|"With the same sword they knight you, they gon' good night you with." - Jay Z|
- The Pilgrims weren't so friendly, eh? Last year, I touched upon the reality of young black males in America and quietly concluded that George Zimmerman would be acquitted of murder charges against Trayvon Martin. I did so, after weighing the fact that it took a monumental effort on behalf of concerned individuals everywhere to force the State of Florida to pursue charges against the defendant in the first place. Well, the verdict arrived and Curious George was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. A disheartening decision to say the least but I imagine the Universe owed the long arms of injustice a favor after the infamous OJ Simpson verdict in '95. Unlike Simpson's famed attorney Johnnie Cochran - who delivered a stimulating closing argument on behalf of his client, Florida's prosecuting attorney John Guy strangely asked jurors if this is where we are as a society, implying the day and age in White America where an adult armed with a legal firearm can racial-profile, follow, harass an innocent teenager, then take said child's life? A question to which I'd look him directly in the eyes and reply: Sir, where the fuck you've been? On the moon?
- Do I believe Trayvon Martin pulled Zimmerman's Ho Card on that fateful night? Damn skippy. Trayvon hit the "creepy ass cracker" with everything but the kitchen sink, as he should, as anyone should, whenever one feels endangered. Would I pull the trigger if someone was atop me, smashing my head in the concrete? Definitely. That individual will die before I will. But do I believe Trayvon jumped out of the bushes and punched Curious George in the face and asked for trouble? Fuck no. A frightened Trayvon ran away from Zimmerman's direction - remember Trayvon telling Rachel he was almost home, which in all probability raised Zimmerman's adrenaline level even more so, to the point where he tackled Trayvon, cause he was tired of "these effing punks always getting away." "Get off me, get off me," so said Trayvon. If I am a "wanna be" police officer toting a gun and approached by an individual whom I believe is up-to-no-good, the last thing in the world that suspicious individual will be able to do is get up on me. Unless, of course, I initiated physical contact cause I wanted to be hailed as a hero by real police and "my hero" to the cute little blonde that testified on my behalf. If we apply common sense, apparently unwelcomed in Florida courtrooms, then we reflect upon that fateful night in Sanford, Florida and know in our hearts that Zimmerman was the one who placed Trayvon in a compromised position where he'd surely be murdered. Of this I am certain.
- I would like to converse with Channa Lloyd, the third-year law student who served as a legal intern on Zimmerman's defense counsel, but not for reasons that most will probably expect. I'd simply ask the sista if she realized the defense used her as a pawn and what if anything she believed Trayvon could've done differently. I'd like to shake the hand of Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump whose inspired efforts brought much-needed media attention and a brother sincerely distraught by the verdict. I would not shake the hand of anyone trying the case, though. If we return to the lost art of common sense, then we know of the half-hearted effort shown by such top-notch prosecutors. Exactly what case was being tried? Who really was on trial here? Trayvon Martin? Young Black Males? Lastly, I would love to hug the parents of the deceased. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, after George Zimmerman, Geraldo Rivera, Don Lemon, Nancy Grace, Piers Morgan, the angry black lady on TV sporting the Queen Latifah hat, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, NAACP, well-paid lawyers, rappers, politicians, activist, Facebook, Twitter, bloggers, protesters, media, church members, jurors, and all the king's horses and all the king's men have made it home safely, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin are the only ones who gotta live with the fact that their son was never afforded that same opportunity. A guilty verdict would not have changed that dark reality.