Like many who watched the George Zimmerman verdict on Saturday night, I found myself plunging into the black hole that was depression. But because I was raised by a God fearing woman, I know that the race isn't given to the swift nor the battle to the strong. We may have lost this battle, but we can still win the war.
Here are some things I think we can do to continue to move forward in this race:
1. We need to educate ourselves. Please look up the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and see why they are ground zero as to what is going on in this country as it relates to Stand Your Ground laws. It is important that we arm ourselves and our children with kowledge.
2. We need to get organize. I'm not talking just Black people. I'm talking everybody who believes in social justice. We need to work together. Please register for the Justice for Trayvon vigil and donate to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
3. We need to get politically active. Your civic duty doesn't stop at voting. Voting is the beginning, not the end. Some of us need to run for office, start Political Action Committees (PAC), become a fundraiser, become a community organizer, become a card carrying member of one of the political parties, and/or start your own political party. The reason the trial happen is because the people took it upon themselves to correct a system that told us there would never be a trial in the first place. The only way we can change the system is if we infilitrate the system.
4. Never stop fighting. The race is not given to the swift nor the battle to the strong. You have to have endurance in this race and we are an enduring people. We all feel the pain and helplessness that this verdict rendered to us, but this is nothing new to us. We now have to channel the strength of Mamie Till, Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Claudette Colvin, MLK, W.E.B. Dubois, A. Philip Randolph, Harriet Tubman, Medgar Evers, E.D. Nixon, Charles Sherrod, Fred Shuttlesworth, and countless others. We come from a legacy of fighters and activist. We can't forget this.
5. You have to have faith. It is our faith that sustains us.
Please share with me some of your own solutions. We can do this people. We have to be diligent and keep pressuring forward. I refuse to let this child or any other child's life be in vain.