Americans have long claimed to have a special moral and religious exception. Indeed, these proclamations undergird the American ideal that speaks to the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But despite the glorification and avowed wisdom of the Founding Fathers, those cherished ideals were intended FOR WHITE MEN ONLY.
When George Zimmerman killed 17 year old Trayvon Martin, he had an accomplice…the racist history of a nation. The murder of Trayvon Martin is nothing new, but his unanswered cries for help and the callous disregard for his loss is symbolic of the plight of Black men in America where freedom and Constitutional safeguards for the Black man have never been a commitment of this nation.
Yes, I believe it was Trayvon screaming for help because of the youthful tenor of the voice and I don’t believe one can yell “help” so persistently while their head is supposedly being pounded against a sidewalk 25 times. And about those wounds, didn’t the EMT’s who treated him at the scene have the ability to diagnose a broken nose? And when exactly were those pictures taken because if the rain washed away the blood evidence from Trayvon Martin, why didn’t it wash away the blood from Zimmerman? But it isn’t my intent to reargue the case.
The first race riots in decades erupted in south-central Los Angeles after a jury acquitted four white police officers for the videotaped beating of African-American Rodney King. It is the judicial history of our fair country that Whites who murder Blacks are acquitted over and over again.
From the beating of Rodney King to the shooting of Amadou Diallo who was unarmed and shot 19 times in front of his home, or Orlando Barlow who was on his knees in a position of surrender when shot by officers who (in their off-time) wore T-shirts that read “Baby Daddy Removal Team”. The brutality and the killing of minorities is almost “as American as apple pie”.
At first I was angered by the airing of the trial, but in the final analysis I was happy it aired because there are many, many fair-minded whites who finally had a first-hand look at what Blacks have complained about for years. Admittedly, I never thought Zimmerman would be convicted. To do so would have been an indictment of the Sanford police department, would have legitimized the protests and given credibility to the complaints of African Americans. God forbid.
George Zimmerman pulled the trigger on the gun that pierced the heart of that young boy that evening, but he had an accomplice. Trayvon Martin was killed by long-standing doctrines that prescribe discrimination against Americans based on sociodemographic characteristics and other traits. Trayvon deserved to die because he smoked marijuana, because he knew how to fight and because he was Black.
Trayvon Martin was killed by politicians who fail to set policies based on a boundless respect for human life. Where eugenics failed to “breed a better human being”, the ongoing quest to control demographics is answered by the prison industrial complex and death. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, illiteracy and Black men disappear from public view in cages behind stone walls and beneath the manicured grounds of graveyards.
Trayvon Martin was killed by the media that colors every mundane event of our times. Take for example the constant exposure of Chicago’s murder rate. Anyone would think the city has become a midwestern O.K. Corral. So why is the city experiencing a booming tourist season? Not because blood-thirsty thrill-seekers want to go and view the dead bodies lying on every corner, but because what the media is not telling is that Chicago is far from being the shooting capitol of the country.
Trayvon Martin was killed by our leaders who have an obligation to lead society away from the disrespect of so many lives, but instead indulge in demonization, demagoguery and disrespect of Gays, women, children, Muslims, immigrants, Latinos, the president, one another and Blacks…especially Blacks.
Trayvon Martin was killed by all who stand silent in the face of intolerance.
The jury returned a verdict that endorsed the declarations of Walton Henry Butler of Florida, who after shooting an African American man in the head expressed disbelief over his arrest, telling officers “I only shot a nigger.”
And so it goes.