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DanielleRussell
DanielleRussell

Hello this whole case is causing nothing but racial tension. i almost feel like that's what the media is intentionally trying to do..

kabrahamson19
kabrahamson19

Thank you all. This discussion has been extremely helpful to me in clarifying the facts of the Trayvon Martin case. There has been so many different stories in the media that I start to get confused with all the different instances that have been brought to attention in the media. I just can not stop thinking about the fact that if the roles of Trayzon and Zimmerman would have been reversed. The shooter would have been most likely arrested on at the time of the shooting or at least within the week. It is a sad story. 

Chey Bryant
Chey Bryant

I think I might be already 'fed up' or unsatisfied with *talking* about Trayvon Martin and the injustice that surrounds his death. That sounds mean, or sad, but there is something very crucial happening right now around discussion of his murder. I know from past disasters that this is a very crucial moment that we very rarely get. This is a moment when the entire country is paying attention, the news stations are paying attention, and the federal government is paying attention. Whether the attention is bad or good everyone is paying attention. That doesn't just happen all of the time, and when it does it doesn't last for long. So how do we use this time of recognition to begin destroying the issue of systemic racism? 

Though Zimmerman is not the source of the issue, maybe he is the beginning? I don't really see another logical way to 1) get the justice due to Trayvon & his family and 2) break into destroying one of (if not the biggest) issues with out criminal justice system. So while the world is watching, maybe we should be be working to make sure that Zimmerman experiences the full extent of the law for his crime, just as if would probably happen if the tables were turned. 

This may not be the best way, but it is a suggestion. I wonder if it may help at this definitive moment. 

 

-Chey Bryant  

Panyia
Panyia

'That’s because what killed Trayvon is systemic, not the action of an extremist, a lone “bad apple.”'.....I agree with this quote. So many people are blinded from reality and forget that individuals themselves are not the only agent in controlling their lives.  And yes, many forgot that there are larger social forces that regulates peoples lives. So how do you go about this????  Should we do something about it or should we leave it alone?  Either way, both ways have their own pros and cons right?

Yasuragi
Yasuragi

Trust you guys to always, always cut to the heart and truth of the matter.  Thank you for this.

rubyr
rubyr

Absolutely crucial diary, ladies. So educational, as per usual. Thanks so much.

 

In the NYC area:

 

1. Stay in touch with Middle Church's anti-racism work: middlechurch.org

2. April 21-24--Building multiracial congregations conference: middleproject.org

 

No matter your position on religion, organizations like churches that are

fighting for social justice are a good place to start and meet like-minded people.

 

Middle Church held a hoodie service for Trayvon Martin. Hundreds attended and

there was a heavy media presence. Spreading the word about these atrocities, one

step at a time.

PatriciaLevesque
PatriciaLevesque

Where do you start with this?  Do you start with the predominately white/male NRA gun lobbies that promote "stand you ground" legislation for exactly this type of situation, or the "party of white men" politics of the GOP which constantly undermines any effort to even the playing field for minorities with decent health care and access to education?

 

For the last couple of years I'v been listening to Dan Savage putting it out there that they aren't (the GOP/right wing conservatives) just coming for gay marriage, they're coming for straight women's right to self determined reproductive rights, collage education for minorities, true religious freedom and separation of church and state.  The truth is that any political state's ultimate goal is the perpetuation of it's own existence.

 

While we often see the drama of politics played out on the national stage with voices given to people of all shapes and shades, the majority of political power in this country is still controlled by white men who do the bulk of governing quietly with little notice.  The only real goal of this body politic is to continue the power and right of the white male.  Trayvon is the latest victim of this reality, but we can certainly hope that maybe this time the general public will finally see through the smoke to the men behind the curtain. 

 

um, sorry about the rant 

Ashley Curley
Ashley Curley

This case in general makes me sick to my stomach. I hear constantly about how racism rarely exists anymore. Those people must be living under a rock or something. For a young boy to be shot and killed walking home just because the color of his skin made him look "suspicious" is ridiculous. Also the fact that the white male that shot him is not being charged is in my opinion not just. If it were a person of color who shot a white person because they thought they looked suspicious I am almost positive that the person of color would be arrested and charged in some degree. 

ScottieThomaston
ScottieThomaston

Thanks for putting this fully in context. If this doesn't make people angry, nothing will.

Sberel
Sberel

 Thank you.  I'm having a hard time with the video of Zimmerman at the police station.  Just wishing blessings to all at this moment. 

MK
MK

AMAZING! Thanks to both of you Nancy and Kay.  I would love to eventually repost this at Prison Culture so please let me know if that would be possible.  I am rendered speechless by this.  Rest in Power to Trayvon and all of those unjustly targeted and murdered.

conlakappa
conlakappa

It's still all too painful.  POU has video footage that Adept tweeted of Zimmerman just after he was taken into custody.  He's showing no sign of having been in an altercation.  And was handcuffed.

KayWhitlock
KayWhitlock

Good evening, all.  Please join us in remembering all who have died at the hands of white supremacist violence, whether perpetrated by individuals, or also by the state.  In their names, and in the names of all youth of color today, we must do better..

nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

Rest in Peace all -- we owe you some larger vision of Justice

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