Too often, it is made to seem like the struggles of people of color happened “so long ago”. More saddening is how the struggles of Black leaders and revolutionaries are silenced or denied. This first-person detailing of the wrongs done to an innocent woman should be more widely known and discussed.
I read NAACP’s “Trayvon’s Law”…
I don’t know, brotha man… no one knows, really. Mostly, I just wonder what your voice sounded like –when you weren’t pleading for your life. We’ve all heard the screams, whether we wanted to or not. Some better than others, as it usually goes. You never knew me while you were here, but I’m sure that, as you sit beside our maker, you know me better than I know myself. With that said, I suppose I’ve owed you, but I’m at a lost of words. The only time I don’t know what to say is when I can’t figure out what to do –because I don’t know how to feel. I still don’t understand why a man who committed murder isn’t behind bars. My mom passed one thing to an undercover once and got 2 years. She was just trying to feed three kids and pay two mortgages. I guess it depends on who you consider more human.
What if every time you walked to the corner store, men stood outside the doors with their hands on their guns? You’d get off the bus or step off the train and they’d be hiding on the other side of the ramp… watching. Waiting. Hunting. Another youth, 16-year-old Kimani Gray, was murdered by America’s least trained and most prominent figures of authority. Brooklyn is angry… and you don’t want Brooklyn angry. A little over a year ago, we lost Trayvon Martin to a “militia man” upholding the same values, enforcing the same stereotype: Black boys are up to no good.