A Black view of the Zimmerman trial
As I write this hub I do so with a heavy heart. This was intended to be a vent about the injustice of the day, the verdict in the Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman case. After a couple of drafts the direction of the piece shifted from my overall disappointment in the outcome. The obvious phoning in of the case by the prosecution and the almost cartoonish defense provided by Zimmerman’s legal counsel to create doubt in the minds of the jurors. I expect there will be hundreds of such blogs posted to the internet over the next 24 hours therefore have instead decided to address a greater problem in the Black community, Black people. You see, while Zimmerman pulled the trigger, the truth is that each of you should take greater responsibility for the death of Trayvon Martin and every young Black child that loses his life through violence.
Just about every black judge, lawyer, parole officer, policeman, politician, musician, entertainer, media personality, or professional athlete can take some responsibility in the death of Trayvon Martin. So, tonight as you put down your “Remember Trayvon” signs, take a deep look in the mirror.
July 13th 2013 should serve as a reminder to all Black Americans of their continued failure to fulfill their obligation to the next generation. A collapse of epic proportion that has worked to destroy the Black community from the inside out for decades. As a fifty-three year old Black male I count myself in the numbers of those who have turned their back on their community. It is time for us to trade our reactive approach of wanting justice that will never happen for the proactive approach needed to address the deficiencies we have ourselves allowed to drive our community.
The great imitators we are, imitating the savage, unjust, and lustful characteristics of those that once held our ancestors in bondage. We have internalized the brutality that we have experienced for centuries, until it has become a sub-culture within our communities. The victims of this glorified sub-culture are the children, our children who die daily. You see it is not the color of the hand by which they die, but the fact that they are no longer a living, breathing, functioning part of this society.
It is time for Black males who deny their responsibility to their community to stand up and be counted instead of lying down to count their money. It is time to bring character back to the Black family, the character and pride that our ancestors instilled in their children. Character that outlasted the evil doings of the society in which we lived. Character that honored our mothers, protected our sisters, and worshiped our life partners.
Watch intensely as they celebrate their victory tonight and compare their celebration with that of your own. The smug manner in which you both celebrate the joy of destroying the black community. Your celebration in song filled with prideful boast of indiscretions, violence, and lack of values. You celebrate in politics, exchanging your ability to make real change in the black community for your own personal gains. You celebrate in the judicial system, by playing politics with the lives of young Black men in order to insure that your coffers are overflowing with a portion of the spoils gained by the demonization of the Black man. Your desire to separate from the black community, unless convenient to your pocket book has driven a wedge between the black haves and the black have-nots that make the latter easy targets for a society that is hell bent on using them as cheap labor or victims of those caught in the unjust system you support with every breath of your being.
While I harbor great disappointment in the outcome of the Zimmerman trial, I realize that my disappointment in myself is even greater. It’s time to change the approach in order to change the outcome. Let’s start with truth.
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