"We should all be nostalgic for the days when only real, badge-wearing policemen felt they had legal cover to murder unarmed young black men. Those were the days, huh?"
If what I wrote above pissed you off, then it worked and that's good, because that's honestly what most mainstream bloggers think. That's the convenient disassociation you can allow yourself when you don't feel true responsibility towards telling a story from its moral center, and instead choose to pick up the philosophy that instead of spirits and the greater good, all you should be uplifting are those precious click-thrus, unique visitors, and those "Likes".
Trayvon Martin's trial is over, and he/we lost. I saw we, meaning anyone that stands on the side of the law that protects children from strangers with guns following them home. The now-infamous Stand Your Ground law in Florida, which basically lets you shoot someone dead in the street if you feel that your life is in danger (correct me if I'm wrong, commenters), should have protected Trayvon from being basically put on trial in front of the whole country, seeing that he's dead and all. But instead, the country, and millions of mothers of young black men, got confirmation of what Gawker's Cord Jefferson correctly stated we already knew.
So what's next? Fruitvale Station, which stars Michael B. Jordan (the other guy) in a movie about the similarly tragic/crazy/lawless shooting of another unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant, by actual police officers in Oakland a few years ago. The movie was produced by Forrest Whittaker, and released last Friday. Coincidentally. Now you have to go see it, right? Right. Because now we should all be nostalgic for the days when only real, badge-wearing policemen felt they had legal cover to murder unarmed young black men. Those were the days, huh?
Here's an idea: why not take those Skittles and chuck them at anybody you see protesting with a pack of Skittles outside your local courthouse or newspaper office? I mean, they're obviously a weapon, and I don't even mean because of the threat they pose to African-Americans' health due to their high-sugar content -- you know we get diabetes like billionaires get tax breaks. But that's another story... for now, I'd say you should start a new Rainbow Coalition by picking off these fake-ass picketers with pelted Skittles. The red ones. Let them taste the blood/rainbow.
Maybe that's too raw; sure it is. But I know that raw emotion is what fixes eyes to TV and computer screens hoping for justice, expecting to be disappointed, and waiting for the right moment to run to Facebook, tweet out a statement to God knows whoever, stand in front of a crowd on a soapbox screaming for people to fight some sort of power, or yep, write a blog post. The question is, when will people demand better than just to be part of a national tragedy?
When will these situations turn into something positive? Legend has it that some 2013+ years ago, a judicial mob crucified a guy who would go on to become the cause for righteous people all over the globe. Does that excuse his treatment? Certainly not. But Jesus, Gandhi, Che, Medgar, Malcolm, Martin... they're all dead. And from their sacrifice, which of course is a nice way to say they were murdered, came many great inspirations that continue to benefit even the most bigoted and ignorant of people with blessings of awareness and enlightenment. So while it's certainly not something that should be necessary, many good things have arisen from the martyrdom of good men and women.
Still, try telling Trayvon's parents that the end will someday justify the means. His death was tragic enough but was almost outdone by the spectacle of the George Zimmerman trial, with the distractions offered by the media's heavily promoted focus on "colorful" witnesses, the embarrassingly poor prosecution by the State of Florida, and the fact that the trial never seemed like Zimmerman's -- always one that investigated the character of a black male teenager. Another black man's son. Another guy who America would not let be great, as Kanye West would call it.
So now we wait for Barack Obama to weigh in on this situation, now that it is even more divisive and less politically advantageous, unless you consider "good politics" doing the right thing in public when it's not so convenient by saying that you absolutely disagree with what happened in that courtroom.
The paper reads "Not Guilty", but the people read "Murder". Make it better, Mr. President; your moment is calling on Line One. Tell Jay-Z you'll call back; we all know he has your number and you guys are text-buddies. What we as a country need now is something positive to arise from this whole bloody mess we've all made of the murder of Trayvon Martin. And it's time for our president who once said that the son you don't have would probably resemble Trayvon Martin to take the lead on this, like now. Help us find excellence in the public execution of another young black man who could have been your son.