How does this happen in 2013 in America where our government is spending billions of dollars a year nation building around the world and fighting for the human rights of everyone from China to Myanmar to Syria, and yet right here in America a cold blooded, racist, racial profiling, cop wannabe, child abusing, stalker can “still” walk away totally free after being found not guilty on all counts of murdering a seventeen year old child who happens to be Black.
Race in America in the 21st century continues to be the measuring stick of preferential justice versus our injustice. Millions of Black people all over this country are hurting because of this verdict. Millions of colorblind young people and people from all races are hurting because of this verdict. It obviously strikes Black people that much harder because open season on Black Males has just been legally sanctioned by virtue of this verdict.
Black Men are angry, Black Women are weeping as it just seems that no matter what we do as a people in this country in playing by the rules and even rising to the highest office in the land, your precious life as viewed by law enforcement and now by arrogant self appointed vigilantes is always profiled and assumed that you’re just a nigger up to no good, even when you’re seventeen years old, innocent, armed with skittles and iced tea and just trying to get home to watch the NBA All Star game.
They put the victim Trayvon Martin on trial. Lied on him, profiled him, dehumanized him, crucified him and subsequently a jury made up of Zimmerman’s peers rendered a verdict that somehow made Trayvon Martin responsible for his own death. Then they insult your intelligence by saying ~ “Race had nothing to do with it…”
Would Trayvon been followed by Zimmerman if he were a White kid? Would Zimmerman have been acquitted if three Black Women were on that jury to even the playing field, or would they still be fiercely deliberating? Would Trayvon Martin been found Not Guilty on all counts if he had killed George Zimmerman? Are we to honestly believe the racial makeup of the jury and the community they come from did not in anyway influence their verdict?
A verdict that only reinforces and crystallizes the fact that we are as segregated in this country today and in many ways no differently than we were as a country in 1955 when Emmett Til was brutally murdered, and those jurors who were all white acquitted those racist murderers of their crime.
Nevertheless just like those murderers, Zimmerman too will eventually have to answer for his crime, because he cannot escape the judgment of God for murdering an innocent child.
However slow, change is still apparent. For today is a day where the righteous consciousness of people from all walks of life whether white, black, brown, red and yellow have demonstrated peacefully to say this is wrong and a blatant miscarriage of justice.
Christians, Jews, Muslims, Gay, Straight and every other strengthened coalition of people of righteous consciousness across the country have united to say this verdict is a travesty of justice. So in this unity of mind, body and soul do we pray and activate ourselves against the divisive spirit of racism in order to continue to form this idea of a more perfect union in these United States of America.
This tragedy could have happened to my only son, your son, and sadly could still happen to them tomorrow based on this practice of racial profiling, and in looking at this verdict, what measure of justice would we have to look forward to? Sadly, I guess the same kind Tracey Martin and Sybrina Fulton had.
GOD willing through our efforts of fighting against unjust laws such as Stand Your Ground, justice will honorably be served when another incident like the Trayvon Martin case takes place in America, because, “Where there is no justice, there will never be any peace…”