What is going on in this country? When is it ever ok to take another person’s life? The stuff that some folks have posted online about this case, the victim, the families, is so disheartening. To steal a line from Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”
The news came on the heels of a fantastic radio show on 7/7/13; an interview with an amazing undergraduate student from Delaware State U. Roderick King (no relation to Rodney mentioned above) denied the odds, broke the family legacy, and became the first man in his family to graduate from High School! [Check him out here in an interview given after his receipt of the Delaware Governor’s Bioscience Fellowship].
What saddens me most is that Roderick could have been Trayvon and never given the opportunity to break barriers. My daughter, Ashley, could have been Trayvon; a life snuffed out too soon. I could have been Trayvon, cut down in my prime – simply because someone thinks I’m up to no good because they don’t like the color of my skin or the clothes I am wearing.
Stop judging before you get to know someone!
If I had a quarter for every time people have followed me around in a store, crossed the street so they didn’t have to share the sidewalk, or snubbed my greeting, I would be rich! And let’s not even talk about the disgusting posts likening me to a chimpanzee (and worse) simply because a newspaper quoted me as stating that racism is alive today and impacts healthcare.
Hate abounds in this country, so it’s up to the government, including individual State governments, to protect every citizen from wanton acts and cowards who feel emboldened to confront a stranger simply because he is packing heat.
Speak out against injustice and laws that are applied inequitably.
Talk to your State reps.
Advocate for your community.
Make your vote count.
~One drop of knowledge can ripple through an entire community.