As I sat in front of the TV waiting for the verdict, deep down inside I believed it would be not guilty. We live in the greatest country in the world and because of that we are given the right to make choices. These choices are oftentimes met with acceptance as well as criticism. George Zimmerman made the choice to kill Trayvon Martin. The jury of 6 women made the choice to acquit him of murder. I am not happy with the choices made but I accept them. I know that this country is imperfect. I know that racism is alive and well in what many call a “post racial” society. I know that there are people that profile, stereotype and judge others on the basis of their skin, their attire and their demeanor. I’m inclined to believe that George Zimmerman did that. But, our country says that if a jury says not guilty, that is the law. People can chant “the white man is still oppressing us” or “the judicial system is for whites only” or a simply “this is the worst country in the world”. But the truth is that if any of those statements were true, we wouldn't be able to express them publicly. We live in the greatest country in the world….point, blank, period!! We live in a country that allows us to speak our truths and what’s in our hearts even if it’s met with resistance. We live in a country where freedom of speech is extended to even the people who make condescending statements about our president without repercussions. Regardless of the political party!! I am saddened by the not guilty verdict, but I accept it. I choose not to espouse jargon and rhetoric that is meant to incite and degrade. A young man lost his life. But if those who want to scream hateful words, or destroy and condemn choose instead to come from a place of peace and understanding, hopefully the next young man in a hoodie will be spared his life.
I’m sure this post comes across as scattered, unfocused and poorly written….but I hope that what’s in my heart shines through as clear as the light that floats above God’s angel Trayvon Benjamin Martin. Have a great day and remember to choose love and acceptance in order to receive peace and understanding.
My name is Tamieka Blair and I live on Long Island in New York. I write, I read, I write, I work, I write, I support..I WRITE!!!
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