Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"We will march and march and march until the right thing is done." - Tracy Martin

This is not justice.  Justice is a world where kids don't get shot because of the color of their skin.  This is a step in the right direction.  

I appreciate what Benjamin Jealous articulated about the twin tragedies of this horrific crime.  Not just that Trayvon was racially profiled and murdered, but that the police department largely ignored and attempted to bury the crime, protecting the shooter rather than an innocent child.

“Forty–five days after Trayvon Martin’s life came to a violent end, the wheels of justice have finally begun to turn. This is an important first step toward bringing justice for Trayvon and his family.  Trayvon’s case moved the nation because it underscored the twin tragedies that affect so many of our young people: Trayvon was profiled because of his race—looked upon as a threat rather than the loving son he was.  And then, once he became a victim, he was neglected by the very police department tasked with protecting our communities and families.  As a nation, we’ve got to address the issues of racial profiling and the valuation of black mens’ lives by law enforcement. In the months ahead the months ahead, the NAACP and our allies in the civil rights community will continue to take these issues on as well as the urgent need to repeal stand-your-ground laws.  Tonight our thoughts and prayers are with Trayvon’s family. We are grateful for the courage and tenacity of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin that continue to help shape a national movement for justice for their son and for all of America’s children.” - Benjamin Jealous, NAACP, President
I know better than to hope this is the turning of the tide of racial profiling, but I can hope that Trayvon's death will continue to shed light on this national shame.
xo kate

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