Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving

Here's what several public figures are thankful for this year. What made me take notice was Chelsea Manning's piece. Not for the backstory but for persons that she was thankful for.  "TIME for Thanks | TIME.com" http://feedly.com/k/1b5NUag

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Justice for Trayvon, Justice for All

“Our investigation is color blind and based on the facts and circumstances, not color. I know I can say that until I am blue in the face, but as a white man in a uniform, I know it doesn’t mean anything to anybody.” Sanford (FL) Police Chief Bill Lee.

Well Mr. Lee it certainly doesn't mean anything to me. This color blind investigation is mere a ruse, a redirection, a deflection of the seriousness of the matter at hand.  A young boy, a black boy Trayvon Martin, was gunned down by a white man.  The white man goes free, the black boy goes to the morgue.



George Zimmerman believed that Trayvon, walking and minding his business in a gated townhome community should not have been there.  Zimmerman's racist framing doesn't allow him to see a boy walking minding his own business, his framing says that what he sees is a menace, a black menace, someone who does not belong, someone that should be removed.  Whether he intended or not, Zimmerman removed Trayvon from this earth permanently.

Accounts say that a struggle ensued somewhere.  Initial investigation by the police conclude that Zimmerman had injuries consistent with his claim of self defense.  Media Reports say that Zimmerman had been arrested before for battery on a police officer. Yet, Zimmerman was taken in for questioning and released because his record was "squeaky clean.".  Trayvon Martin was taken to the medical examiner and listed as John Doe.  When he died he didn't even have a name.

Zimmerman is still free, Martin is still dead.  His parents grieve for him.  Mothers and fathers of black and brown boys grieve for him and grieve for their own sons that are living and are at risk every single day of being harrassed, arrested, beaten or even killed.

I grieve for him and all black and brown children.  I'm tired of asking the question, when will this end?  I'm tired of no justice being served and having the real victims being treated as criminals even in death.  If the the justice system is not in our interest, if we cannot be with our children 24/7 365 to ensure they are not ensnared and taken out by hate, what can we do?

For Trayvon we can start by signing this petition to bring his killer to justice.  

Going forward, I do not know what we can do to be frank.  What I do know is that you nor I can sit on the side lines and allow the assault to continue. 

<photo courtesy of the family of Trayvon Martin>