Saturday, July 13, 2013

Make Me Wanna Holler: Remember Trayvon Martin

As everyone who is not in a coma or asleep right now probably knows, the verdict is in in the George Zimmerman trial. The Florida jury of six women found Zimmerman not guilty. Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year but claimed self-defense. Martin was unarmed.

All I have to say to this news as an African-American mother of a young black male is from now on, we "Remember Trayvon." But are the words "Remember Trayvon" the words a mother wants to say to her black son whenever he leaves the house to run errands? No, they are not, but I fear they may need to be spoken.

Even in the Wild West it was considered disgraceful to shoot an unarmed man. Is this era more barbaric than that one? I'm sure someone will remind me that shooting an unarmed black man in America has always been more likely legal than illegal.

Tonight, I'm in the mood for one song, "Inner City Blues" by Marvin Gaye, but the blues is far beyond the city tonight.


Anonymous said...

That song is exactly right. Wow, so sad :(

le0pard13 said...

Zimmerman was the accused, but they tried the victim Trayvon in the trial -- much like they did Rodney King (and you know I'm from L.A. and could spot the similarities). I agree with Josh Marshall of TPM:

"I’m not surprised the jury didn’t convict Zimmerman of 2nd Degree Murder. I am surprised it doesn’t qualify as manslaughter. The law in Florida has some peculiarities which heavily favored Zimmerman. But this was a situation he created through actions that I don’t think anyone can credibly argue weren’t reckless and showing extremely poor judgment. If a kid who was literally minding his own business ends up dead as the result, it’s hard for me to see it as a just outcome if there’s no criminal culpability whatsoever."

Unfortunately, we've seen this all before, dammit.