Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A Bottle of Tea, a Bag of Skittles and Demands for Justice

A bottle of tea. A bag of Skittles.

Hardly life threatening weapons. But they can be considered threatening, if you are a young black man walking at dusk, even if you are on your way home.
Young Trayvon Martin was considered dangerous, by George Zimmerman, a self appointed neighborhood watch leader in a gated Florida community where Trayvon was walking on his way home from a convenience store.

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George Zimmerman accosted, shot and killed Trayvon Martin because the 17 year old 'looked suspicious'. Zimmerman, to date, has not been arrested. While social media has been ablaze with outrage over this case, there has been scant coverage (with the exception of CNN) by cable news and certainly by network news, of what may arguably be considered the 21st century equivalent of the Emmitt Till murder of 1955.

It is a reminder that what is really dangerous to be young, black or brown in America.

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As a father of two sons who died far too young, I can tell you nothing is more unnatural than to have to bury your children. As a father of one of those sons whose life was cut short by violence, I can tell you that it is there is never a way to make sense of such a tragedy. And as a religious and community leader who has seen more of his share of young men whose primary crime was being the wrong color in the wrong place I can tell you that there is nothing more heartbreaking, humiliating and frustrating.

The U.S. Justice Department announced yesterday that it, along with the FBI will open investigations in this case.


""The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation," Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said in a written statement. "The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident.""


"Florida Gov. Rick Scott also weighed in Monday evening, ordering the state Department of Law Enforcement to provide "any assistance necessary" to local investigators."

Pray for justice and peace for Trayvon and his family...

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