It's been about 1 month since the murder of 17 y.o. Florida youth Trayvon
Martin by volunteer neighborhood patrolman, George Zimmerman. The Guardian, CNN, Anderson
Cooper and surprisingly Donald Trump have been giving this story national
attention. One name, one face and the nation brings light to historical
black annihilation, racial profiling, youth profiling and inter-racial
Everyday a Trayvon Martin is chased by cops down the street.
Every month dozens or more youth are stopped, frisked, questioned, fondled
and humiliated in their communities by bigoted patrolmen, officers and
scared citizens. What do any of us do? Do we keep walking, do we videotape it
and submit it to the local precincts, post on YouTube and 1 week later forget
that we ever witnessed the dehumanizing of vulnerable people but then give
our unlimited attention to reality TV's The Real Housewives, Basketball Wives,
Jerseylicious and other frivolities?
Twitter chats today included passionate conversations about
how helpless people feel when another minority youth is murdered while the
justice system upholds its rigid legislation, as other twitter chats linked to
reports and petitions to arrest George Zimmerman, who carries a
Jewish surname, but is ethnically Latino.
New York City
is a city that knows very well the deep-seated tensions between blacks and
Latinos, as this city has seen violent clashes in schools between the 2
ethnic groups and the division in local communities. And though many
blacks and Latinos have intermarried over the years and produced offspring
from both their traditional and nontraditional unions, the separate and
unequal divide among racial groups is still not post-racial.
My thoughts about Trayvon's death are many. Am I
hurting because another youth will not grow up and have significant
relationships with others and be a positive contributor to society, of course!
Am I saddened that his parents have to be mediaheads for the many mothers and
fathers who have lived through their same nightmare, sure I am! Am I proud of Rev. Al Sharpton for still having the
tenacity, mental acuity and presence to support communities in need right
now, damn right I am! But what will tomorrow bring? What will next week or next
month bring when Trayvon becomes a memory like Troy Davis has? Will you rally
then? Will you look into the backgrounds of politicians you vote for? Will you
join community representatives like Jumane Williams, Dr. Lenora Fulani, Kevin
Powell and others when they ask you to show up? Show up in your community, stand
your ground when a cop pulls over a youth and bear witness to it. Will you
talk to teens about their human and civil rights and teach them to know to get
an officer's badge #, to not argue aloud with an officer, to not run and to
always know that even when you're right you have to fight rightness in a
different way than your white counterparts? Will you be there? Will you stand?
I'm speaking to everyone, including myself and I will
continue to ask myself these questions too. The next time
you're a witness to injustice, and in this country next time always comes, I urge you to stand. Defy helplessness and stand!
Pray for this family and pray for your own.
Support @TheCollectiveA and others in social activism tonight,
Friday, May 23rd on Facebook at Tca ByAsha
to have an open discussion about how
we cope and what's next! 9-9:30pm.
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