Will The Master’s Tools Dismantle The Master’s House? Trayvon Martin and the Idea of Justice

All the calls for justice in the Trayvon Martin case have brought to mind the famous quote by Audre Lorde, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”

The master has set up a system where by his very being/existence, Trayvon Martin was a threat. If it hadn’t been Trayvon, it would have been the next young black male that George Zimmerman saw walking around the neighborhood.

The master has also set up a system where someone can follow another person, be losing a tussle, shoot the person they were following and call it self-defence.

Now this same master is being asked to be fair and impartial and deliver justice to a family that is hurting.

Isn’t there a disconnect here? Can the master’s tools ever be used to dismantle the master’s house?

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