It’s my part 6 of my commentary of the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman angle. Yes, many of us who were out on Saturday had a chance to rally outside of our Federal Courthouses in unity to let the U.S. Government know about review and maybe discard the Stand Your Ground Laws. Or anything Stand Your Ground Related. Now many are still harboring about that the case wasn’t race related per say, and “and there’s no real racism.” Or that hot topic: “I am colorblind.” Well let me say, that once have you been in the shoes of those who have been discriminated, or if you experienced racism in another form, then you really can’t say that it’s old and done with. Speaking of George Zimmerman: I know many have seen this letter online via Facebook. A Facebook User named Alex Fraser posted his commentary about the aftermath of the trial:
Dear George Zimmerman,
For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.
You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.
People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you’ll want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up the next day, put on firm look and push through life.
I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you’d end up inheriting all of his struggles.
Enjoy your “freedom.”
A black male who could’ve been Trayvon Martin
Based on this, and you probably had to comment – yep it’s like dealing with a moving target. Morely like placing someone in the footsteps and say, this is what it looks like. In terms of dealing with blood on the hands. Now for those who have well: gotten over it, or telling those to get over it, I challenge those to rethink that statement. I challenge those to rethink period! The only we’ll truly be over it, is death. As in if we all die. No humanity. None. That’s when I think racism will eventually die out. Yes, the human race will continue to march on as usual as we want, but those who might be reading this in the next 20 years or more, I know that the utopia is on ice, but you BETTER understand what got you to build that utopia like this. I was watching the Ed Show on MSNBC. And it was a question that was posted in which was asked: “Should there be a race relations class in every public school?” And most folks voted yes on the poll. I’m going to ask this a step further in asking (in paraphrasing) – Should there be a race relations class in every school? – Public, Private, Charter, Home Schools, Alternative Schools and etc. And I mean ALL SCHOOLS! All of you teachers, educators, alumni, or those that are educated related, I challenge you to take that notion to your education cirruculms and tell why this is. Not just in the wake of Trayvon Martin, but also in the wake of other similar examples that dealt with this same exact issue. In other words the schools, churches, workplaces, colleges/universities, and many other public, private, organizations that need to interject! No more hiding on this one.
Now also, President Barack Obama has asked the question of where do we take this? The main thing in my view is to keep telling our stories. Keep telling our lessons. Yes, there is a group of players coming up that don’t really see this. But I hope that the new players realize that what got them there, they have to understand that it wasn’t easy. Look at the history. Look at the archives. And that should not be forgotten, nor gotten over. This is not something that should not be kept in Pandora’s Box. I have shared my story. Many times. And I know that many have already begun, or thinking about beginning to talk. Even the President himself had to show up in front of the cameras, and the briefing room and tell his story of how he was profiled. I can’t imagine the international community hearing about this, and probably asking the president: “Mr. Obama? was it true?” This is the leader of the free world telling the folks in all countries about his commentary about locked cars, or when he was applying for State Senator, college professors, or maybe a student at Harvard, he was profiled! Many of us in the black community or some probably had said that he should have done this in his first term, or should have shown up for the State of the Black Union Address in 2008. (Summon the haterade for Tavis Smiley) But he said it. And I don’t think he wasn’t pressured harshly. And those felt that the President was the wrong choice of talking about it. It should be the parents and families. Well let me comment: The President is a parent also. Is he not? And what is this about him being pushed? If the President was pushed to make a statement about this matter, then he had to be pushed for a reason. Think about it, when was the last time those reading this blog or others who had to be pushed for a reason? This is like saying your Easter speech back in the day and if you didn’t, spankings happen. Anybody can relate. And the pushing part had to come from us, black community. I think back when we had to learn to hold our leaders accountable in such. Um…..does that ring a bell? Or maybe the FLOTUS had a part in that for a good reason.
Where do we go from here? – that ‘s the question that Dr. King said. Now in 2013, in the same year of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, I Have A Dream, the Assassinations of JFK and Medgar Evers, the Birmingham Church that killed the 4 little girls, and the address of Civil Rights.
