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I’m Over the Blacksplaining Going on in Film and Television

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

When George Zimmerman was acquitted, I was at a friend’s house. She and I were doing the whole movie night thing—an old DVD collection here and a random news segment there. I remember expecting an acquittal that day, preparing for it even, but not really prepared for the disappointment of it. And I remember laying back on her wooden floor a few minutes after, finding it hard to process the running line on CNN’s lower third—”George Zimmerman is acquitted in Trayvon Martin Killing.”

It used to take me no time at all to work up to what I felt that day—some shit stew of anger and confusion. That dirty feeling is what I expected to find in Paramount and BET’s new docuseries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. A reanalysis of the unjust killing of another innocent black teenager by a non-black male? How could I not feel it?

I didn’t feel it.

That’s not to say that my rage over the incident is tempered; I’m just a disillusioned black dude. I’m tired of the many stories that re-explain the world I know by birthright (living while black). I have a forced degree in this shit (my skin knows no tan). I’ve taken this class before, I know the work, and frankly, I’ve been past ready for a different take on the subject.

Now granted, a docuseries like Rest in Power has its place. It’s fascinating as a drudging up of conversations around race, identity, and the injustice encircling Trayvon Martin’s legacy. It informs by way of gut-wrenching crime photos around black pain. And it educates through historic contrast to black history (Emmett Till, Rodney King).

But while Rest in Power does act as

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