STAND YOUR GROUND
It’s been along time, I shouldn’t of left you… RAKIM
For all the readers and supporters of BLOG LIFE, I greet you with peace and love. We here in the US are right in the middle of summer, even though depending on what part of the country your in, it doesn’t seem so. More like late spring or early fall. I recently read that Acreage, Alaska had the longest consecutive days of 70+-degree weather, ever, in history. This may scare some, but if your living there this summer rules! Further south, way south, the world was watching the George Zimmerman trial. Polarizing would be an understatement. Not since the O.J. trial had a case been able to open that old wound that just cant get right called racism in America. It is her Karma. No matter how many “blacks” make it out, even as far as the White House, she will never shake it. The facts of the case: ugly. The verdict: incredulous. There are some that may blame the Prosecution team; some may even blame the Jury. Those who would choose to blame the system would be a little closer to being spot on right, but still fundamentally wrong. At this cases essence you have George Zimmerman, an average human being who never excelled at anything in his life until that night he got beat up by Trayvon. Even then he was about to again be a loser, if it were not for the equalizer he possessed on his waste, to leave him “victorious”. Then you have young Trayvon Martin, smart kid, although not an A student, smoked a little weed, liked girls, planes and sports. Not really a threat to anyone but himself at this point. Yet, Zimmerman does not know this, nor does he care. He is like millions of other Americans who see a young black male as a “problem” that needs fixing. He profiled, pre-judged, then stalked, eventually accosted an oblivious teenager who was well within his civil right to be where he was and
STAND HIS GROUND.
All of this is known by most, but I still feel like people expected this one time, just this one time… for America to get it right. It was not to be. A Jury of Zimmerman’s peers, 5 white woman and one Hispanic, all agreed with the law and set him free. One juror, the Hispanic mom of 8, came out publically, days afterword, and said she felt “remorseful and terrible” about her part in it, but by definition of the law, felt compelled to vote not guilty. Brave lady. This case has struck such a cord with the black and brown community, so I’m anxious to see how the future holds up for her. The facts were there for all to see hear or read and after 5 short weeks it was all over. The night the verdict was read it rained a little. I went to take it all in on my back porch. Almost in tears, I felt deflated and a little hopeless. I have 3 sons so this hits home directly for me. They, as I was, will at some point be racially profiled, if it hasn’t happened to them already. Hopefully not to my youngest though, he’s only two! SMH. This countries first black President Obama, came forward admitting that he to experienced the same form of ignorance as a young man. It’s no secret, but it sort of like the “elephant in the room”, everybody knows it’s here but most would rather pretend it’s all-good and they don’t smell the shit being plopped in our laps everyday. It happens so often and in so many different ways, we almost become immune to it and learn to expect it. Like the fake smile some older white woman offer when they step on an elevator or find them selves alone with you. The smile says, “Please don’t kill, rob or rape me!” Or the nervous feeling we feel when the cops get behind us, even when we are 100 percent legit! We have the unfortunate knowledge of knowing innocence only gets you so far when you are black or brown. There were some small demonstrations after the verdict was announced, but nothing on the scale of the L.A. riots of 1992. Two of my sons actually went and protested with thousands of other people in conjunction with the goal to get this case Federally tried. No word yet from the feds, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on it. This particular case is not about civil rights anymore, well not in the traditional sense. No this time, civil rights of other civilians were upheld. You ask whom? The gun owners won this time yall and they “earned” it the old fashion way, with the media and money. The NRA funded George Zimmerman’s case, maybe not on the surface but surely its members helped to keep his law fund nice and fat, Fat enough to provide the expert testimony that helped get him off. It was getting ugly for them too! Gun control is a hot button topic in this country, especially after high profile case such as the Colorado movie theater massacre and Sandy Hook; most people on the fence were now leaning towards some serious changes being made. Add the Chicago epidemic into the fold and Zimmerman was just what the doctor ordered for the defendants of the 2nd Amendment. They needed this. Wanted it and paid for it. I wouldn’t be surprised if enough cash was spread around to all parties involved, minus the Martins. NO, all they got were prayers. I saw so many “Praying for Trayvon and his parents” tweets and post I almost vomited. What the hell is a prayer going to do? (Waits for a bolt a lightning…) Defiantly won’t dry his mother’s tears or help his father’s immense anger and feelings of guilt. And maybe a guilty verdict wouldn’t have either. Maybe it was just “us” wanting justice. See if I lose one of mine like that, guilty, not guilty, it doesn’t matter really. My child is gone and another man’s punishment, be it many years in jail or even death, won’t heal the gaping wound in my heart. Only time can do that, I think. I took my boys to see Fruitvale Station the day it was released. Up until that point I had never saw a movie that made me shed tears. It’s about another case in this country where a young black man, lying on his stomach, is killed. Oscar Grant was shot in the back on New Years day 2009 after hanging out with friends and his girl. The movie, which I feel should be considered for an “Oscar”, details the final hours of his short life. He was on the verge of making some significant changes in his already troublesome life, but it was not to be. Riots, a trial and many debates on how wrong the jury was in that case ensued. I believe the transit cop in that case did 11 months total. What’s a black life worth? Tupac once wondered in a song and it’s hard not to answer… “Not much.” To “them.”
P.S. Pay attention to the Jordan Davis case down in Florida. That’s if they don’t bury it.
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