So, my blog has been stagnant for a while, and the world around us is burning. Thought I’d drop a few lines to keep my blog up to date on the Zimmerman verdict – not guilty.
I first saw these words while spending some time at my mom’s house. Her and I don’t always see eye to eye on politics so we have an agreement not to discuss these things for the sake of our relationship. Yet there I was sitting at the dinner table with my partner next to me when I wanted to break down in tears over this. Having to hold them back I show him the verdict and out heads hang, silence.
This verdict is not just sad because it was so obvious that he was guilty – guilty of murdering a young black man for being black – but because of what it means for our futures. It is not legal to kill black people. Being afraid of someone because they are black is justification for this crime. Racism, white supremacy, not news to anyone. But now the re-legalization of lynching is taking us back 40 plus years. This is a tragedy for black and brown people in this country. Trayvon Martin was one, but it is only the beginning.
And it isn’t like the killing of innocent black youth is a new thing. The pigs have been doing it forever. But now you don’t need to hide behind a badge to murder and get away with it, you can be any cracker off the street with a gun.
The response to the killing and now the verdict has been very important in a lot of cities. In the bay area people threw down with police and shut down a freeway, same in LA, and in Houston we see people sharing in on shutting down freeways, something that is unheard of in Texas. Yet at the same time there are still the non-profits and black nationalists “leaders” who are placing themselves in the front of a lot of this activity and holding it back. I went to a rally called by a non-profit and when young black men and women expressed their frustration with the same old shit “go out and vote” and “get an education” bullshit that they have heard a million times before, these “leaders” told them that this is not a time to be angry but a time for love! What? If we can’t be angry now, when? And if you aren’t angry then you aren’t paying attention. The legal system is not meant for us, it has completely turned it’s back on us. The education system has been failing us for yours. This is your plan for our future? People getting on the mic talking about becoming lawyers, so what, so we can replace the crackers there? How do you think they got there? Not just because they worked hard, but because they play by the rules and they follow the system. The only way anything is going to change is if we unite and fight against it directly, not thought the courts, not through the schools, and sure as hell not by voting.
We need people power, it’s the only way.