It is always daunting to read a news story about injustice in this country, better yet the world. America’s judicial system is far from perfect, it is basically corrupt. Many citizens never seek equal justice granted by the constitution. I have recently become discomfit about the reaction from the media, public, activists, and politicians regarding the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin. I do not want to sound as if I am disparaging the life of this young man, but something needs to be said.
The murder of Trayvon Martin was a heinous, tragic, deliberate criminal act that should never have occurred. George Zimmerman was a paranoid nut on a power trip who was determined to cause bodily harm to any black man walking the streets. Most of us know the story; Trayvon was coming back from the store to satisfy his sweet tooth but was oblivious to the fact that he was being followed. Zimmerman proceeded to follow Martin because he labeled him as suspicious. Let’s remind us that this was subsequent to his 911 calling, informing the dispatcher of a suspicious person wearing a black hoodie and asking if he should follow the “suspicious intruder.” Zimmerman proceeded to follow Trayvon after being told not to, minutes later the young, unarmed African American teen–17 years of age–is shot dead.
There are many conflicting stories regarding the man, George Zimmerman some say he is a racist while others say he’s an obsessively protective neighborhood watch captain. Friends, neighbors, and family proclaim that he was devoted in protecting his fellow neighbors, that may be all good and dandy, but his motive is certainly changed when he shot and killed Trayvon. My interpretation of the 2nd amendment is to protect your property, self, and family from criminals, certainly not to deliberately go after someone you perceive suspicious. That is not the way it works.
It’s limpid to see how this incident has made many people of all ethnicities, especially African Americans frustrated and exasperated that justice has not been served in Trayvon’s case. I understand the anger, it angers me as well; I see the reasoning behind marches and inveighing. But where were these marches for the million dead Iraqis, the innocent families eradicated by drones, where were these marches when our very own government funded terrorist groups that killed 40,000 Black Libyans, or the hundreds of thousands of injustices that never see national attention? I know it’s easier to relate to Trayvon’s case because it’s so close to home, but million of injustices are never fought.
The media is no different, analyze how much attention they have devoted to Trayvon Martin’s death–certainly needs the attention? And compared it to the massacre of 17 Afghan civilians by U.S. Army staff sergeant, Robert Bales, who enlisted in his 5th tour and also diagnosed with PTSD, prescribed anti-depressants. Russian Today–alternative media–was the only media outlet from my knowledge to actually acknowledged to the victims who were killed by name, while the lap dog media treated the victims as corps.
It seems that I only see activists like Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, evolve out of hibernation when there is an injustice in the black community. These opportunists have the tendency to make color injustice a civil rights issue. Civil rights are not on the color line, it affects all of humanity. Would these career activists be present to fight for injustice against Latino, Asian, Muslim or even White America that’s to be debated? It’s hard to decipher whether Zimmerman’s violent actions were race related even though there is evidence suggesting otherwise. Racism is usually incited to encourage more anger and outrage to a populace that have historically fought racial injustices for years. Yes, I am insinuating that these opportunists utilize the racial component to continue the dialogue of race and avoiding the fight for injustice for all.
I’ve heard many people lauding President Obama’s statement about the death of Trayvon Martin, I didn’t. I saw it as another politician turning a tragic event into a political diversion. In one part of the president’s statement he personalized the young man’s death by saying, that if he had a son, he would like Trayvon, but was those words uttered when Oscar Grant was murdered or the murders of millions across the country? No. Obama also knows that this type of propaganda will benefit his campaign in scoring brownie points.
There is very few opposition that Zimmerman didn’t shoot Trayvon in self-defense, even former governor Jeb Bush has publicly admitted that self-defense is invalid in this case and that he should have been charged by now. We pray, hope, and fight that another case will not be lost to an unjust system.
Society is quick to gravitate towards a populous movement amplified by the media and activists, then to create racial division. We have seen this stunt time and time again, a criminal act has been committed and racial propaganda is used to kindle more anger in the people. People are eager to fight the cause and march aside Al Sharpton believing it’s the right thing to do–there is nothing wrong with that–but when you only fight injustice for Blacks, you force injustice to the color line.
There is injustice committed all across this world – Dyncorp, UN and Halliburton running white slavery rings – especially in our own backyard; our own president knowingly killed two American citizens, Anwar Al-Awlaki and his son Abdulrahman without due process. There was no protest, no marches, just silence and acceptance from most of the masses. Same response when Obama had the audacity to say that drone attacks resulted in very little casualties, which is farthest from the truth.
There needs to be a cohesive fight for injustice for all of humanity; if you want to march wearing your black hoodie don’t just wear it in remembrance of Trayvon, where it for all who have been killed unjustly–from all ethnic backgrounds. Continue the protest of the innocent from big cities like NYC to small villages in Pakistan.the