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I want justice for Trayvon Martin.

I am PISSED at the fact that while he lays six feet under, his killer sleeps in a bed of his choosing every night. I am sick imagining the pain his mother and father must feel right now. And I am livid that this young boy went for candy and came back dead.

What’s amazing is that George Zimmerman is still a free man, and hasn’t worn steel bangles yet. It’s been weeks since he took the life of a young boy whose only weapon was skittles and an iced tea. No sugar-coating this matter here, but Trayvon died because he was young, black and profiled. I demand that he doesn’t die for naught. I want justice.

But, I don’t want vigilante justice. There’s a Black Militia group saying they want to arrest Zimmerman themselves, and many people have hinted at the fact that he should be gunned down in public. Our rage is justified, but neither of these outcomes would helpful in addressing the underlying issue at hand or fixing the problem.

The reason we’re here is that Trayvon was executed by a vigilante. A paranoid private citizen who deemed it his responsibility to patrol a gated community pointlessly ended the young boy’s life. The crime was committed, and Zimmerman’s freedom is entirely the fault of the Sanford police department and the system. The fact that Zimmerman was allowed to walk away from the boy he shot, because he claimed self-defense and the only eye witness lay dead on the ground is ridiculous. He took the law into his own hands, and, although it may make some feel better, it will really help no one if someone does the exact same thing and ends his life before he sees a day behind bars.

Although the events that occurred that February night are tragic, Zimmerman and Martin stand as larger representations of a greater problem. They are symbols of a deeply unjust system that permits a strong message to be sent perpetually: black lives aren’t worth a golden bullet. It is that system that needs to handle Zimmerman, not us.

Therefore, I think it’s important for that system to deal with George Zimmerman, otherwise, it removes the pressure off of the police to address how terribly mishandled this case has been. Vigilante justice would be their get out of jail free card.

Trayvon’s death cannot be in vain. The system needs to also be put on trial, so that the failure of the “Stand Your Ground” law, as well as the Sanford PD, can be seen in its raw form. I want the world to be able to shake its head at a country that prides itself on being a leader, while constantly devaluing the lives of its citizens. The self-righteous pedestal the United States stands on is becoming shakier, as more Amadou Diallos, Sean Bells, and Trayvon Martins are lynched, without real consequences for their murderers.

America is constantly telling black people how many damns it doesn’t give about black lives and it is angering. I don’t want vigilante justice to take the life of Trayvon’s murderer because it’ll only distract from the real victim here: the black boy who lost his life simply because of the skin he was in. Bailing out the police and allowing a vigilante to take out Zimmerman will let the system that permitted this atrocity to happen off the hook. Let them face this. I want justice for Trayvon, not his murderer’s blood on our hands.

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  • Heems

    Why aint this COWARD in jail? he’s a MURDER! And a threat to society and he walk free after he killed this innocent boy that’s (INJUSTICE)

  • All Black Men

    Bee,

    I dig where you’re coming from. I’ll be the first to recognize that if not for the black females willing to pay for their freedom and security with their lives (e.g. Harriett Tubman) we would be in a much dire situation that we are… if that’s possible. The reason I explicitly express that black men have to step up in protection of our community is because we have allowed ourselves to become marginalized nearly to the point of insignificance from a social perspective as providers, nurturers, protectors, etc…

    When other groups think to commit these atrocities against the black community, they do so primarily because they recognize the absence of the black male figure in most black homes. Around the world, men assume the primarily responsibility of protecting the home and the community. It is not uncommon in other more traditional or eastern societies for invading forces to rape entire communities of women in the absence of their male protectors. This is not to say that a black female should not be prepared to defend her family or her man with her life. I am however saying that in a patriarchal society, a female assuming the role of protector is a open invitation to challenge by anyone regardless of race. A few years ago a black female was beat down at a Cracker Barrel restaurant by a white male in front of her children. I dare say that if she had an able bodied black man by her side, her aggressor would have given that attack much more consideration. If you’re a reasonable female you’ll have to agree.

    Again I am not saying that black women at times might be required to fight side by side with black men in securing our freedom and protecting our homes and communities but I think that it may be a fallacy in perspective to assume that black women are as equally equipped to physically secure their safety as a healthy, able-bodied, male.

    If there is some aspect of my reason which is flawed please feel free to point it out. However I do think we are of one accord.

  • All Black Men

    Fancypants,

    You sound a bit confused. You state that “… I didn’t dismiss the Black Panthers…” however in your previous comment you state “… Militant groups such as the Black Panthers did not affect real change.”

    “… while I peek at Massa’s portfolio and figure out how buy his company out from under him…”

    Sorry but your perspective is just plain SIMPLE. Everybody knows the game it’s call capitalism and imperialism and the only person it seems to be a secret to is you. Would you like for me to save you the time in researching to tell you how the game is played? Maybe I should start with the IMF (International Monetary Fund)… or perhaps I should start with organized western religion.