In regard to the verdict: Let’s take our emotions out of this for a moment and THINK. 1. This case was never supposed to go to trial. It was brought by pressure from us. Example: You want a trial? Yeah sure we’ll give you a trial. 2. As hopeful as we were, this case had little to no chance for Murder 2. There are only two versions of malice in this case and the one who has the other version is dead. The case, as many lawyers have written, should have been focused on how the murder could have been prevented and gone after manslaughter. Then we could have brought in the 911/311 operator (Where was he anyway), Zimmerman’s police history, and put his credibility under the microscope overall. That is everyone’s emotional and logical thoughts on what SHOULD have happened, but, again none of this was supposed to happen. Think of the medical examiner (Mr. I know nothing) and all of the holes in the prosecutions case. There was not a chance because in Murder 2 you have to prove intent and in this case you can’t with no witnesses and one dead party. The facts and evidence could not hold up to that standard. I believe that the State knew this, but chose to go with Murder 2?
But it wasn’t supposed to happen anyway. We were appeased, because we were angry. We got what we asked for, a trial, not justice. A trial.
Now we’re protesting and analyzing. I will ask you to THINK about our next moves. Civil case? Sure. Federal Civil Rights case? Why not…
And then what?
Several folks in my city went down and marched today for Trayvon then rushed home to watch Love & Hip Hop…
So now what?
Will we continue to walk blindly behind the mask that “It will be okay?”
Will we continue to provide nonsense Monday-Saturday & Verses on Sunday?
Will we continue to support the destruction of children through a lack of balance in what they consume as entertainment even if we see their personalities become it?
Or will we educate our children on THE FACT that THE WORLD IS SELFISH AND ONLY CARES ABOUT WHAT IT THINKS, NOT YOU.
Will we educate our children on the fact that the media will portray you as a criminal first, even in death. That the media will expose your past to kill your present and taint your future. That the media will do all of this to your life for ENTERTAINMENT. News shows included.
Will we inform our children that the game of life is to be played just like Madden 2014! Pull up your pants, Tie that #bowtie, and play these fools! Speak with diction and play these fools. No you’re not changing who you are. YOU’RE CHANGING HOW THEY THINK! And once you’re in the game, you will a. Apparently, save your life, and b. actually open the door so that ignorant people can begin to see you for who you are. (Is this not what we are looking for? to be seen as humans? To be respected as men and women?)
This was a case of PERCEPTION. Trayvon, 3.7 GPA having, Athletic, Family Loving, Martin was PERCEIVED to be a threat! Solely based on HOW HE LOOKED and murdered in cold blood because of it. This is an especially troubling fact in the black community because WE ACTUALLY PROMOTE AND ENABLE THESE ACTIONS AND BEHAVIORS through our representations socially and in music, television, and print.
No! I do not care how you dress or speak. But I do care that how you dress and speak can get you killed in cold blood with no penalty (in Florida and some other places). Think about it. We would not know who Martin Luther King was if he was not a media darling. He used that influence to gain the following of Americans nation-wide.
As we are all emotional and hurting on both sides of this issue, let’s take time and energy to think of how to curb this American problem in the most intelligent ways possible. Start in your circle of influence, your home, your children and educate them on what the world is. Then lets spread the message through our outreach efforts. Each of us has this responsibility…
But what will we do?