Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
In 2012, a civilian white man can claim self-defense for an unwarranted killing of an unarmed black boy and face no charges—Emmett Till anyone?
I can say nothing about this incredibly absurd injustice that has not already been said. Here’s, however, what I will say:
My generation must be careful no to grow too comfortable. Many of us have developed a mentality so jaded, that if tragedy doesn’t directly impact our day to day lives, it isn’t a cause worth fighting against. So pleased are we with our minimal efforts to “speak out” about tragedies like this one, our ancestors may very well be rolling in their graves. Everyday since birth, we’ve benefitted from our brave predecessors that could not simply click a link, tweet or update their Facebook statuses—they marched, they hosted sit-in’s, they were hosed down—all so that we could live in a society where basic human rights were granted to everyone, despite their race. Sure, black people have come a long way, but Trayvon’s murder proves that American society still has a ways to go.
If Trayvon’s murder doesn’t invoke outrage, then I fear we may be doomed to regress to a society that allows the lives of black people to be deemed less valuable. The homegirl ThikandKurly gets it and I feel her frustration and pain.
Given the circumstances of Trayvon Martin’s death, this boy could’ve been and may someday be you or me. That’s not a society that I want to live in… so, I know that I am impacted, because I, too, am Trayvon Martin.
At the end of the day, Trayvon is gone— so, there can be only punishment for Zimmerman, never justice.