Jul 19, 2013

I was reading an open letter to Trayvon Martin Sympathizers by actor Romany Malco, when I came across what I felt was a quote that summarize what a lot of black people feel as it relates to what happened to Trayvon Martin and the subsequent verdict that was rendered.  The only thing is the quote didn't come from Malco's piece, but rather from a commenter by the name of Ezra Black.

In his open letter Malco made some very valid points, but I don't see how his piece dealt with the death of Trayvon Martin.  I do realize its important for us to be introspective when it comes to changing what's taking place in our community as far as black on black crime is concerned, but that's not the reason why Trayvon Martin was killed.  To try and make Black people accessories after the fact to Martin's death is also an insult.  We as a community have our issues, but it doesn't have anything to do with why this young man is dead.  If you don't get that then I feel sorry for you. 

George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin not rap videos, Worldstar Hip Hop, or anything else that people wish to blame for why Zimmerman was justified in racially profiling Martin.

That is why I feel that what Ezra Black said is very telling about how a lot of black people feel.

Here is what Ezra Black wrote:

“Black people are the only people in America who are told "Until you get your act together, you have no right to protest or complain. Get your act together and then you can voice a valid opinion"

This rule only applies to Blacks as a way to keep us at bay. It applies to us so we can say "Oh wait you are right, until we stop having babies, until we stop with the dope and the killing, we can't speak on anything" This line of thinking is just as horrific as the thought that eating McD everyday will make you slim and trim and fit.

What other people do you know in America, that is fed this line of horse doo doo ... Black people will never be 100% what others think is together. When will we be able to speak , when all our kids have Master's degrees? When all our Black citizens are GOP voters and home owners? When all our Black people are working ? When every Black person is married void of marriage problems and lawd Cheese void of divorce?

This line of Bull is only fed to Black people. White voice their opinions everyday all day in the midst of problems in their own community with rape, incest, drugs, violence, divorce, molestation, etc. No one stops them from speaking and no one dares tell them they can't have a right to speak.”

Please tell me what you think about this topic.

1 comment:

  1. I can only assume that the thinking behind “get yourself together, first” is that, because we suffer so many issues at the hands of one another so often, we cannot have a valid point to protest our mistreatment at the hands of others.

    However, the other day a good friend of mine pointed out that in cases like Trayvon Martin’s, our anger isn’t totally centered in the fact that a heinous act happened (although enough anger resides here), but that justice often eludes us because of our race and diminished political power, when the perpetrator of the act is non-black. Certainly black-on-black crime is an issue, and far too many of our people fall victim, but when the perpetrator is black, regardless of the race of the victim, justice WILL be served. While we abhor the rates of murder, rape, and abuse towards Blacks at the hands of other Blacks, one thing that can be certain is that, once the person or persons responsible for the crime is captured and has his or her day in court, the odds are good – damned good – that they will be convicted of their crimes. I could also mention the frequency that Black suspects are convicted of crimes they didn’t even commit due to systematic racism, but that’s another comment for another post. Long story short, however, is that while we could do with a whole lot less intra-community victimization, when it does happen, justice is all but guaranteed to be meted out.

    So, we protest travesties of justice like Trayvon Martin’s case because of the dangerous, backsliding precedent it sets for Black people in America in the justice system, and, eventually, in policymaking. Of course this case was about race, because it’s highly doubtful that George Zimmerman would have followed Mr. Martin had he not been Black. To those who still want to argue against this, please take a moment to peruse the stories on the I Am Not Trayvon Martin Tumblr, then get back to me.

    Yes, much of the effort we will be putting toward righting the wrong that happened in this case should also be put toward the ills that seem to plague the Black community more than others – crime, violence, the meager education system, the breakdown of families – but this will need to be a simultaneous undertaking, as we simply cannot wait any further for us to “get ourselves together” to address the harm being done to us by others.