These are my thoughts on the Trayvon Martin trial after reading some of the unbelievably racist comments posted about this murdered child.
In reading these comments, all I can do is shake my head and wonder if they’ll ever come a time in America when racism is dead. Maybe. But probably not in my lifetime. I remember the OJ Simpson trial and I was one of the folks in the Black community who thought OJ was guilty. I wasn’t alone. But I remember myriad reasons why folks thought he was innocent. And I wondered what evidence they were looking at?
In reading some of the comments about Trayvon Martin I have deja vue. I wonder what trial these people are watching. This child was walking home in his own neighborhood. An adult followed him and he (Trayvon) wound up dead. Like a young lady just said on MSNBC, Zimmerman got out of the car with a loaded gun that had “a bullet with Trayvon’s name on it.” Zimmerman’s injuries were not life threatening; he’s told one lie after another one and even said that Trayvon’s death was “God’s Will—” a sociopathic statement if I’ve ever heard one. There were so many other ways he could have resolved this situation (including staying in his car) without killing Trayvon.
And this wasn’t half the evidence.
Yet according to some delusional folks Zimmerman was always innocent. Only I don’t think they’re delusional. I think they’re dishonest. And I wish they’d just stop. I wish they’d just say “I hate Black folks” or all “Black boys are thugs” or “I don’t want them in my neighborhood” etc. Instead of insisting that Zimmerman, after he stalked Trayvon (which he’s admitted to) innocently shot an unarmed 17 year old in self-defense. They don’t believe that. They believe that Zimmerman, an honorary white boy, had the RIGHT to take Trayvon’s life if he wanted to. And I wish they’d just say that. But I guess honestly is too much to expect. Maybe 50 years from today?
Trayvon, rest in peace sweetheart. My prayers are with your family.
The struggle for justice, for peace for equality continues…