In America, we have media outlets and prominent individuals, who exploit a criminal trial to elevate the situation into a black against white race issue. Racism is their battle cry and trying to kill our young is their motto. We observe angry, supposedly well-educated, black men raising their voices and lending their faces to every media outlet who will display them.
If these individuals are as well-educated as they claim to be; then maybe they have heard of another well-educated, black man who championed the Civil Rights Movement. And know of his disdain over such demoralizing behavior!
Let me remind you of this great man…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. realized that force and violence would only serve to make his race look ignorant. It would prove every bigot’s racist point of view concerning the black community. And he also knew how God felt. Dr. King utilized nonviolent, civil disobedience to bring the issues to the public and did more for the Civil Rights Movement than anyone else has since then.
Now to understand the Zimmerman trial, I believe you have to understand the people of their community. A community wrought with crime and integrated with black, white, and hispanics. You see, poverty has no color, only a location.
What happens, in these communities, is that the children learn the number one rule, which is survival! It is not about education, bettering their lives, or even getting out of there. They are too busy worrying about having food to eat, can they keep the electricity on, and will they have running water? Survival.
And so, when a man sees a teen walking around at night, the man suspects the worse of the teen. You see the man is also about survival and protecting the property that he has worked so hard to give his family. Thus ensued a horrendous tragedy which not only affects the two men, and their families; but a community.
My suggestion to the “pot stirrers” is not to allow Treyvon’s death be a war cry but a peace cry! Do not turn this young man’s life and death into more violence, but a call to action for community change. This could be your call to establish a blueprint of peace, which other American communities can emulate.
Or you can keep ranting like a madman, who will one day have to stand before the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. But will Jesus stand in front of you and be your intercessor before God? Remember Jesus walked with the poor, whores, lepers, and thieves of His time. He saw the worst of the worst and still, He loves them! In Matthew 5:9, we are told:
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
What will you be called when this trial is over, no matter the outcome?