Sunday, March 25, 2012

Trayvon Martin and Justice Denied....

I went to a rally for Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen who was murdered in late February by a violent racist for being himself, yesterday in front of DC City Hall. At the time, Martin was wearing a hoodie and carrying a bag of skittles. 

Under the insanely fascist "Castle Law" in that state (and I believe a dozen others), his murderer, George Zimmerman, remains free. Carrying a gun, Zimmerman uttered a racial slur ("f#@king coons") and said "these assholes always get away" into his cell phone during his 911 call. You can listen to the recording

A 17 year-old walking home and chatting with his girlfriend on his cell phone should never be murdered. And yet it happens. What is so horribly wrong here is George Zimmerman has not been prosecuted. Shame on Florida. And shame on us if we let this stand.

My hope is that people will really be motivated to act. At the rally yesterday there was a lot of urging people to vote. That is not what we need. We need people to organize their communities, get truly involved, and act. We cannot allow these insane Orwellian laws become reality, and if they do we should revolt. The people, truly united, will never be defeated.

An associate of mine, Corryn, a great young Howard University student is driving down to Florida today with a few friends to offer support to Martin's parents and be part of the intense organizing going on in Florida right now.

I think some folks were actually beginning to believe we lived in some sort of "post-racial" society, but then the unjust execution of Troy Davis by Georgia happened, and now this case in Florida. I never believed such a fantasy, but I think a few "liberals" were heading down this road. This must all be a very rude wake up call for them.

We must demand far greater justice in this country. And we must demand it now...

The following words are from the Magna Carta (which our tradition of jurisprudence is based on): "To no one will we sell, to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice." The phrase "Justice delayed is justice denied" originated from this maxim.

Let there be justice for Trayvon Martin. Let there be equal justice for all.

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