Posted by: Psal121 | March 21, 2012

Trayvon Martin Brings Up Ghost From the Past

Some of you may wonder why so many of us are so disturbed by the murder of Trayvon Martin, 17.  He was walking home one evening from the store, when he was attacked by the neighborhood watch captain. Our hearts are broken that this young man will never get to fulfill his dreams.  We are afraid because we know it could happen to us.  You could die for being a person of color or to break it down, you can die for being black.

Before this incident, we felt that as a people, African-Americans had arrived at a new day in race relations in the United States with the election of Barack Obama.  We have been basking in the glow of his presidency, telling our children that they can accomplish the impossible.

Yet, we as a people keep getting yanked into the past. Images like Emmett Till and James Chaney pop up.  You see we had taken off the house coat of fear that our sons and daughters would be murdered in the streets because of their color. We had shut down the voices in our head of older African-Americans who warned us not to trust Anglo Americans. We want to believe that this a new day, where we can live and work wherever we want with all of the safeguards of all Americans.

The death of Trayvon Martin reminded us that it could be any of our children at any moment.  It showed us that children of color could be shot down in the street because Ango Americans were scared of them.  That even just holding a bag of Skittles and a bottle of ice tea is threatening if your skin is dark to full-grown men with a weapon. We can live and work wherever we want, but there are no safeguards.

Jim Crow is still alive and well. He might look like a metro sexual, because his clothes are chic and he gets his nails done. He doesn’t preach separate but equal, but is still in the business of keeping the racial divide alive. And if Mr Crow has anything to say about it, he will see to it that Trayvon Martin does not get the same justice a 17-year-old Ango American teen would get.  His job is to make sure that African-Americans have inferior justice, inferior education and an overall inferior American experience.

But I serve a God who will right all wrongs. Jesus told us we would have troubles on this planet, but He would be with us. It doesn’t matter who else isn’t with us, ie Franklin Graham, James Dobson, etc. The one who counts is with us. As a people we must hold on to the promise that we will make it to the promiseland together. We need to stick together and fight down here, but we fight as ones with hope.


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