Now here’s the thing: if history has shown us that, don’t we have to become more involved in changing the future? What do we do everyday to pay forward the message of equality? Yes, we can talk about how there was not one black face on the jury in a city in which about 30% of the population is black, and how the jurors probably have no idea of what it is like to raise a black child, let alone a black male in a society that says he is a monster the day he comes out of the womb, and yes, we have to ask how Florida’s statutes can be on the books. But we also have to ask ourselves how do we play a part in allowing this centuries’ old drama to keep re-playing.
We should be outraged that a young man minding his own business died at the hands of someone who profiled him and that his murder is being overlooked. We should have pity in our hearts for Trayvon’s family. And then, we should become involved every day in making our voices known and our actions clear about how we feel about race and class inequality. There are organizations, solid organizations, we can join who are involved in addressing these issues, we can speak out as individuals, we can turn up the heat at the ballot boxes addressing local issues (not just Presidential elections), we can join unions and boycott when companies and organizations short-change us. There are so many things we can do. The Martin/Zimmerman trial might be over, but matters addressing social and economic equality will always be on trial. Do your part to make sure the trial continues.