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Racial Injustice in America...Who's Responsible For Speaking Out?

Controversial blog: Why isn't there more unity when unspeakable racial injustice arises? Read to get to the hard questions that don't get asked.

By now the news of the unfortunate injustice associated with Trayvon Martin has infiltrated the globe thanks in large part to social media. There has been an outpouring of outrage demanding justice for the 17-year-old's family. We have all seen videos, posts, statuses, recordings, photos, and even people sporting hoodies all to try to send a message.

When I first heard the story I was appalled...I figured there must be some mistake. How could this man's actions be justified? How could following this young man and holding a gun to his head while he was completely defenseless be construed as self defense?

After I listened to the 911 recordings, the girlfriend's cell phone account, and read through some of the other details of the story, I was even more shocked. I learned Trayvon was an A/B student, played football for his high school and was generally loved by all. As I read on, I couldn't help shake the feeling that something like this could really happen anywhere, even here in Summit, NJ.

The story was eating at me so I started to post links, information, sign petitions and whatever else I could do from my computer. I also was making a point to comment on other people's posts and statuses on the topic and I started noticing that most of the people who were so outraged by this story, were black.

I remember in  watching videos from various Civil Rights marches and demonstrations back in the 60's and wondering to myself why were there so few people of other races marching too?

And I wonder today, why are there so few people of other races outraged about Trayvon Martin? I've actually seen numerous comments about the incident listing every excuse from what he was wearing, to the corrupt police department, to the "stand your ground" version of the legislation in question.

But in reality...the only thing George Zimmerman knew about Trayvon, was that he was black...and with that information, he made the decision to ignore his pleas for mercy and pull the trigger.

I am outraged as a mother, an American and a Human...the fact that I'm also white never even seemed relevant when I started posting and researching other similar cases, and yes, there are other similar cases. In fact, did you know there are modern day lynchings taking place and being passed off as suicides?

We know fear plus ignorance equals hate...and we seem to be completely surrounded by uncertainties that cause fear these days, so the only way to avoid the perpetuation of more hate is through education. People, ALL PEOPLE, need to wake up and realize that these hate crimes are taking place and rarely make the mainstream media. This means there is a clear social responsibility to speak up and speak out.

But who's responsibility is it? As parents, brothers, sisters, students, teachers, and Americans, isn't it every one's? So here's the call to action. I inserted the link to the petition below...but the real call to action is awareness and it's really not just about Trayvon. 

Put down the Groupon and Google some articles. Turn off American Idol and talk to people...doing something is better than nothing...doing nothing says so much.

As the world around us changes, and I think it's clear to see that it is, we need to look at some serious issues. The unknowns politically, economically, the angst surrounding sexism, racism and other isms, and of course the global unrest. How are we as individuals dealing and coping with the fear and stress that comes with turmoil? I will dig in next post to how Summit as a community can hedge against whatever is to come. Comments and thoughts are always welcomed.

LG

Petition - http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-our-son-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

Girlfriend's account of events leading up to the shooting - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/trayvon-martin-final-moments_n_1366697.html

Modern Day Lynchings documentary - http://www.tvfirstlook.com/2012/02/review-injustice-files-at-end-of-rope.html

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20 year Summit Resident April 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Shelby Steele: The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin The absurdity of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton is that they want to make a movement out of an anomaly. Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303302504577323691134926300.html#articleTabs%3Darticle
Monk April 05, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Meanwhile, "[c]elebrating his victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night, [Marion] Barry spoke up about the prominence of businesses owned by Asians in the District. We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said in remarks first reported by WRC-TV. “They ought to go. I’m going to say that right now. But we need African-American businesspeople to be able to take their places, too.” And in other news: "The White House’s spokesman said Thursday that the president believes that a golf club in Augusta, Ga., 551 miles from the White House, should change its membership rules and admit women as members. "... Obama is trying to bolster support with feminist groups, partly because he’s trying to maximize favorable turnout among women in the November election." I guess once a community agitator, always a community agitator. So much for the rights of individuals and private organizations and churches and ....
Michele April 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Tom: I can only hope that most women are not so stupid that they fall for it.
20 year Summit Resident April 05, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Concerned, I was already to respond to your post and then "poof" it vanished. Please repost without the ad hominem name calling and I'm sure it will stay posted. Word of advice too...read the article in my link because your deleted comment made it clear you hadn't. I wouldn't want you to be embarrassed again.
Concerned April 05, 2012 at 10:07 PM
I am only embarrassed by some of the post you all have made. I am done. Happy Easter to all.

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