The sad truth is Trayvon Martin’s death is not an isolated incident.
Racial profiling, prejudice and discrimination are not a figment of black American’s imagination.
I am tired. Exhausted.
I can’t imagine how the elders feel. Having lived through the Civil Rights’ Movement only to see that all these years later that a human with brown skin’s life is still undervalued so deeply. I am amazed by their tenacity. Inspired that they continue fighting for the cause.
At first, I was outraged so much so that I could barely speak on the subject without getting upset and raising my voice. But now, as time moves forward it is effecting me differently. My stomach turns over, pulling itself into knots when I hear this young man’s name. Knowing that his parents never get to hear his laugh again, that they will never again feel his embrace, brings tears to my eye’s.
Human’s, we think we are so special because we supposedly have the ability to reason. We take pride in being ‘civilized’ in the same breathe that we use our reasoning to rationalized demonic behavior.
Racism is constructed reality created by a white patriarchal SYSTEM that has been in place for hundreds of years to divide, conquer and control people. It is psychological warfare, and it works…all too well.
I don’t have any children and I may never have any but I do have a team of nephew’s who are brown like me. How do we prepare them for this environment? How do we tell them that others view them as a threat when they simply walk down the street?
How do I explain this to them?
Even though modern history will tell you flat out that it was white people who colonized Africa & North America; even though it was was white people who all but killed off the Native’s of this land; even though it was white people who captured and enslaved human beings throughout the world as if they were inanimate objects with no blood flowing through their veins, that they – young black men – are the one’s viewed as the threat.
And even though we have fought wars and protested in movements and changed laws to say we are equal, that there are still people out there who will pit them as their enemy at first sight. Even though we have black carpenters, doctors, lawyers, politicians, plumbers, miners, mechanics and scientists when you tune into the media they still focus on the negativity. And still there is no regard for the systematic economic and sub-cultural divides.
I don’t know how to explain it to the youth; I am still wishing someone could explain it to me. But, how do you explain non-sense?
And now, because we citizens are standing together demanding justice for this young man’s senseless murder the special investigators, state & federal officials are saying they are not going to ‘rush’ to judgement. I suppose they fear the idea that the people have the power to demand justice.
Yet, it was okay for the state’s attorney’s office to ‘rush’ it’s judgement and ignore the chief homicide investigator’s recommendation for an arrest for manslaughter; and to ignore the chief homicide investigator’s affidavit – filed the night of Trayvon’s killing – saying he was unconvinced by the shooter’s account of the incident.
The longer they wait to respond and provide justice for this incident, the harder we should push.
Post more links,
send more emails,
rock your hoodies,
Enough has been enough.