It continues to happen. The senseless killings go on. Not just around the world but in our own backyards. You know what it’s about. It’s about the never-ending cycle of being considered less than in America. It in an embedded trait, embedded in the American conscious long ago. So long ago that to kill a dark skin boy or man, no matter the circumstance, is immediately portrayed as an act of self-defense.
Today’s America is no different from the America of our past. It purports to be a society where equal rights have made gains,yet underneath the layers of this American system lies the same racist attitudes that existed since its foundation.
There is one thing that comes with a guarantee in America. That is, that we will see more like the senseless killing of Jordan Davis in our future because no matter what term is used to coin the so-called equal rights progress made, one need only look under the rug and see where the racism has been swept, that is, of course, after the blindfolds are removed.
I call it, mediocre justice…
Trayvon Martin, on that one fateful night in February of 2012, met the judge, jury and executioner all in one, George Zimmerman. The bag of Skittles that he carried never withstood a chance against the gun that Zimmerman carried. Zimmerman, however, stood in front of a jury of his peers and a judge and was found not guilty of killing Martin.
History is always one-sided. Such is the case in Trayvon’s death. What happened on that fateful night is Zimmerman’s story, his-story. Martin’s story ended with a bullet to his chest at close range.
This leaves us in a void, a society void of belief in a post racial America. Some fifty years after Martin Luther King’s ” I Have a Dream” speech we find ourselves under the command of a two term black President. Yet, we still have to question whether we really live in a post racial America or not.
How do we explain, not only this case, but the many other cases that recieve far less attention, to the young Trayvon Martins of this American society. It seems that a post racial America is merely one that has relegated to sweeping the obvoius under the rug. The obvious being that on the surface not much has changed after all. Keep believing but a post racial America is a delusion.
The struggle continues. We’re a far cry from being judged by the content of our character.