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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.

  • All Black Men

    LMAO

    Srenda,

    Sorry but I gotta say you sound like one scary negro… too scared to affect any real change. And while you’re making news flashes, I got a news flash for you. They’re already f#$%ing locking us up and throwing away the key. Have you been in a coma over the last three decades. Nearly 1 MILLION black men (approx. 875,000) are incarcerated at this time primarily for non-violent offenses. Within this decade that number is predicted to reach 1 MILLION.

    Question, where did I say anything about going to jail??? To allow myself to be judged by an unjust system that supports and enforces my (black male) persecution would be insane and cowardly. Please!!! All I can say to you is that I am prepared to maintain for my physical freedom with my life… I hope anyone who attempts to relinquish my freedom and security for an unjustified reason be prepared to do so at the expense of their lives because it’s probably going to cost that. This is how history is written and unfolds. You should try reading more, particularly about history.

    Regarding my spouse and children’s safety and security… in traditional societies, other male members of the family and community stepped up to take care of and look after the safety and security of them. I can only assume that my family and friends would fulfill that responsibility. Combined with financial planning, my spouse and children will probably be in a better position even in my absence than most black women who have never had the benefit of having a responsible and caring black man in their lives such as myself.

    You don’t understand that we’re at war right now.
    – 72% of all African-American children are born out of wed-lock (e.g. in poverty, without the benefit of father figures, predisposed to an environment that encourages criminality, etc…)
    – Nearly 1 MILLION black men incarcerated and the number continues to increase without challenge without any effort at REAL rehabilitation in this society.
    – 50+% under/unemployment rate among black males in the US.

    You’ve got to be either blind or a fool to not recognize what’s going on. Maybe you’re just young and naive. Whatever the reason for your perspective, you are ill-equipped in your current state of mind to change anything.

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