July 23, 2013

"We who believe in freedom cannot rest..."

I haven't discussed the Zimmerman verdict with many people. It's just too despicable to talk about. Times like this all you can do is pray for better. It's sad that he was found not guilty (not even manslaughter was handed down), but it's even more sad that I wasn't surprised. As much as I wanted the world that I live in to get it right this time, I knew in my heart that the jury OF HIS PEERS would see that somehow he was justified in his actions that rainy night of February 26, 2012. 

Race was an issue that night. It is an issue today. And it will continue to be an issue until we come together and have real understanding of each other and love for one another. It can't happen if we profile our innocent, young black men who are just trying to get home late at night. It can't happen if we ridicule the last person who spoke to Trayvon that night because she doesn't look or speak the way you expect her to...Side Note: It disgusts me that we as Blacks found it fun and funny to talk about Rachel Jeantel, rather than encourage and lift her up.

Civil Rights Activist, Ella Josephine Baker once said, "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of white mothers' sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest." Nope, this wasn't said last week. It was 1964. I love Sweet Honey in the Rock's "Ella's Song." It's so powerful. Today, when I listened to it, after everything that's happened, I sobbed for all the Trayvon's that didn't even have a chance in this daily battle against Injustice.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 )
Praying for America,
*Sweet P *


  1. Injustice and Racism has been going on since the beginning of time. You can read it all through out Genesis to Revelations. That will never seise to exist.
    What we can do is DEMAND for a better justice system that is "Not blinded by Race or have the scales tipped toward the rich"... Heard that somewhere can't remember who said it but was a great line referring to OUR symbol for justice.

    Best believe if the Martin's didn't have to use a states attorney and could have used their own lawyer. They would have won the case.

    But maybe justice was served being in prison is one thing, always for the rest of your life being George Zimmerman may be a harsher sentence. He is "free" but doesn't have any freedom. Good luck George.

  2. Well said P and Teddy. I have to say I said a lot of tears as well on the night of the verdict, but not for the obvious reasons. My disappointment wasn't in that George Zimmerman was found not guilty. I know our justice system. Sometimes it works for us, but more times it works against us.

    I was more disappointed in the fact that a slain teenager was not only robbed of his life, but that the outcome of the case ha now robbed him of his voice, his reputation. With a not guilty verdict, now people are stating that Trayvon was an angry individual and trying to ruin his character. It's so disheartening that he didn't get a voice. No one spoke on his behalf. No one presented the case from his perspective. No one thought about his own self-defense claim. The dead was not the victim. The verdict basically justified his killing. The verdict says to all that it is ok to antagonize and pick a fight with someone knowing you have a gun and will use it if you have to. That's sounds a little pre-meditated in my opinion.

    We have to do better America. Dr. King and all other civil rights activities would be very disappointed. We need to move forward. In the words of Sam Cooke, "Change 'Gon Come".

  3. Sorry for all the typos. Typing from my phone and it doesn't let me scroll back up to delete. Oh well.


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