RELATIONSHIPS with Sandy Daley – “The Life of a Young Black Man is Worth Less than a Dog’s!”
The Not Guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial brought me to tears!
There was no denial that George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch captain, profiled, followed and shot Trayvon Benjamin Martin, a 17 year old child on his way home from the Seven Eleven at around 7:00 pm on February 26th, 2012; armed with a bag of skittles and an Arizona Watermelon Iced tea in his hands. George Zimmerman should have been punished for this senseless, pointless killing of a young black man, but instead was allowed to walk away freely, able to live to now “get back to his life“: unfortunately neither he nor the justice system allowed Trayvon Martin that same dignity.
My worries as a black mother will never go away and as I have always said, “A white woman or white man can empathize yes, but can never truly understand my struggles as a black mother”. A white woman’s main concern about her children might be, “Oh boy, I wonder if my little Johnny will fall off the park’s slide while he slides down?”, or “I wonder if little Suzie will get good enough grades to make it into a good University?” Coupled with these thoughts, my other concerns are “Lord, will there be a knock on my door saying that something terrible has happened to my child, who was only guilty of being black and being at the wrong place at the wrong time?”
Homicide is the far and away the leading cause of death among young black men according to the statistics, and this surpasses car accidents, suicide and disease combined. Our children are being attacked from all sides and are indeed viewed by many as an endangered species: their lives seemingly no value. One might even look at the Michael Vick case, where this famous black football player was sentenced to 23 months in 2007 for running an inhumane dogfighting ring and supposedly lying about it. Obviously I am not saying that dogs should be hurt in any which shape or form, but how is a dog’s life worth more than human beings?
We can never bring Trayvon Martin to life, but we can certainly ensure, in any which way possible, that this young man’s death does not go unnoticed, and with that being said, I challenge us all to approach the powers that be, including your elected officials to help you in our cause. Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon Martn’s mother, composed, beautiful and civil during the trial said it best in her last tweet, directly after the verdict, “Lord, I turn to you at my darkest hour.” With that being said, I encourage us to also turn to ourselves as well, as our voices must be heard loud and clear in order to protect our children and our children’s children.