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Trayvon Martin Shooting Reinforces Chilling Message for Black Youth (2685 hits)

(Originally published at http://afrodaddy.com)

Three weeks ago 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking down the street in his Florida gated community not knowing that in minutes he would lose his life.

As Trayvon walked home from the local store neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman spotted young Trayvon. He deemed the young black man suspicious as he was a black youth wearing a hoodie and decided to follow him, even though he was told by the 911 dispatcher not to follow the youth. An altercation ensued and Zimmerman ended up shooting and fatally wounding Martin who was unarmed. Another young black man dead apparently the victim of looking too black in a nice neighborhood.

I am a black man and I, like millions of Americans, wear hoodies often. I can personally attest to being followed by police, falsely charged of crimes, and being falsely arrested. Like many other brothers I have also been a victim of stop-and-frisk and have been chased by police cars while walking at night. Many African Americans have similar stories, so this does not come as a shock to any black man who reads this. The fact that the Trayvon Martin story is finally getting national media coverage (it was largely ignored initially) is showing the rest of America what black men already know: young black men are seen by many as a threat in our society and if you're at the wrong place at the wrong time you could be in trouble.

Being followed or harassed by police is an unfortunate reality of life for many black youth, but the Trayvon Martin story takes this problem one step further as Martin was not shot by the police, but rather a normal citizen with a gun. Although he was officially a neighborhood watchman, many could argue that Zimmerman was the neighborhood vigilante after shooting an unarmed man who, based on the known facts, committed no crime.

Most most young black men can endure the lady clutching her purse tighter when we walk by, or the lady who goes back to double check her car doors when she sees you park next to her. We all can recognize "the look" if you linger in a store too long. These are things that you get used to, but what we cannot accept is private citizens shooting at us because of these unwarranted fears of being robbed or beaten by the big bad black man.

It has been three weeks since Trayvon Martin has been shot and George Zimmerman still has not been arrested. Numerous witnesses have called the police and given statements that suggest that Martin was crying for help when he was shot. It is a fact that Martin was unarmed when he was shot. It is also a fact that Zimmerman shot him. Without knowing the details of the case there can be no logical explanation for why Zimmerman would not be arrested for shooting an unarmed boy, but by not arresting Zimmerman to let the legal system decide his innocence or guilt the Florida police is making their position known.

We as the Florida Police expect this case to just go away. A neighborhood watchman shot and killed an unarmed black boy. We find no problem with this. Case closed.

All Americans and especially young black men must look at this message and beware. Vigilante corporal punishment is one step away from the inmates running the asylum. If Zimmerman is able to kill this young African American with no repercussion what will stop the man on the street from shooting to kill if a black men bends over to tie his shoe in front of your car. If a young black man is running down the street with a CD in his hand will it be OK for the random citizens to open fire on him? For the sake of our society let us pray that the Florida police come to their senses and let this matter follow the proper legal process. If Zimmerman is innocent then let the legal system exonerate him. Doing nothing however just sends the message that is open season on black men. Many think that this is already the case.
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Thanks for sharing this story and I pray for his family and loved ones that they will get justice for young Trayvon.


Sunday, March 18th 2012 at 8:18PM
Jen Fad
Hello to All,

Let me rationalize with you dumb Negroes and draw a comparison and contrast with the children of Israel and Black Americans, okay. And, the story is true. It actually happened. The ritual Passover that is practiced today the same way it unfolded 4000 years ago should tell you that the story is true. I am stressing this point that Black Americans would know the same could happen and is happening for Black Americans as I post this comment.

The children of Israel 4000 years ago in Egypt was in the same situation Black Americans have been in for the past 500 years as an underclass people whose ancestors were plantation slaves in this country.

Likewise, the teenage men of the children of Israel were also indiscriminately killed and it all came to a stop when the children of Israel cried out to God and God anointed Moses and the children of Israel came to recognize Moses as their genuine prophet to lead them out of bondage and slavery.

It baffles me that you dumb Negroes cannot follow the same path of rationalizing for your selves and recognize the prophet (Prophet Harry) God has anointed to permanently resolve our subjugation and accept our inheritance of a fertile and reasonable portion of this continent that we could call our very own country with borders to worship God, pursue life, liberty, happiness and prosperity in our own way.

You can neither deny your prophet nor reject him and expect God to help us. Since Black Americans are extremely ignorant people naturally it would be hard for us to recognize and accept our prophet. Nevertheless, it will take a prophet as I said to permanently resolve and lead us out of subjugation and into sovereignty. A preacher, Bishop, Imam, Jehovah Elders and a Black American President Obama cannot resolve our divine situation! Again, it will take a genuine prophet and that would mean God is in the mix on Black Americans behalf.

Black Americans have no regrets or any gripe against White America or anyone. Black Americans desires to become a sovereign nation in a country of our own right here on this continent of our birth.

So, the desire to of us to become a sovereign people or have nationhood is how we ought to remember the tragedy of this 17 year old Mr. Trayvon Martin!

Black Americans are going to become a sovereign people in my lifetime. Everything that I say is going to happen.

Monday, March 19th 2012 at 2:22AM
Harry Watley
Thanks for sharing Darrell...

NOw as someone who does not fear going to hell "I" can fully reject those like Santorum coming in the name of God to help us be able to leave it up to him to get a Black male out of the 'Whitehouse' so that we can continue remainG in PRAYER THAT THOSE WHO MAKE TH ELAWS THAT ALLOW US TO BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT OUR DUTY AND MORAL OBLIGATIONS TO DEMAND WE ALL ARE TREATED LIKE ONE OF GOD'S CHILDREN IN AMERICA!!!!...

"I" NOT ONLY REJECT ALL OF THIS, I WILL NEVER STOP TRYING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT ITBY CHANTING(PRAYING) THAT I NOT ONLY CONTINUE TO LEARN AS MUCH ABOUT THIS CASE AS I CAN, BUT TO TRY AND CONVINCE ALL THAT I KNOW AND DON'T KNOW TO PRAY THat we pray then get GET up OFF OF our KNEES AND MAKE SURE THAT OUR LAWS ARE ENFORCED DISPITE THE ODDS AGAINST US AS A RACE OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SEEN AS DIFFERENT THEREFORE DIFICIENT (EVEN WITH ABOUT 75% OF US AGREEING WITH THIS MYTH.( NUP / SMILE)

AND AGAIN Darrell, "I" HAVE NO WAY TO TELL YOU JUST HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO SEE A BLOG LIKE THIS ON A BLACK SOCIAL NETWORK AT LONG LAST. (S-M-I-L-E)
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