A Nation of Trayvons

This week marked the third anniversary of the killing of Trayvon Martin. Nothing much has changed in the dynamic between young men of color and society at large. I am reblogging this post I wrote in reaction to George Zimmerman’s acquittal. If we forget history we are bound to repeat it.

from the sticks to the bricks and back again

Walking on the train platform this morning, a young man wearing a heather gray hoodie rushed quickly by me brushing my arm as he shot past. He simultaneously startled me out of my pre-caffeine morning stupor. In rapid fire succession my thoughts bounced from “I am Trayvon Martin” to “If Massachusetts was a Stand Your Ground state, could someone like a George Zimmerman claim they felt threatened by the young hoodie clad man from such seemingly innocuous physical contact” to “I am not Trayvon Martin” as I noticed the whiteness of the young man’s jaw line. This brief encounter jarred me.

It has been just over a month since the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case was handed down and George Zimmerman was acquitted. I, like many Americans, was shocked and angry at the verdict. I question the functionality of the jury system in our country – having served on…

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