Where do we go from here? in 2013 in which the voting rights act section 4 was struck down by the supreme court, having this claim about no real racism which is false, some of the communications in the African-American Community like Warren Ballentine, Michael Baisden, and here in Milwaukee, 1290 WMCS is out. But in a twist, the voices are still out there like Sherwin Hughes on WNOV. Earl Ingram has new show online called “The People’s Forum” in which you listen live at blackcoffeeradio.com. Also, yes there is Homer Blow and Blowradio.com. And plus I failed to mentioned: The Earl Hall Show on blog talk radio. (keep calm, he’s a family member of mine).
Where do we go from here? In a segregated city like Milwaukee and a state like Wisconsin, that is behind on jobs, transportation, having a forced ultrasound, education slashing, Act 10 being put on a table like a bad rash, and having the Democratic party finding a new candidate to take on Scott Walker at his own game. It might happen. And on Black on Black Crime. Why did the Right Wing Media had to cringe? When the George Zimmerman Trial as we know went Not Guilty, they had to come out with “well there’s black and black crime……” They had to act like what happened to Trayvon Martin was just a myth. The Right Wing better realize that Trayvon was the one that didn’t have that right to stood his ground because of Zimmerman. Oh and the mindset of some or many is just stupid. Let’s say if one of them per say was shot. And wasn’t doing anything wrong. *****HELLO****** I’m just saying. Yeah, I know its the right wing. A party that can’t get on board with realistic issues like this. The reason they kept saying “black on black crime” so much just to play defense on George Zimmerman. That’s just them saying in a related sense of having black friends. My take: STOP THAT MESS!
Partially, I don’t want the mentality of this new found goal to last 3 weeks or less. And yes it’s a new mentality. Senator John McCain has now called for a review of the Stand Your Ground Law. If you haven’t heard already. That’s a way to get the ball rolling. But also it has to be more to get the conversation going in a sense to get out of the boats! Speaking of trying to get out of the boats, I paid attention to Real Milwaukee this morning. Yeah, that show. I haven’t watched Real Milwaukee in a while because ever since WNOV came back, my listening pleasures have been via Milwaukee Black Talk Radio. (Plus Tony Clark is no longer with the show.) The guest on Real Milwaukee to comment and talk about President Obama’s viewpoint was Eugene Kane. Yes he still writes commentary for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and OnMilwaukee.com as a local columnist. Kane was very straight to the point. Bar none. A point in the segment that host Cassandra McSheapard had an suggestion about “be black for a day”. In sense of walking in those shoes of what it’s like to be in the shoes or footprints of those who have had gone through the storm and is willing to talk about it. But we know not everyone is going to try. I looked at the Real Milwaukee Facebook Page today, and as to my suspicion, there were the mostly negative comments: ranging from Obama was being a divider, stop the race cards, and had the nerve to quote Frederick Douglass. Mainly, Real Milwaukee folks who chime in on their Facebook Page had to be, yep you guessed it. Hint: it’s not black! And these are the same folks who probably feel (In the Greater Milwaukee Area) that it’s no real racism, Al Sharpton is still soft-balling with Jesse Jackson, had to bring up MLK and the quotes and thinking he’s a Republican! And had to address a crime that President Obama didn’t talk about, and so on, and so on, and so on. Let me enlighten the white audience on this. Not all of them, but the selected few who don’t understand, nor listen: First: WE ARE NOT in a colorblind society! I don’t know where that came from nor I don’t care. I don’t see that Utopia yet being built. Second, yes most you have Dr. King on the mind and yes he was a great orator of justice. But I have to say, when was the last time you EVER done something positive beside reading “I Have a Dream?” In other words: what have you done to maintain King’s Dream? Plus he wasn’t no republican! Third: we know that the President is a busy man. We get it. Plus also he has alot on his plate. And no he’s not a Race Baiter in Chief that’s trying to divide the country. That’s most of you doing it! Oooooooh time to learn right now! As far as Al Sharpton soft balling with Jesse Jackson: Look, I may not agree with their stances of commentary, but when the Trayvon Martin case broke out all over America, they weren’t the first on the scene. Social Media started that news thing and like everyone else, we followed and picked up.
If we haven’t learned anything, we are sleeping at the wheel. WAKE UP!
- The world is aghast over Trayvon Martin. The US needs to look at itself | Deborah Orr (guardian.co.uk)
- ‘Pain to power:’ Ceremonies honor Trayvon Martin, rally black community (newsherald.com)
- Tavis Smiley gets President Obama all wrong (salon.com)
- Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman: the painful paradoxes of race (seattletimes.com)