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We upgrade our computers. We upgrade our phones. We upgrade our TVs. So why wouldn’t we upgrade our racist tendencies? Yes, folks, we are in a whole new world of racism. Racism 2.0.

The death of Trayvon Martin has shown us a whole new upgraded form of racism. Racism 1.0 was linear and direct. It was the KKK version of bigotry. You are black therefore you are not as valuable as me therefore I can kill you with no guilt. But, like running DOS on our computers now, Racism 1.0 did not work in our society so something new had to be designed.

The new racism has to be consciousness friendly. It needs to allow the racist to have black friends, Hispanic friends, white friends and a great mix of nationalities while still being able to point the gun at the ‘bad ones’. With Racism 2.0, we do not just shoot black people. Oh, do not get me wrong. Trayvon Martin was murdered because he is black. But, not solely because he was black. Under the new racism that is not enough. Travyon was black which makes him a criminal under the new rules. He was young which makes him a criminal. He wore the obvious clothing of a criminal, the hoodie. If he was an older black man wearing a suit, he would still be alive.

Under Racism 1.0, the death of an African-American by the hands of a Hispanic would mean little. After all, using the old version of bigotry, this is just one shade of mud removing another from the pure waters of society. The new racism requires something more. So now Trayvon needs to be portrayed as a hoodlum, a criminal. He had marijuana related… I do not know what. It does not matter if he sold marijuana or used it for his glaucoma. What matters is that we can put him into the ‘bad one’ category.

(By the way, that ‘bad one’ category includes some gays and some women. Under Racism 2.0, good gays do hair, have sex in a bathroom, and talk in dramatic whispers. They are unmarried and happy with that. Good women are married and deal with the home. The ‘bad ones’ always seem to want more.)

Trayvon Martin was murdered. He did not have a gun. He did not have a knife. He is not some Steven Segal martial artist. He may have been a saint or an asshole. None of this should have condemned him to death. That fact that Zimmerman is not in jail now is because he is fluent in the new language of Racism 2.0. He loves the police. He upholds the law as he sees it. He acts as much like an old white guy as a young Latino can.

The one thing that all of the users of Racism 2.0 really love is that it is reverse compatible. Once we start using Racism 2.0, we can always go back and reboot Racism 1.0. So, do you have your wood crosses ready to burn or is there an app for that?

This article was submitted by the operators of CoupleDumb.com where it originally appeared.


Lee and Paul Reyes-Fournier

Lee and Paul Reyes-Fournier are the writers of CoupleDumb.com, the relationship blog that covers everything from marriage to dating to parenting. They have a book called Dysaffirmation: Because This Kind of Stupid Takes Work (available on Amazon). Lee is a professional psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience in marriage, family and addiction therapies. Paul is a professional writer with degrees in AstroPhysics and an MBA. They have been married for 23 happy years and have three kids. Lee and Paul also do a web series and pod cast called Relationship Rehab where they take viewer/listener questions. You can follow them on Twitter @CoupleDumb.

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