The other day, I watched the press conference with Rev Al Sharpton and the parents of Trayvon Martin, after watching the press conference of Angela Cory, the special prosecutor assigned to the case. Rev Al said a few times that this was not something we could be happy about; he said “I don’t want to see anyone slapping fives tonight.” He was so right. It’s often a double-edged sword with the United States.
I don’t always respond immediately. Sometimes, I need time to think things through, time for the details to sink in and line up in my mind. (Thankfully it doesn’t take 45 days…) Now that I have thought about it, I am even more offended than I was before they brought the charges.
First and foremost, I completely resent the fact that the special prosecutor got on national television and proceeded to defend the Sanford Police Department, as if they had been doing their job properly all along. If they were doing their job properly all along there would not have been a need for a special prosecutor. She went on and on about how in her county they follow the letter of the law, that’s their job, ‘minister’s of justice’. Please. I swear these people think we are all stupid.
If you were doing your job to the letter of the law you would know that there is a separation of church and state in this country. So your little song and dance about praying with the family was highly inappropriate and out of place in these proceedings concerning the law. Making sure to have your gold cross around your neck.
She went for murder in the second degree because they are going to plea this case down. This case is not going to trial. I do not see it. I highly doubt they want the type of media coverage we saw in the O.J. Simpson & Casey Anthony trials. It seems no one wants to keep the conversation of race relations alive in this country. The problem with that is if we do not keep the conversation alive we cannot continue to progress.
It’s like everyone forgot what was said on the tape. I listened to the tape on Nancy Grace where the shooter’s people claim he was saying, it’s “fucking cold.” THAT’S NOT WHAT HE SAID ~ HE SAID “FUCKING COON” and he said it three times. “They always get away.” This is what the man said, he sounds like he is hunting, breathing hard, clearly running after the victim.
Rev Al stated that he was surprised that charges were issued because his faith in the justice system of this country was slim to none (paraphrasing), Rev Al you are not the only one. Historically, the laws of this country have supported SYSTEMATIC injustice toward people of color and those with lower socioeconomic standing.
Fifty-seven years ago a 14 year old boy named Emmett Till was killed in Mississippi – brutally. And somehow someway the national press still found a way to turn it around and defend the men who did it. THESE MEN WERE ACQUITTED, and later turned around and publicly admitted to it – because they were proud. Proud to have murdered a boy they painted as a demon because he had dark skin.
Emmett’s murder and other cases like it were contributing factors in the acceleration of the Civil Rights’ Movement. And after all this time, all the laws that have been changed, some things remain the same. There are still people who believe that black folks are less than human. There are still those who believe they can steal a black person’s life without consequence.
I AM SO OVER THE ATTITUDE THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE PULLING THEIR FEELINGS OF OPPRESSION IN THIS COUNTRY OUT OF SOME BUBBLE IN THE SKY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP SPEAKING OUR MINDS AND STANDING FOR TRUE JUSTICE.
- European people perpetrated the Atlantic slave trade during the 16th-19th centuries. (1500′s, 16oo’s, 1700′s, 1800′s)
- The enslavement of black people in the United States ended in the 1860′s. (less than 150 years ago)
- Jim Crow -so-called separate but equal- LAWS were in effect from 1876-1965. (another century of systematic oppression)
- The LAWS in the United States only started to become just for all less than 50 years ago.
This is NOT ANCIENT history. We have not healed the wounds of this time period in American history. My grandparents had to deal with White’s only/Colored only segregation in their lifetimes. Their grandparents were the children of slaves and masters.
The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case also stated in her press conference that they do not prosecute based on public pressure, that’s a good thing. However, Rev Al pointed out in his press conference that if it were not for PUBLIC PRESSURE there would have been no review of this case. The Sanford Police would have swept this case under the rug as they have done with cases in the past. Let me not forget to add that the shooter’s father is a former judge in the same county where the crime occurred. There is nothing anyone can say to me to make me believe that held no bearing on the way the shooter was processed.
I keep asking myself why do people feel this way about black people? What did we ever do to deserve the heal of the world’s foot at our throat? But then I realize I am thinking from the perspective of the oppressed. All we had to do was be different from those gluttonously opportunistic horrific people and they felt that was license to treat us as less than human. It’s a new time; we are not going to take this treatment any longer.
In my first post about this case, Brown like me…I asked the questions – “How do we prepare them (our children, the next generation) for this environment? How do we tell them that others view them as a threat when they simply walk down the street?”
The answers I came up with are much simpler than even I expected. We prepare them by teaching them that their are many cowards in the world. There are people who judge people based solely on stereotypes of appearance and that’s just not right. We teach them that there are people in the world who will justify PURE MADNESS to get them ahead in the material world.
We teach them to be better than these people. We teach them pride in their selves. We teach them to rise above. We teach them love. We teach them what is truly important in life.
Somewhere in these cowards minds they are waiting for the ax to fall. They are waiting for black folks to violently revolt against them, because they know there’s a way we could justify that in our minds. If these cowards were being honest with themselves they might even be able to admit that they deserved another revolt. But we are not going there, in fact we are headed in a completely different direction. We will not put our energy into perpetrating the ways of cowards.
Instead, we will stand steadfast on the healing journey. We will learn to love ourselves again, we are going to come together, our women, our men, we are going to be fruitful and multiple and be there for our children. We are going to get back to the values that have carried us this far. We will focus on healthy, balanced family lives. We are going to get our communities right.
The spirit of goodness you cannot kill.
We will remember Trayvon, as we remember Emmett, still.
We will overcome, it is the Most High’s will. This is the time of our lives…