Well...It happened again.
On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, while coming home from the store with a bag of Skittles, 15 year old Trayvon Martin was followed, confronted and shot to death by Neighborhood Watch captain, George Zimmerman. Apparently Zimmerman told police that he felt threatened and that's why he shot Trayvon. Trayvon was unarmed. Zimmerman was not charged. Story link: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/media/content/national-news-media-attention-trayvon-martin-death-explodes-feds-investigate
From the moment the story hit national headlines, something just felt suspicious.
Now, the entire country is demanding that the Justice Department act. As of March 20, 2012, the Justice Department has agreed to review this case.
What I want to focus on here is that this is not the first time something like this has happened, but what struck a chord with so many people is that this young man was simply just walking down the street and was profiled by someone who obviously had bias against young Black males.
It has been reported that Zimmerman had called 911 at least 50 times within a one year period and every single time he called it was to report activity he felt was suspicious of young Black males.
How many times have we heard this type of story?
In February of 1999, Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot by a New York City plain clothed officer. He was unarmed and shot over 41 times. Then there was Sean Bell who was shot to death in November of 2006, again by a New York City police. Over 50 bullets were fired. He was to be married later that day. In both cases, both men were "suspected of having guns."
Many people have asked the question: Why is it a crime for a Black man to walk down the street? No matter where they go, they are a suspect. How long is the Black community supposed to put up with this?
Had Trayvon been white, he never would have been followed.
It's been reported that young Black males are most likely the victims of police brutality and society bias.
As a Black woman; I feel ever so protective. I see what is happening and I can't pretend that I don't understand what this is about: RACISM. Yes! Plain and simple.
I can only pray that justice will be served in Trayvon's case. Who knows who he could have grown up to be.
Black men have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and as a community; the Black community must begin to protect our valuable sons and fathers.
I pray that Zimmerman will be put in prison and then...he can then tell the Black inmates why he felt the need to shoot an unarmed Black teenage kid. I'm sure their response will most definitely be enlightening for him.