Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Trayvon Martin Tragedy is Our Tragedy

I am angry. I am stunned. I am dumbfounded. I am sad. I am scared.

The Trayvon Martin tragedy makes me feel all of those emotions, and I know I am not the only person who has cycled through various emotions while following this horrible story.

Martin was only seventeen years old and unarmed when he was shot and killed by a so-called neighborhood watch captain named George Zimmerman. Trayvon was simply walking home from the store when Zimmerman, who thought Martin was suspicious and didn't belong in the neighborhood, began following him. Even though a 911 operator instructed Zimmerman against following Trayvon, Zimmerman trailed anyway, and in the end, a very young man's life was cut short.

I'm angry because Trayvon Martin should be alive, not dead in the ground because some man has hatred against black people. I'm also angry at the way the Sanford, Florida police handled the case. How can you let Zimmerman walk free... WITH HIS GUN, but you drug test Trayvon - who is dead?

I'm stunned because media and others rather blame an unarmed teenager for his own death, rather than hold the man who shot him accountable. Instead of treating Trayvon Martin like the victim, they rather tear down his good name. Trayvon was a CHILD and he has a FAMILY - HOW DARE YOU! It's heartless, cruel, and uncalled for.

I'm dumbfounded that even though it is 2012, we STILL deal with racial inequality. Not only that, there are people who think racial inequality doesn't exist anymore! We have voter ID laws in affect to keep minorities from voting, we have politicians eager to repeal President Obama's health care law, as well as continue to cut vital social services, and we still have regular working people who believe racial stereotypes like the gospel.

I'm sad because a family lost its son and its brother for no reason. Trayvon Martin won't get a chance to graduate high school or college, get married, or have children of his own. He won't be able to dream. He won't be able to be a kid.

I'm scared, because just like we have millions of Trayvons, there are probably just as many Zimmermans who we need to protect the Trayvons from. How do we protect our young black boys and girls? What can we say to them? What do we do?

The Trayvon Martin tragedy is a tragedy for all of us. I'm hoping that justice will be done for this poor child and his family, that the "Stand Your Ground" law will be taken off the books in Florida, as well as other states, and that more people open their hearts and minds to embrace and understand racial and cultural differences. We do not need another tragedy like this.

1 comment:

  1. I can't believe we lost another kid, especially over someone's prejudice. Like I said earlier on your facebook, it is bad enough Trayvon was killed, but his family can not have any peace with this. All of the so called celebrities like Geraldo Rivera speaking negative against Trayvon. The press promoting negative cartoon depictions; even going as far as saying "Did Trayvon strike first?" They are trying to make it seem like this kid was in the wrong and the protagonist George Zimmerman was in the right. So not true!!!!!

    I wore my hoodie a posted a poem in honor of Trayvon and for every youth of color in the world.


    Who Can Be Born Black?

    Who
    can be born black
    and not
    sing
    the wonder of it
    the joy
    the
    challenge

    And/to come together
    in a coming togetherness
    vibrating with the fires of pure knowing
    reeling with power
    ringing with the sound above sound above sound
    to explode/in the majesty of our oneness
    our coming together
    in a coming togetherness

    Who
    can be born
    black
    and not exult!
    Written by Mari Evans

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