Tuesday, March 20, 2012
God Help Trayvon Martin's Family. Please.
"Skittles and iced tea. Skittles and iced tea?!?!?!" I must have said that phrase over and over about thirty times yesterday. After going to 7-11 to grab some Skittles and iced tea, 17 year old Trayvon Martin was murdered for basically walking in a gated community while black. When you think about it, the gated security should have been in place to keep HIM safe from harm. After all communities are gated to keep those who reside there or are visiting those who reside there safe from harm. I really don't have the words for any of this.
I apologize on behalf of BGLU for not posting anything about this sooner. The fact of the matter is Tia is away on business and I have been here for days trying to muster up the words to express my sorrow and anger about this. The last thing I wanted to do was just write a string of curse words. The truth is that I am still in a state of disbelief. I sit here typing this with this picture of this sweet child...CHILD...looking back at me and I feel horribly sad, helpless and full of questions.
I will risk giving the biggest understatement of the day by saying that it takes a cold blooded killer to shoot an unarmed child in the chest. I say this because I cannot help but think that no matter what this man was out to kill someone's black child that day. We joke about how we "wish someone would try" to do something but this man literally was waiting on the day to be I guess what he thought was a hero. To rid his community of...of what really? See I have no words. Because if I did that means I will have made sense of this senseless crime and that is completely impossible. So to keep from rambling let me just offer this:
To read more about why George Zimmerman, Trayvon's killer, is not in jail and about the Stand Your Ground act that has gone horribly wrong in the state of Florida, click here.
To sign the petition started by Trayvon's mother on Change.org, click here.
And one more thing: while I won't tell you to not let your children go out for Skittles and iced tea, I would like to offer this: please please please let your children know and hell, remind yourself that when hatred takes root it can grow into something gross, dangerous, and senseless. It's capable of doing some despicable things with no just cause and no good reason no matter how "little" you think your personal hatred may be. George Zimmerman just didn't wake up and become a cold blooded killer. Something had to take root. So if you hate someone or some group of people, I encourage and plead with you to get yourself together. Anyone that continues to walk in hatred over time is not above doing something as senseless as taking this child's life.
God this hurts.