Dwyane Wade has spoken out about the Trayvon Martin case before, he even had written “RIP Trayvon” on his shoes during a game at one point. But he and his two sons took it to the next level posing for the cover of Ebony Magazine this month.
Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African-American, was shot and killed walking back to the house where he was staying in Stanford, Florida. Martin was confronted by neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman (despite police telling him to stay in his car), a struggle followed and Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. The case has drawn national coverage and focused attention on race relations and the “stand your ground” laws, which in Florida allowed Zimmerman to be found not guilty of any wrongdoing.
Wade’s image is a powerful statement.
I’d love for things like this to be a stepping off point to a thoughtful conversation about race in America, but I fear that conversation is drowned out by the loudest voices trying to make themselves heard and be the story.
Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face
When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.