ignorance became synonymous with young black America . We lost that case by using media outlets (music, movies, social media, etc.) as vehicles to perpetuate the same negative images and social issues that destroyed the black community in the first place. When we went on record glorifying violent crime and when we voted for a president we never thought to hold accountable. When we signed on to do reality shows that fed into the media’s stereotypes of black men, we ingrained an image of Trayvon Martin so overwhelming that who he actually may have been didn’t matter anymore.

Don’t you find it peculiar that the same media outlets who have worked so diligently to galvanize the negative stigmas of black men in America are now airing open debates on improving the image of black males in American media? Do you honestly think CNN is using their competitive time slots for philanthropy?

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” – Rahm Emanuel

If we really wanted to ensure Trayvon Martin’s killing was not in vain, we’d stop perpetuating negative images that are now synonymous with black men in America. We’d stop rapping about selling drugs and killing niggas. The next time we saw a man beating a woman, we’d call for help or break it up, but one thing we would not do is stand by with our cellphones out — yelling WORLDSTAR! Instead of rewarding kids for memorization, we’d reward them for independent and critical thinking.

We’d spend less time subconsciously repeating lyrics about death and murder and more time understanding why we are so willing to twerk to songs that bemean women and boast of having things we cannot afford. We’d set examples of self-love for our youth by honoring our own hair, skin and eye color. We’d stop spending money on designer gear that we should be spending on our physical and psychological health. We’d seek information outside the corporate owned-media that manipulates us. We’d stop letting television babysit our kids and we’d quit regurgitating pundits we haven’t come up with on our own.

Education, introspection, self-love and excellence are the only ways to overcome the wrath of ignorance. So before going back to popping molly and getting Turnt Up, I urge you to consider the implications of your actions. Your child’s life may depend on it.

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77 thoughts on “Romany Malco Pens ‘Message to Trayvon Sympathizers’

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  2. While agree with a lot of what you said “we” didnt “lose the case”for any other reason than the fact that a person is allowed to defend themself when attacked. Trayvon doubled back to find Zimmerman and attack him, thats why he lost his life, thats why Zimmerman is an innocent man.

  3. Wildflower on said:

    Mr. Malco you seem to be doing exactly what you are accusing everyone else of doing and the same media that you are bashing is the same people that has made you relevant. You have good points however I think your timing is sh*#. Where were you and your concern before this tragedy of Trayvon? What do YOU do to enhance the lives young black males? You are in a position to be a role model and to make changes but you’d rather sit back in your cushy home and condemn those that are at the least trying something. If you’re not gonna help YOUR sisters and brother then just shut up and stop driving the nails in further.

  4. jdot on said:

    The only thing Romany Malco did was string together a bunch of rehashed, clichéd points about the media, that have been stated over for who knows how many years. He also uses generalizations about Black Americans, that you can arrive at if you just watch a lot of television, and only highlight the actions of a select group. All of this just to place those who don’t agree with the Zimmerman verdict in a category, as if they’re all just a bunch of narrow minded, media distracted, spellbound gerbils. He also states that “hundreds of blacks die annually in South Side Chicago without even a blurb”. There is plenty of blurb. There has been plenty of effort put forth by many community activists and organizers to create discussion around the issue of “black on black” crime, in Chicago and other places as well. There’s just no mass media blurb. If there was, I guess that would be just another media distraction. Malco’s article is just another “we gotta do better” rant, aimed at dumbing down the opposition, by pointing the finger of blame at a particular group of people, and would have us think that they represent the whole of the opposition. Malco is just simply out of touch with what people are actually doing to better themselves, and their communities. Out of touch with the fact that the Zimmerman verdict does not sit well with many people, for various reasons, and we’re not just all molly popping, reality show watching media puppets, who are always “rapping about drug selling and killing niggas”.

  5. I get the whole trying to sound ‘sophisticated’ and ‘intelligent’ angle; but the point is, another young man ‘needlessly’ lost his life and regardless of if the media sensationalized the story or not; he deserves justice and as a society we have a right to be angered about the situation and the loss of life regardless of his color or class. Also, why is this article any different from any different from any of the aforementioned pop culture outlets trying to capitalize on this situation; in fact, I hadn’t even heard of you until you wrote this article, Mr. Malco.

  6. I understand his point, and I agree with some of them but however we got to this point and who is profiting from it is irrelevant right now. This is a conversation that should not be brought up when discussing this case. All it does is distracts from what happened to this child. Yes we need to address all those issues, but not when these issues are being thrown around to justify what Zimmerman did, and to give some understanding as to why he may have profiled Trayvon. Trayvon didn’t die in Chicago, he didn’t kill anyone in Chicago, he’s not making Gangsta Rap, he was walking home from the store. Focus people. Get justice for this child then take on the other stuff.

    • Wildflower on said:

      Very well said Jon. Those that KNOW this was wrong on so many levels depend on people like Mr. Malco and all the other blacks that want to attack their own race instead of coming with a solution or ideas that can help. We wouldn’t be doing this if the victim was a rape victim. We would be talking about how she was dressed or what her race is doing.

  7. Brandon on said:

    true, but that’s just semantics. Look into what he is saying and I feel the same way. We have to improve ourselves. I don’t see anyone rallying to improve Chicago, for example.

  8. The reason America became so strong is because it is united. If people want to be strong against an oppressive government they need to stand together not fight each other. This is exactly what our government wants so that they can control the people. The only way to get by this is education and it is very hard when the government controls the education system. The education system in this country has dropped to 24th in the world and this is not just inner city school this is all school across the board. The people of America need to stand together and demand more from the government in education and not worry about fighting each other.

  9. SAMUEL DODSON on said:


    • Will Courtier on said:

      Case in point on the education topic. Start using correct grammar, punctuation, and capital letters so people will actually pay attention to your replies. If you sound unintelligent, nobody will even care about a word that comes out of your mouth.

      • Wildflower on said:

        It’s a stupid post site not a term paper. Stop acting like a douche! This is the problem one negro trying to put another down to feel better about themselves.

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