Reflection: THE TRAYVON VERDICT ITS NOT OKAY TO k!ll ME/US
As a black man in this country I have personally dealt with, witnessed and experienced issues of race and inequality in my life, and the life of others. I have personal feelings about these issues, as well as deep resentments about how we as a country, a people and a race have come to accept hatred, racism, inequality, poverty, un-education, and the lack of a consorted family. I have a little brother who is TrayVon Martins age, I was his age, and I know other brothers and sisters who are just like young Trayvon. I am personally upset, with how we as a community of Black men have allowed the criminal justice system, Racism, and inequality to raise, correct, define, and destroy and or k!ll our children and community. We as Leaders of our family and communities have allowed the world to view us and to stereotype us in ways that have very little to do with who we are, what we accomplished as a people, and what we truly value. We are looked upon as dumb, uneducated, effiminate, weak, hedonistic, parasitic, poor, and almost barbaric when it comes to what is portrayed about us in this day and age of sensational media, social media, and print and digital publications. At times it appears that we just accept what is given to us, and that we are unmotivated to f!ght back and or speak truth to power. TRAYVON MARTIN; IS NOT THE FIRST AND IS NOT THE LAST TO BE STOPPED SHORT OF HIS PURPOSE UNNECCESARILY, by the hands of an a.ssailant because of his skin color, the clothes he chooses to wear, the music he listens to, the community he lives or chooses to walk through. TRAYVON IS A SYMBOL, AND A SYMPTOM OF A LARGER AILMENT. The laws that are constructed to let racist murderers go free, to keep our people locked up for longer periods of time, to keep us drunk and high and lethargic in our communities, by placing liquor stores, fast food restaraunts, pay day loans, pawn shops, and other establishments the keep us further in the mud of poverty, and un-education, WE ARE NOT f!ghtING BACK, WE ARE NOT STANDING UP, WE ARE NOT PUSHING AGAINST THE PEOPLE WHO PUSH US FURTHER DOWN. BLACKING OUT YOUR AVATAR IS A SHOW OF SOLIDARITY, BUT ITS NOT ENOUGH. WE HAVE TO EDUCATE OURSELVES, WE HAVE TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN, WE HAVE TO STAND UP AGAINST INJUSTICE, RACISM, UNEQUALITY NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR WHO IT HAPPENS TO, WE HAVE TO BUILD OUR RESOURCES POOL THEM AND BECOME COLLECTIVE. WE DONT NEED A MESSIAH WE NEED STRONG MEN WHO ARE NOT SCARED OF WHITE FOLKS OR WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL THE PEOPLE IN POWER WHO DO WHAT THEY FEEL WITHOUT ANY FEELING ABOUT YOU OR YOURS. WE HAVE TO BECOME POLITICAL, WE HAVE TO BECOME SCIENTIFIC, WE HAVE TO BECOME ONE WHO WE TRULY ARE. THE CHILDREN OF THE MOST HIGH. THE VERDICT IS IN. NOT GUILTY!!!! ITS NOT OKAY TO k!ll ME ITS NOT OKAY TO k!ll HIM, ITS NOT OKAY TO k!ll US, ITS NOT OKAY TO SITBACK AND LET THIS HAPPEN AGAIN AND AGAIN. I love my family, my fiance, and my people with all of me. I pledge to f!ght the good f!ght and BE THE CHANGE I WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.