“The dead cannot cry out for justice. It is a duty of the living to do so for them.” – Lois McMaster Bujold.
Something to consider while many of you continue to throw a pissy-fit over the amount of news coverage, and the protests that have ensued following the events of Travon Martin’s murder. You don’t have to agree with the information, or the facts, or even that it was a hate crime. You can …call it self-defense, you can call it a hate-crime, you can say it was pre-meditated murder, you can all it negligence, you can call it whatever you want, even if your “truth” is very false.
The least you can do, is beg the question of justice. Many of you fail to realize the institutional problems that are prevalent within the “justice system” and the police force.
Rape victims are shrugged off, and for the ones that are not their rape kits are typically vaulted and forgotten about. Most victims of rape are victims not from strangers, but from people they knew, and yet, cops typically don’t even write a report when a call is made that something of that nature has happened – why? Because the male said nothing happened. Black men are typically portrayed as criminals, even though they only make 12.8% of the population currently (but 50% of prisoners).
You’re a hypocrite if you think that George Zimmerman should simply be set free. You’re so quick to assume that he’s the true victim. Funny thing is, the victor always writes the history books.
Just because he’s Hispanic in some part does not mean that it couldn’t have been racially motivated. Racism is prejudice plus power. Power is a loosely defined term. To exercise that power takes very little on the part of individuals.
Regardless of all of this information. I simply ask that you set your opinions aside, and at the very least acknowledge that another teenager has died. Another member of the Black community has died. You continually protect the rights of the unborn, yet you blow off the fact that a person, who’s already alive, has now died. I question your worldview and your perception.
As people, we’ve grown accustomed to a lifestyle where death is ignored, it’s trivialized. We grew from a people who cherished death as much life garnering from this idea that both were vitally important, natural, and inevitable.
So again, be angry not at the media. Not at the movement who only wishes to find JUSTICE. Be angry at yourself for not having done more to prevent this kind of thing from happening. Be angry at the system. Grieve for the loss of another child, another human being, another life.
Lastly, seek not to be a hypocrite.