Take to the Streets

Due to the fact that this trial was high profile, and due to the fact that I have already read several vile and white supremacist comments on Facebook alone, I am going to be very strict about what can, and cannot, be said in response to this blog post. Any comments which target Trayvon Martin’s race, family, provide personal information of the victim and his family, or suggest that killing him was right, will be removed. Any comments which suggest George Zimmerman should be assassinated, target his family, or provide personal information of the criminal and his family, will be removed. Bickering, name-calling, and fighting among you will NOT be tolerated.

Anyone who dares to say that this murder, this trial, were not about race, are close-minded to the realities of American society. The outcome of this trial has proven that in 2013, a young black teenager can be profiled based on his appearance and be murdered for it. The murderer can sit in a court room with a stone-cold look on his face, occasionally smile or smirk arrogantly, lie to the faces of everyone in the United States, and with the overwhelming evidence presented, can still get away with murder.

If you have not read the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, I recommend that you do. The reason is that there is a case in the book which has been referenced more times than I can count. I bring up this case because of Jim Crow laws. I bring up this case because during that time period, a black person could be charged with any crime, and be found guilty simply because he or she was black. Atticus defends a black man accused of raping a white woman, and he loses the case. Even though George Zimmerman is not white, had he been the one accused, he probably would have been found not guilty. Things have not changed. The world is a sphere of evil slime which has been painted over with pretty colors to hide the truth.

We can say that Zimmerman got away with it because the prosecution didn’t argue well enough, or that the jury wasn’t thinking clearly, or that there wasn’t enough evidence, or that the judge wasn’t hard enough on the defense attorneys, or 300 other things that we can attack to liberate ourselves. We can say it is the fault of Florida’s justice system, that it is a result of white supremacy. The bottom line is, George Zimmerman didn’t get away with anything. He may not be in jail, but he is going to a place far worse than that. His home. He has to take the long trip home, where a large number of people know where he lives. He has to go to bed every night and wake up every morning knowing what he did. He has to face people who are angry, and willing to tell him how they feel. If he wants to truly get away with it, he’ll need plastic surgery and to change his name, because everyone knows who he is. He will live uncomfortably and answer for his crime for the rest of his life. I’d rather go to jail, to be honest.

 

Over the last couple of days, people have popped out of the woodwork complaining about the media coverage that this trial has received. Are we that arrogant that we must insult the media, Trayvon Martin and his family, followers of the trial, because we feel that every single murder trial in the United States should be covered on the news? Do you have any idea how many murder trials are going on as I write this? Says a lot about violence in America, doesn’t it? If you are going to stand for something, fine. But let it be something which is not as cowardly and childish as circulating a meme throughout facebook or stating that you feel one trial is more important than another. Anyone can say those things, and five minutes later forget them completely. It’s another thing to be outraged, hurt, disgusted, and angry enough to want to prevent it from ever happening again. We owe it to Trayvon Martin and every single victim of racial profiling and racially motivated murders to make this country better than it is right now. To do that, we must take to the streets. We will not hide inside our homes because of fear mongering. We will not back down. We will march, we will scream at the top of our lungs that this is wrong, that stand your ground laws are wrong, that gun violence is wrong, that killing a teenager is wrong, that killing anyone is wrong, and we won’t stop, even after it stops.

President Obama’s response to the trial’s verdict:

President Barack Obama released a statement a day after the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, saying the “death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.

“And as we do, we should ask ourselves if were doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if were doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, thats a job for all of us. Thats the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

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