In the midst of planning my wedding, I had to take a moment to remove the bridal veil and focus in on the inhumanity of this country.
I am re-watching Trayvon Martin’s mother take the stand and I really would like to be surprised at the outcome of this case but, this is just a sheer example of the injustice that still overshadows this country. A child is dead. A child has been taken from this country, because of his appearance and how he looked. Wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of Skittles, this child proved to be a “threat.” Really?
Now I am not going to go IN tonight, as it is 4:21AM CST and I need to finally go to sleep. But, black people have been under the heels of this country for a lifetime. When minorities, all minorities, not just African Americans,are born, and do not look a certain way, I really, truly believe it determines a lot in how you are treated in this country.
It really pains me to know that Zimmerman, on a jury of women, was considered “not guilty.” Now, I know Zimmerman is part hispanic heritage- okay, fine- making him a minority. At the end of the day a crime is a crime is a crime.
I have this memory of growing up in Boston, MA. I went into a McDonald’s at the age of 12 with my Caucasian best friend and was not served. I grew up in the nineties!!!! Growing up in Boston, was not all that it was cracked up to be. I have memories of my father being spit on and called a “nigger.” I think about my aunt who attended Harvard and had the most difficult time of her life, trying to get through school.
The color of ones skin can predetermine how one is treated in this country. When are we going to medically treat this country of its racist roots? What cracks me up, is that people say, because we have a black president that we are in a “post racial society.” What a joke! Yes, Obama is the start to something, but cases like this- the Trayvon Martin case- throw us all right back into Middle Passage. Limbo. Where do we go from now? Where will we end up?
Now this blog entry is not at all intended to be a white versus black entry, although I can very EASILY make it into one. But, those who have read my “Simple Dinner Conversation” blog entry will know my stance on race period. This blog entry is intended to shed light on this country and what are the ways in which we can step outside of social media and make a change.
In about 27 days I am marrying a white British man. Who has a lot to learn about my race and ethnicity. He has a lot to learn about what it means, for me, to be a black person in AMERICA. He has a lot to learn and understand about the history of struggle for black men and women in this country. From this Trayvon Martin case, I found myself thinking so much about my future children. If I have a son or daughter, where will we raise them? They will be the best parts of both of us and what if something like this were to happen to them? This country has too much going on and daily I have been considering raising my children abroad.
Americans in the past couple of years have: bombed a marathon; killed a young teenager in Florida; massacred a children’s school in Connecticut; killed audience members at a movie theatre. You kind of wonder what the heck is in the water? There are so many crimes that have not even been published in the news. Chicago, the place where I live currently, is one of the many murder capitals in this country. How can we get together and make a difference?
Zimmerman killed this young man, but this “case” has happened already in different forms:
2010: DJ Henry, 20, was shot through the windshield of his car as he drove away from a disturbance outside a bar in Thornwood. Earlier in the day, he had played for Pace University’s football team on Homecoming Day.
2006: Sean Bell, a 23-year-old New York City man due to be married later that day, walked out of a Queens strip club, climbed into a gray Nissan Altima with two friends who had been celebrating with him — and died in a hail of 50 bullets fired by a group of five police officers.
1999: Amadou Bailo Diallo, 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea who was shot and killed in New York City on February 4, 1999 by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers: Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, who fired a combined total of 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo, outside his apartment at 1157 Wheeler Avenue in the Soundview section of The Bronx. The four were part of the now-defunct Street Crimes Unit. All four officers were acquitted at trial in Albany, New York. Diallo was unarmed at the time of the shooting, and a firestorm of controversy erupted subsequent to the event as the circumstances of the shooting prompted outrage both within and outside New York City. Issues such as police brutality, racial profiling, and contagious shooting were central to the ensuing controversy.
There is a great book I read when I was little called “The Color of Water,” by James McBride. The young boy in the book asks his mother what color God is and the mother simply says “the color of water.” If God, who is supposed to be the most high, does not see color, why does it consume us?
This country has a history of suppressing minorities. Whether the suppression means throwing small pox blankets on Native Americans, stealing Africans from their once rich nations or pouncing on the Chinese for the railroads they have created, all in all, America needs to sort it out. How can we also stop internal racism as well? People of the same race killing each other for what! For gangs, for disputes, for what?
It is time to take the color war in our own hands and fight. It is time to fight for justice. As an American, I am embarrassed by this verdict, but not surprised. The law won.
In this Trayvon Martin Case, all I have to say is, in my opinion, God sees all. HE will have the ultimate justice. Luke 12:3 “Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!” It doesn’t matter what your beliefs are: karma will always have the last tee-hee. What goes around comes around. We can hopefully all agree on that.
I am all for putting on the hoodies and showing support. But, we need to do something more in our communities to protect children and adults from these monstrous crimes.
Stop the color wars. Help make a change to stop senseless acts of crime. Let’s March, Let’s get to work.
What are you going to do now? How has this case affected you? Would love to hear your thoughts?
actor | playwright | director