In the wake of the injustice that is the Trayvon Martin trial, this post should be dedicated to the reaction to the verdict of not guilty for George Zimmerman. After ample conversation, I think we can say that we all stand on the side injustice for the death of Trayvon Martin and his family. But I heard a great quote on the news when a correspondent said “…we should vilify the fact we have not built the justice system to be a just system.” For majority of us who have followed the trial, live or in recap, prepared for its outcome. But I think it’s worth noting that being prepared for this injustice is the real revelation here. What I am saying is that the black community expects injustice in a country that is suppose to be just and equal across all factions. It’s not. And we are once again reminded of this. Florida has just brought this outrage to the forefront. I don’t just mean in this case but look at the case of Marissa Alexander in Tampa who was sentenced to 20 years jail time for firing a warning shot in defense of a threatening husband. A stand your ground self-defense case with a black woman where no one lost their life went in the opposite direction. That said this is the point that I am making:
“Remember that these laws did not malfunction, we have this idea that this is a miscarriage of justice. And it may have been in a theoretical sense but in a jurisprudential sense this is exactly what was suppose to happen. So when we are talking about how we have gotten to this point, what was in the minds of the law makers who align with the ALEC when they put these laws together? What was in the minds of the prosecutors who brought these charges? It’s a short term loss but a long term victory for [those groups]. The outcome of this case was even in the prosecution’s 2nd degree murder charge which wasn’t going to stick (similar to the 1st degree murder charge in the Amadou Dialo case). Thus cynically you can placate African Americans saying ‘we went for the strongest possible charges’ also with a wink and nod say to constituency ‘we know this is not going to stick'” -Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker (read his article)
My point is our beef should be with our lawmakers. Stand-your-ground law states that a person may justifiably use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of an unlawful threat, without an obligation to retreat first. Meaning if you don’t want someone to exist for any reason (even their race) in FL then you have a law to hide behind. How many laws are out here like this? And when do we question the extent of our Second Amendment rights?
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