After the smoke settles from the fallout of the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, then what? What happens next? Are we going to continue to let our voices be heard, march and rally for a couple of months before our collective anger and disbelief dies down? Or are we going to look to our black leaders for answers while continuing to talk about how the American Justice system failed us yet once again? Turning a blind eye to all the black on black crime and violence that continues to plagues our neighborhoods and communities?
Or are we finally going to say enough is enough and actually do something? What is done is done and can’t be undone. So how do prevent something like this from happening again, while keeping Trayvon’s legacy alive? It’s not enough to rally, march, and protest without anything to show for it. All the talking in the world doesn’t mean a thing if a collective plan of action is decided on and followed through. Hell not even a collective plan, but a plan never the less
For too long we as African Americans have either looked to our so called leaders for guidance or hoot and holler for a couple of months before going back to whatever it was we were doing before the tragedy happened. That’s not to speak of all the times we say and do nothing when it comes to black on black violence. It’s almost like blacks killing other blacks is either low on our list of priorities or not on it at all. We would rather call foul when another race kills one of us than speak on the travesties that happen within our own communities. How can we expect the rest of America to take our lives seriously or place a high value on them, if we don’t?
Yes, the not guilty verdict further proved that black lives, particularly young black male lives, are not a priority and thought so little of that Trayvon’s killer (no one is debating that) got off Scot-free, making his death an afterthought. But that doesn’t mean that things have to end there, it is up to us to take care of our own and not look to a government that clearly doesn’t value us for help.
We need to stop being afraid to speak up when we see something, do something when we something that isn’t right happening and most importantly stop being afraid of each other. This “if they don’t bother me, I won’t bother them” and “I’m doing me” attitudes is having a crippling effect on our communities and has us to the point that we are afraid to correct each other when we something wrong happening. We cannot stand by anymore while our babies and youth are killing each other at an alarming rate that would make some Third world countries blush.
Once we start to look in the mirror and take responsibility not only for ourselves but each other (since it is our civic duty), things will slowly but surely start to get better but not without some bumps and bruises along the way. Holding each other accountable is the first step in the healing process, only then can we start to hold others accountable and make sure that Trayvon Martin’s death wasn’t in vain.
I for one hope that this wakes something up inside of us and teaches us to be more vigilant in our own communities instead of looking to the government to look out for us
So what do you think about where do we go from here? Do you think anything different is going to happen? Will we go back to our everyday lives, like nothing ever happened in a couple of months?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.
The Narrator Breazy.