There are seven fundamental types of catastrophes. Beauty is not one of them.
It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. — Voltaire
Watching & listening to news coverage, still in disbelief. Shocked & greatly disappointed but not surprised. This was a case of the people, 2.2mil people signed the petition at Change.org, millions shared FB posts, tweeted & retweeted, blogged, gathered, marched & screamed out the echoes of injustice.
The people did not allow Trayvon to die in vain. Yet it still took 46 days to arrest an armed man for killing an unarmed child. 46 DAYS.
An arrest we thought meant justice, accountability for Trayvon’s death, a message for the senseless crimes against the unarmed, the racially profiled, a category that includes countless black men.
To hear the jury consisted solely of women seemed to imply a certain obvious fate, a feeling there would undoubtedly be justice THIS TIME.
To hear Not Guilty is a stain of disgrace on this country’s soil, our IN-justice system, and the broken hearts of those who believed, prayed, gathered, shared, tweeted, blogged and strongly oppose the senseless killing of an unarmed child preyed upon by an angry faux watchman in disagreement with his look & location.
Our hearts are broken.
Concerns, confusion & fears are mounting. Defeat manifests itself in an abundance of ways but the one victory that remains is the people. The people made this crime a case. Had it not been for the nationwide public uproar, this case would have been a local news story in Sanford, FL and nothing more. There was a united outcry of support for Trayvon’s family, and for the countless Trayvons out there who have died in vain, taken from their families sans support or nationwide notice of their life and senseless death.
So there is our victory in this. This was a case created by people, not the justice system, which is why we can’t be too surprised a system that was perfectly content with ignoring a crime is perfectly content with not administering punishment for said crime. 46 DAYS.
Keep sharing. Keep signing. Keep tweeting. Keep blogging. Keep gathering. Keep marching. Keep forming. Keep on.
And please keep voting, because you can not serve on a jury if you are not a registered voter. And while it has been argued that jury duty is something most want to avoid. Serving gives you a voice. Sadly, this outcome will discourage many from taking any action the next time this happens. But the price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.
My hope is this tragedy results in more positive than negative actions taken.