“Fucking punks. These assholes always get away.” ~ George “The Hunter” Zimmerman
The fix was in. We knew it would end this way. It always ends this way. Black people crying and the killers of Black people smiling triumphantly. One is vindicated and the other is vilified. Same as it ever was.
The last time I felt like this was in April 1992 when another jury with no Blacks on it found the four cops who beat up Rodney King not guilty. America betrayed me then too.
Whenever we are in danger of forgetting America reminds its Black sons and daughters exactly how cheap their lives are. Just the same way it did for Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell and Oscar Grant and Rodney King. With a slap on the wrist, a victorious acquittal and a big gob of spit right in the face of every one that hoped maybe this time would be the time when justice prevailed and someone would pay for killing a young Black man the way they didn’t pay for Diallo, Bell, Grant, and King.
It wouldn’t be George Zimmerman. He walked out of the courtroom “not guilty” on all charges as a free man. He even got the gun back he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.
Tomorrow George Zimmerman can go hunting for another Trayvon Martin. And now he has the blessings of the American justice system to do so.
No surprise. As my older brother said, “It’s a commentary on the value of a Black kid’s life.”
Six women, five White and one Hispanic, sat in the courtroom looking at Sybrina Fulton, Travyon’s mother and they concluded, “Your son didn’t matter. His life didn’t matter.” They gave Gladys Zimmerman back her son George. Sybrina Fulton can go to the cemetery if she wants to see her son.
“Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”
“It seems that Trayvon Martin was tried and found guilty of his own death” MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said and indeed he was.
Blackness is a crime. Punishable by death. Travyon was guilty of being Black. And he’s dead. I’d like to cry about it. I’d like to drink myself into numbness.
But I’m not crying and I’m not drinking. I couldn’t be more sober. “American Justice?” That’s an oxymoron.
I don’t believe there will be widespread rioting or acts of violence. There will be some, but not that much and not that bad. While idiots were predicting mass insurrections and the blood of innocent Whites flowing in the gutters, I never believed it. That was just wishful thinking by racists. We are angry and we are hurt, but we are not savages. We will not fall into the traps laid by hateful bastards like Geraldo Rivera and the Fox News cabal who can’t to chortle and say, “We told you so. We told you those niggers would go crazy if Zimmerman walked.”
There was no Twitter, no Facebook, no Instagram, no social media in which to curse, rage and vent. Most people are slow to anger and while there is plenty of anger, the emotion I detect most is hurt. Hurt that yet again America reminds its Black children it is an inattentive, cold and cruel parent that does not love us as we love it and places no value or worth on our lives. This is not a White thing. There are plenty of pissed-off people about this abortion of “justice” and it crosses over all race lines. No, this is an American thing and that separateness, that feeling of unequal protection and that we remain a problem to be solved and not a loyal and trusted citizen to be embraced.
I am ashamed of my country. I don’t feel like an American. I feel like an alien in a hostile world that doesn’t understand me and hates me and all that I love. I wonder if there’s somewhere better than this? Or does my skin color trump my very humanity everywhere on this wretched planet as it does everywhere in this wretched country? It’s been a while, some 21 years since the Los Angeles riots that I felt this way. It has been over two decades since last I felt this sort of acidic and withering contempt for America and a legal system that rubber stamps the hunting and killing of unarmed teenagers.
This jury did not see Travyon as a human being with the right to live like a human being. To them Trayvon was a disease and Zimmerman was the lethal cure. Now he’s free to “cure” more dangerous Black teenagers.
There will be more Trayvon Martins. And now there will be more George Zimmermans to kill more Trayvon Martins. Rabbit season. Duck season. Nigger season.
I have a son. My brother has two sons. My sister has a son. My sister-in-law has two sons. That’s six young Black men and any of them could be lined up in the crosshairs of the next vigilante, wannabee cop. Black parents always have to give their sons (as well as our daughters “the Talk.” Not the one about the birds and the bees, but about the cops or the gangs and how to avoid ending up a tragic statistic.
Now we have to add to it. Now we have to tell our kids how to avoid the wannabee cops, the vigilantes, the bigots like Zimmerman and his whole lousy hateful family who target Black youth.
It’s not enough to keep our sons away from the raging racists like the entire Zimmerman Clan. We must also find a way to bring back as many of those young Black men involved in gangs and crime. We must become proactive in keeping them out of the prison-industrial complex and trying to mentor and aid those locked in it and those coming out of it.
We ignore them at our own peril. There isn’t much comfort to find on this darkest of days, but I take a small bit from this post by Roderick Belin I came across on Twitter.
Black boys matter to their families: their parents and loved ones. Black boys matter to those of us who do not seek to profit off them but who love them for their sheer powerful presence. Black boys matter because they are created in the image of God – because they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Black boys matter because they are brilliant, strong, beautiful, powerful and have universe-altering contributions to make to the world. Those who hate Black boys know this and fear Black boys today just as Pharaoh feared and sought to deal wisely with the Hebrew boys millennia ago. But, we are wise too. We are strong. We are strategic. We love. And, because we love, God is on our side.
Love your Black sons. Love and protect them. You must. America will not.
“Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
Frederick Douglass (1817? – 1895)
PLEASE consider signing the NAACP’s petition to have the Justice Department file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
- George Zimmerman walks free; Trayvon Martin Trial – Where is the Justice? (businessat17.wordpress.com)
- No Justice for Trayvon Martin (libertysands.wordpress.com)
- NAACP Calls on DOJ to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman (pumabydesign001.com)
- COMMENTARY: Zimmerman Acquittal Says It’s Open Season on Black Males (blackamericaweb.com)
- Open season on black boys after a verdict like this | Gary Younge (guardian.co.uk)