There was a part of me dreading a blog about both these cases. I really wanted to keep mum on the social networks about the whole ordeal. Why? Because as a parent, the last thing you want to do is bury your child. I mean you spend time & money on insurance plans for yourself so that your own final costs are the last thing they have to worry about. But it seems in this day and age, our youth are filling up the cemeteries instead. It didn’t matter what the verdict of the trial was going to be because outside of a providing some closure, it wasn’t bring poor Treyvon back to his parents or Mike Brown.
It doesn’t mean that the media won’t milk this for what it was or that folks aren’t going to become all conscious all of sudden. But it won’t be enough to bring about a new age civil rights movement. However it shines light on the fact that although society in this country has changed some since the Civil Rights Era, racism & prejudice never left. Why? Because we’ve forgotten about Civil Rights. We lost a cause to fight for. That was because the struggle was in your face with no filter. Nowadays, the discrimination hides in plain sight but attacks with a silent & deadly strike.
People are going to talk about this because of the media attention it’s gotten. The sad reality is that I don’t see it as just a race issue. I see it as another senseless murder. Now, I’m not sure how the outcome would’ve been had the skin color not been the issue but what I will say is this: There is (and has been) an uncontrollable, undeniable problem with senseless violence that is the result of black on black crime.
There is no media frenzy, no protesting, usually the perp is never caught or if they are, folks are posting or yelling “free my ni**a/homie” this/that. Nobody wants to tell (snitch). It saddens me because not long ago someone I know was gunned down for no reason besides sitting on his front step. He wasn’t a thug, he went to/from work and church. Lastly his actions weren’t in question to make anyone assume his death was the result of self-defense. For the most part, he was a really cool individual. And people won’t cry injustice because it was just your run-of-the-mill hood crime.
No violent crime is justifiable but to the same extent no one life is less valuable than the next. But you wouldn’t know it these days. The self hatred is astonishingly everywhere! And the ignorance is too.
I see it all to much in the ‘hood. People want justice and solace for their slain ones yet want pardons and forgiveness for those criminals that commit acts of violence. I don’t think that people aren’t worthy of forgiveness or should be forever deemed criminal but at some point, our people are going to have to become accountable for what is the source of our issues. What I will say is that there is a growing problem in the black community.
Regarding the trials, I think both Zimmerman & Officer Wilson should’ve been reprimanded beyond their verdicts but the truth is… I or no one knows for sure what happened except those involved. Was Trayvon stirring trouble or minding his own business? Was Mike Brown a suspect of robbery or another case of “fitting the description” racial profiling that day? Either way it cost them their young lives in a senseless & unjustifiable way. And if this does boil your grits… Many of the killings committed by police aren’t documented as crimes statistics.
Kinda makes you think more about what our justice system considers a crime and how the actual stats would be if all murders were recorded the same.
Nevertheless, I think in the wake if this tragedy black people as a whole need to wake up! We will have no justice until we unite! We will not be vindicated until we ourselves are just. Sadly, I fear that until the next race relation, my social media will return right back to senseless menagerie. Back to the self loathing, minstrel foolishness. Shit, the looting & riots have already ensued & it won’t be long before we toss out young back into the proverbial lion’s den. What will it take for us to protect our young instead of letting the streets do it?
We are a nation who were robbed of an identity, starved for a culture & rebellious to no causes… Except when prejudice & injustice rears its ugly head. That being said, we shouldn’t have to wait for another racist incident to bring us together. We surely don’t need to use it as an excuse to run wild & beget more violence. I mean looting a store…REALLY???
Another point is that the world is watching. Will they see us change for the better or wait for the next senseless crime that hides behind the law? Because let’s it… Racism never left. The biggest injustice will be for us to forget & go back to being puppets & minstrels. We are being dumbed down in schools & at home. We stopped standing for a cause of righteousness when black pride died decades ago.
He wasn’t even the victim of racial profiling. Do his memory a favor & don’t compare. This country was in another place then. A dark place. Today’s youth are out of control & almost all of them suffer some type of delinquency. Not saying Trayvon or Mike were bad seeds, their cases were different and in a different time. We don’t need to hide behind injustice to see that. We are a nation/race/species so divided. And it’s because of one clear fact, we lack the unity of the Civil Rights movement, we wallow in the ignorance of Jim Crow racism & we gloat in the blind rebellion of a nation on the brink of destruction! And sadly it may take more devastating tragedies & hate crimes for us to actively come together…especially when we self-hate, lack pride in ourselves & faith in God. Stop Turning up & Start showing up…. At the polls! At our schools! At our churches/mosques/synagogues! Mostly At Home where it starts!
Maybe then we will have enough focus with what’s actually wrong in our society.
Because let’s be real… If you’re not apart of a solution, then you’re apart of the problem.