I can not trust a system that is not willing to protect people of color. – From a friend and organizing colleague in Portland, Oregon
My communities of pastors, human rights activists and neighbors are reeling from the news this evening that Zimmerman was found not guilty for the killing of young teenager Travyon Martin in Florida. A culture clash of values at work, wrapped in a racialized media blanket and a desensitized American public that persistently dehumanizes people of color while fueling fear and militant individualism. Why we need to keep coming together. From those I love —
…SHOCKED and STUNNED! United States of America as a nation that prides itself on the fairness and equality this is yet another wake up call. Outcomes like this “NOT GUILTY” verdict is YET another reminder of the wounds people of color are asked to heal every minute and every day of their life in America. Do you understand why we question each and every interaction? The justice system has yet to prove to be fair? Do you see the division? HOW in GOD’s name is this a NOT GUILTY case. Post racial America is a myth – despite the outcome I KNOW and believe WITHOUT a doubt that the life of a young Black man in America is priceless. I refuse to accept the injustice you choose to present as a reality! Holding on to these words by Dr. Martin Luther King “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” My heart, prayers and unyielding love are with your family/friends -but especially your mother/father/siblings! We are FOREVER united and connected – the bond has been sealed – The Trayvon Martin Foundation Trayvon Martin your spirit lives one – the world knows your name and have bared witness to this injustice! We must continue to fight for all the Trayvon Martin’s of the world.
– Charlene McGee Past Chair, African Womens Coalition
May we send Trayvon’s family & friends love and compassion.
May we send Zimmerman and his legal team & family love and compassion, and some hope of eventual redemption.
May we remember that white supremacy is so much bigger than this one case that shines such a bright light on the racism of our judicial system.
May we find ways to expand love over hate and fear.
May we rededicate ourselves to eradicating white supremacy from our lives and our systems and our communities everywhere.
May we find the strength to do that work with love.
May it be so.
– Rev. Cathy Rion Starr, All Souls Church DC
Also, no the system is not broken. No there should not be patience. This is what the system does and how it works. Patience only leads to more death of people of color, more colonization of land, more cages built and more wars. We need impatience with this system and we need stronger organizing to fight.
– Rev. Jason Lydon, Black and Pink
NOT GUILTY of ANY CHARGES??? REALLY!!!???!!!
My heart breaks…. No! My heart is broken.
Something is seriously wrong with this picture.
I wish that the Jury would follow the route of the Civil Rights Movement to better understand what just happened. This is an updated version of Emmett Till’s story. Shame. Shame. Shame.
-Rev. Hope Johnson, UU Congregation of Central Nassau
Who will cry for the little boy?
Lost and all alone.
Who will cry for the little boy?
Abandoned without his own?
-Jerome Brooks, Former Urban League Organizer