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Black men and women need to stand up for Black boys and girls like Trayvon Martin

By Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

I’ve been following the story of George Zimmerman, a white Neighborhood Watch Captain who murdered a 17-year-old African-American boy named Trayvon Martin in his parents gated Florida Community. It has been a month since Trayvon’s death and George Zimmerman has yet to be arrested.

The fact that George Zimmerman has yet to be arrested is outrageous! I am calling for every black man and woman in this country to stand up and voice their outrage. Trayvon Martin is not just a black boy in Florida that just got shot; he is OUR son and we all need to stand up and demand justice for OUR son. I have a son of my own that I gave birth to and I believe that if I don’t stand up and speak up for Trayvon, it is the same as not speaking up for my own son.

Trayvon was not some trouble making black boy who was shot while causing some unrest in a white neighborhood, not that that would justify his shooting either; he was just a boy walking in his own (his father’s) neighborhood and his skin color was all it took for him to be labeled “suspicious” and then gunned to death.

It has been reported that George Zimmerman was not arrested because, according to Tracy Martin, the teen’s father, Police in Sanford, where the shooting occurred, told Martin’s family that Zimmerman had a “squeaky-clean” record. Meanwhile, the Orange County Clerk of Courts website shows a man named George Zimmerman, 28, was charged in July 2005 with resisting arrest with violence and battery on an officer.

The longer George Zimmerman goes without being arrested, the more strongly we are affirming that what he did was and is still okay. Martin Luther King said it best, “An injustice anywhere, is an injustice everywhere”. If you think that Trayvon’s death has nothing to do with you, think again. If the current climate of the justice system in America is such that a young black boy can be shot to death while he was unarmed and in his own neighborhood, by a white man who claimed he looked “suspicious”, and that white man not be arrested, then the notion that we are living in a country with racial equality is a lie!

I’m calling for every Black man and woman, parent or not, to do anything and everything that they can to hold the Sanford county police department accountable for following through and arresting George Zimmerman. They need to hear our voices, on behalf of Trayvon Martin and his family. Write a letter or send an e-mail or make a phone call-anything! The mayor of Orlando, the police chief and any and every other administrator needs to answer one question: Why has George Zimmerman not been arrested?

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10 Responses to Black men and women need to stand up for Black boys and girls like Trayvon Martin

  1. J.T. Bullock Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 4:48 am

    So now we have to be on the look out for armed White neighborhood watch members? WTH… I am trying my very best to make sure my 17 year old is aware, that some white folks have not let go of the rage they have for Black men. It saddens me when one of our youth has lost his life, for the sake of another mans ignorance. Florida, New York, and a few other states in the country are making it very clear, that the life of a Black child holds very little meaning to them. If this situation were the other way around, I am more than positive this man would be in jail…..

  2. Peter Reply

    March 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    It would be nice if this had links to articles about the incident. Articles with facts that told the story.

  3. B Harvey Reply

    March 13, 2012 at 4:44 am

    It might be helpful to provide emails or webs with respect to the mayor of Orlando or the police chief. This is a heinous CRIME. I had not heard of this incident. My heart breaks for the parents of this young man, and it grieves for the potential for a successful and prosperous life.

  4. Charmaine Reply

    March 14, 2012 at 10:51 am

    why haven’t a march worldwide been set? Was Al Sharpton advise of this tragic and has the family filed a lawsuit against the state and the police department for not following the law here and bringing this man to justice.

  5. Chad Reply

    March 14, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    This is absolutely ridiculous that this occurred. The little boy was just in his neighborhood. Racial profiling needs to come to a quits because people are ending up dead now. George Zimmerman needs to be arrested because he committed a murder and failed at being a patrolman. This guy does not need to be even walking around in society because he is putting other people in danger.

  6. Jay C. Reply

    March 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I want this piece of sht of a human being to be put in jail, given a fair trial, and then sit on death row until the moment he is put to death for what he has done to this innocent young man.The police department in Sanford Florida has got to be crooked. Anyone who has followed this story would know this. If this happened to my child, Zimmerman would not be breathing right now.

  7. sunnubian Reply

    March 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    We do stand up for our children, but we are often always outnumbered by the perpetrators and the opposition because it is usually that lone Black person that actually speaks up, says something, does something, that acts at all.

    In a public school scenario, the parent that contests wrongful or unfair treatment will not get support from the many, many other parents whose child has been unfairly by a teacher or the school system, and NO BLACK TEACHERS EVER STAND UP FOR MISTREATED BLACK CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS, therefore, the one that stands up, is most likely standing alone.

    When our children are being harassed in a community, or by the police

    (NO BLACK POLICE OFFICERS SAY ANYTHING WHEN THEY KNOW THAT BLACK CHILDREN/TEENS/PEOPLE ARE BEING SINGLED OUT FOR HARASSMENT OR BRUTALITY OR DWB)

    (NO BLACK LAWYERS SAYS OR DOES ANYTHING AS THEY SIT IN COURTROOMS EVERYDAY WATCHING YOUNG BLACK PEOPLE BE RAILROADED TO PRISON OR TRIED UNFAIRLY),

    (NO BLACK JUDGE SAYS OR DOES ANYTHING AS THEY SIT BEHIND BENCHES AND WATCH DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBERS OF BLACK CHILDREN, TEENS, AND ADULTS BE HAULED INTO COURT DAY AFTER DAY OR AS IT IS OBVIOUS TO HIM/HER THAT ANY FINES BLACK PEOPLE HAVE TO PAY ARE OUTRAGEOUSLY HIGHER THAN THE FINES THAT WHITES COMING INTO COURT HAVE TO PAY FOR THE SAME OFFENCES)

    or in a public place,

    (THE BLACK PEOPLE WORKING IN THAT SAME PUBLIC PLACE SAY NOTHING WHEN BLACK CHILDREN OR TEENS OR OTHER ADULT ARE HARASSED OR MISTREATED OR CHEATED)

    it is usually one lone Black person that says anything, does anything, contests, or protest, while all the countless other Black people whose children or teenagers (or other Black adults) have also experienced such treatment stand silent, complaining among themselves, but not to the person or institution or entity or group that they should be complaining to.

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  9. Yoknyam Dabale Reply

    March 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    @ sunnubian, respect for sharing your story and that of millions I am sure. May we all have the courage to stand up for what is right, for our children and generation after! Viva

    and

    to those interested in additional information on how to help out ….check this link out.

    http://yoknyamdabale.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/1071/

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