Did you think I was being abnormally silent on the outcome of the death of a young black man? I had to think carefully how to respond. I didn’t want to be one of the people on Facebook who called a dead boy a “thug.” I didn’t want to be the person calling for George Zimmerman’s head on a platter.
As I do a lot lately, I blame the media for fueling the fires of this case. Talking out of both sides of their mouths, they managed to send people into a frenzy. Some days it’s hard to keep track of who we’re supposed to be hating! I made it my mission to keep a level head.
I feel the pain of Trayvon Martin’s family. I am Trayvon’s mother. Every time my sons leave the house I have to worry. I don’t think parents of white boys worry in the same way. Maybe I’m wrong and we all open our doors and feel terror as our sons go into the streets.
No one really knows what happened that night. There are always three sides to every story. Watch the story end up in court and the story tellers multiply as experts are called to testify. Usually experts paid for by the side they are supporting. That’s not exactly unbiased story telling.
This was a tragedy on so many levels that I cannot begin a dissection. But I can encourage you to make some changes. Because we can’t change the past. We can only change the future.
Yes, you…we…us have the power to make the changes in our society. We do the voting that puts the people into power. We can vote. If we don’t vote, we also have exercised our powers in an apathetic way. We can elect people who reflect our values. We can not vote for people who are consumed with the greed of politics.
We can encourage politicians through communication and petitions to guide our local and state governments in the direction we would like. We can investigate who is behind certain laws. Are they truly states people who want a stand your ground law? Or is a political think tank responsible? Who benefits most from legislation? The people of your community or the businesses?
Our power is in our vote. And we need to exercise our power whenever possible to save our country from people who don’t have its best interests at heart. I know, I sound a little conspiracy geeked here. It seems politicians have lost sight of who government is here to support: The people.
When “less government” is being defined as let me into your uterus and your bedroom to see what you’ve been doing and cutting food stamps for women and children in need, there is something fundamentally wrong with America. I guess we no longer have to worry about the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. Unless they are they huddled board members of some investment firm who misappropriated funds and required a bailout and a change in laws to make it easier to save their asses. And we only want the homeless and tempest tossed if they don’t require any assistance of any kind and can work for minimum wage to line to pockets of the big box store owner, but can’t afford housing and healthcare.
Seriously, our priorities are all screwed up. And only we can make a difference. Educate yourself. Do your research. And vote.