Friday, March 23, 2012

What's Going On? --- Justice for Trayvon Martin



Last night I watched on TV the gathering of people, some 30,000 people, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the young boy in Florida, shot do death for no other reason than that he was black. I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep, I was that upset, wondering what was going on, once again, in America. 


Trying to go back to sleep, I composed a poem for the boy in my mind. That didn't help. This morning, I went outside and took these two pictures that are about as dark as I feel inside.
America needs for white parents, who teach their children racial hatred, to stop it. We are not born racists, we are taught by our parents and our communities. These white parents need to look inside themselves and see their own humanity, then they need to look at people of color and see that same humanity in them. Then America needs these white parents to put away their own fear-based racial hatred and lock it up together with their guns!

20 comments:

  1. Yeah, I've been following this story on TV and can't understand why the killer has not been arrested ...

    I believe that with all the publicity and protest, there will be justice ...

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  2. This has simply got to stop!! Feeelings of superiority--or inferiority--because of race make no sense & SIMPLY SHOULD NOT EXIST!

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  3. I haven't followed the story but it's beyond sad to die just because you are black. Racism has no place among intelligent people and it needs to be eradicated. Just sad...

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  4. Yes, a person would think that after all this time that this type of thing wouldn't be happening.

    It's horribly sad...

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  5. I personally prefer to get a few facts before I over-react. Let the justice system work. Remember the Duke University lacrosse team being hung out to dry when the charges and rumors were entirely false?

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  6. Trist! Men så är det i Sverige med tyvärr....hoppas du mår bättre och kan vara ute med vovvarna. VI åker hem imorgon och det skall bli skönt att vara med våra vovvar igen

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  7. I really don't understand what is going on in this case. Why hasn't the gunman been arrested? So very sad.

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  8. Inger, it makes me feel like so little has changed since I was growing up! It's so discouraging - we thought when Obama became President, what a triumph it was over racism. And it was, YET, it feels like the pendulum is swinging back the other way. I am so tired of it. You've expressed the thoughts and feelings here so poignantly.

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  9. We don't yet know all the facts -- but if not for social media, we'd never even have heard of the case. I find it appalling that Zimmerman wasn't held for questioning, tht Mrtin's corpse was tested for drugs but Z wasn't. So many unanswered questions...

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  10. Dear Inger, . . . like you, I feel sad for many reasons. One is the sorry history we have with regard to racism. Another is because the police department did not collect any forensic evidence and simply accepted the statement of the man alleged to have shot and killed Trayvon Martin.

    So if a case is to be made, will the evidence be there?

    I was so grateful to hear what President Obama had to say today. He made his statement very personal. He had to be careful because he is truly the administrator of the Justice Department, which is now involved in the case. But he let it be known that a child had died and that all of us need to bemoan this tragedy.

    I'm glad you expressed your pain and sorrow. Thank you for speaking your mind and being passionate about justice. Peace.

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  11. I hadn't heard this - but it's sad. Sandie

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  12. You are so right, hatred is learned and not part of our DNA. We have come a long way from when I was that boy's age. Then there would have been no outcry, the story would have been buried. Now if we can just go the rest of the way to being caring humans.

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  13. Well said and felt, Inger! People are literally getting away with murder on a daily basis under the guise of 'protecting' us!
    Racial profiling is a very dangerous mind set for both our societies to adopt.
    Thanks Inger for sharing this with us.

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  14. I agree with you absolutely, Inger. It would seem that racism is alive and well in our country. And the love of guns. It only can bring violence and hatred and unending strife. This is no way to build a future, this is no way to live. I, too, feel very dark about this.

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  15. When the black professor in MASS was arrested by white policeman, our president jumped in, beer cans extended. He called that police dept.'s actions stupid.
    But with this horrible tragedy,our president is staying 'out of it and letting the justice system work'.
    Good post!

    I've given you an award. Stop by my site to see what is involved.

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  16. very discouraging and depressing.

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  17. I too have been following this story and am so saddened by it. Why do we judge based on the color of the skin, or the religion one chooses to beleive? It all seems so senseless, doesn't it?

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  18. Racism + Second Amendment + "Self-defence" = social disaster.

    I'm so sad for all of it.

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  19. Those pictures capture what I am feeling as well.

    This is so sad. I really have a hard time understanding how people can be so cruel and biased. I hope things will change for the better in the future.

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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