First and foremost, may Trayvon Martin rest in Peace, and God Bless his family, friends, and loved ones through these trying times.
This is an “emergency blog” in the aftermath of the Zimmerman, Martin trial. There are so many mixed views on what happened that day between these two individuals. The most honest opinion expressed is that “nobody knows what happened between Zimmerman and Trayvon except those two men and God.”
This should be a lesson to the African American community that we need to be more conscious of our decisions and raising our youth. Although it’s very unfortunate the Death of Trayvon Martin, there are countless murders within the Black Community where young Black Men and Women are also killing other Black Men and Women. These unfortunate murders in the Black Community are not as often televised, and many of these murders have been unsolved! Is this an issue that we should protest as well? Should we protest against our own communities? Or should we be more conscious of how we raise our sons and daughters? Something to think about.
We all know that the Black Community is strong, powerful, rich, and talented. However, there is a percentage of the young Black Community that is often unfortunately stereotyped because of our dominant, sometimes violent history that you hear about in the media and on the radio. Unfortunately, the lyrical content in rap music still doesn’t help get rid of the stereotypes placed upon young black men. Maybe Zimmerman listen to rap music or watched Menace to Society a few times too many. Something else to think about.
Point being, the Black Community should not only mourn the senseless death of Trayvon Martin, but also mourn all the young family, friends, and loved ones that you have lost just within the last 5 years. Let’s be more conscious of how we raise our sons and daughters before it’s too late. It’s already been proven that there are limited options for the young Black Youth throughout the United States, and they will forever be faced with opposition.
There is always a way to rise above young men and women. Be respectful to everyone no matter what race, standard of living, or neighborhood they’re from. Respect will go a long ways, and this should be the moral to the Trayvon and Zimmerman story. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Trayvon should have respected Mr. Zimmerman, and Mr Zimmerman should have Respected Mr. Trayvon Martin. Case Closed.
West Coast Rise Magazine
Maurice A. Petty
- Time Magazine: Young Black Men are in Fact More of a Problem than People like Zimmerman (1800politics.com)
- Obama Speaks About Trayvon Martin (bet.com)
- Viewpoint: Don’t Ignore Race in Christopher Lane’s Murder (ideas.time.com)
- George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict and the harsh reality of being a black male in America (rollingout.com)