One Year Ago Trayvon Martin Was Murdered..What Have We Done Since Then?

Davey-D-purple-frameOne year ago today 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a wannabe cop who was serving as a neighborhood watch captain named George Zimmerman..

Trayvon was unarmed when he was profiled and confronted for looking suspicious even after police told Zimmerman not to pursue him… One year later after all of us wore hoodies and held up skittles, what has changed and where are we both with the case and the way we deal w/ violence, racism and our collective pursuit for justice?

What was bothersome was far too many caked off the Trayvon tragedy..It was a way to get camera time by expressing outrage, but the important follow-up was all but abandoned.. For example, there was a call to push back on ALEC.. The American Legislative Exchange Council which was primary engine responsible for putting Stand Your Ground Laws in effect all over the country. We made promises to dismantle it and stop the millionairs and billionaires like the Koch brothers from using it to their advantage and our detriment

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Even if Zimmerman himself will not be using Stand Your Ground, it was the existence of this law that emboldened him to chase down Trayvon and shoot him..Have been people been keeping up w/ ALEC? Have they been following the work of Color of Change which is still in the mix fighting this?

Many have all but forgotten the case of Marissa Alexander, the young mother who was abused by her husband who in defending herself from another brutal attack shot a gun in the ceiling to prevent herself from being beat.. Her actions would’ve been in line w/ Stand Your Ground.. She is now serving 20 years for her actions..

The same DA/State Attorney, Angela Corey who is overseeing the prosecution of Zimmerman is the same DA who prosecuted Alexander.. She is also the same Angela Corey who made history by trying a 12-year-old in adult court..Her term is up this year..What’s the plan of action regarding her? Will she pursue the Trayvon case vigorously? Are we concerned about her mistreatment of Marrissa Alexander?

Jordan Davis

Jordan Davis

Since Trayvon we saw a repeat incident in Jacksonville Florida, when 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot and killed by a man named Michael Dunn who felt the unarmed teen was playing his music too loud. Dunn was finally charged w/ First degree murder..Davis’ parents are fighting ALEC and Stand Your Ground..They said they will crusade against these laws in honor of their slain son..Have we joined them? Do we care?

Since Trayvon there have been a rash of raced based vigilante attacks and killings from Oklahoma City on down to the some of the border states. For whatever reason many have not connected the killings of Brown folks by anti-immigrant Minute men types in places like Tuscon to what was happened to folks like Trayvon and Jordan..and before that, to folks in New Orleans who were shot and killed fleeing flooded areas after Katrina for higher ground..

Since Trayvon the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement issued a stunning report documenting extrajudicial killings by law enforcement and law enforcement types.. The report revealed that every 36 Hours a Black person was killed. What have we done to follow that up? Most recently a number of organizations met in Oakland to a packed house to update the findings and lay out a number of next steps to hold folks accountable and get justice.. Have we joined those efforts?

Stop the Violence March in Chicago

Stop the Violence March in Chicago

Right after Trayvon was shot there were some who were upset that folks had rallied his killing. Their rationale was Black folks kill each other all the time. They pointed to cities like Chicago as a glaring example of inner city violence..For those folks since Trayvon, what’s been the progress you initiated? Whats the orgs you linked up to that others can join? Whats the legislative path being pursued that others can help out on?

One year ago Trayvon Martin was killed. It angered us. It shocked us..It had us wearing hoodies..But if all we did was wear a hoodie after one year with all that has happened, I dare say we failed Trayvon and failed ourselves..What more needs to happen before the current climate is shifted?

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Comments

  1. still need justice = jeezy

  2. These neighborhood watch programs are fine if these guys are unarmed. But you can’t have armed ignorant yahoos as neighborhood watchers
    There was a lot of controversy with the guardian angels back in the 80’s but they were unarmed. The problem is some of these guys get overzealous… Your not trained law enforcement !! Their leader Mr. Silwa several times almost got rubbed out becase he started barking up the wrong tree with wrong people.
    It will be interesting to see how this trial plays out. My own personal take is that it is hard for me to believe that this qualifies as stand your ground ; when you have 2 kids in a tussle then one pulls out a weapon and uses it. On top of that they were strangers to each other. I just don’t see it–I am no expert but it looks more like cold-blooded killing. They did not know each other ; had no family ties, no business dealings. No need for this –senseless.

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  4. Real Talk!!!

  5. Wow .. that one year went fast.. (RED)

  6. justice (black)

  7. still talking with little movement….

  8. hiphopnewsmedia says:

    that’s deep

  9. Thanks Davey D, real talk. Passed along the word on FB & Tweets for folks to sign the Color of Change petition. Any idea of timeline on that?

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  11. Real deep….

  12. We’ve done much of nothing

  13. It’s just a damned shame people can’t make themselves availed of the facts. Take a minute, read the evidence. The reason this case has died down is obvious if you follow the case. The lawyers lied and engaged a publicist 5 days after Trayvon’s death. There are so many lies that they will never be righted. The truth was tragic enough – the divisiveness irreparable. Tracy and Sybrina present themselves as parents who worked together to nurture and raise Trayvon – did you know he didn’t live with either of them? He lived with his Aunt. It all starts there – political and monetary gain being the goal, not justice for Trayvon Martin or a man who simply defended himself and turned into a monster.

  14. Larry A. Singleton says:

    I used to get jumped in Junior High school by a “bunch of fucking niggers”. Apparently things haven’t changed much. I still remember being told by a black chick about the stigma of black kids not wanting to appear “white”. Maybe I was lucky. Thanks in large part to a kid named Dennis Overton who chose not to kick my ass even though there were about a hundred niggers egging him on I picked up and read Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin and Robert Bonazzi. And then Malcolm X by Alex Haley. And Rivers of Blood-Years of Darkness by Robert E. Conot, Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown. Clockers by Richard Price And The Man by Irving Wallace. To my shame I didn’t read Roots until I was in the Navy (which is about the time it came out I think) and Uncle Toms’ Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe until about ten years ago. Anyway, I’ve written a “Racism Speech” as part of my memoirs I’m passing to my kids whom I’m estranged from due to divorce. I’ve invited many people to go to my Facebook Notes to read it in the spirit of “dialogue” and have never gotten a response. I even sent it to all the “Black” newspapers in the Inland Empire and got one response…from somebody who totally missed the point.

    Apparently there are black “mobs” going into and robbing and terrorizing businesses and Not One Damn Thing is heard from the black community. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip. When I was in construction I can probably count on one hand how many blacks I saw working in the trades. These are jobs blacks should have fought for instead of allowing illegals to come and steal them. I guess they were too busy looking for cushy Public Employee positions. There are a LOT of blacks in government jobs.

    As far as I’m concerned this Treyon wanted to act like a thug. Like a nigger. And he got what was coming to him.

    My pet peave lately is those Audio Terrorists in their “Boomer Cars”. White, black or indifferent those inconsiderate scum should be dragged out of their cars and shot. And their cars burned.

    Rudeness seems to be encouraged in todays society. I was raised in the fifties and as rough an upbringing as I had I at least learned manners and to respect people. I was actually threatened by a bunch of cops in Rialto California recently for complaining about this problem one too many times at the city council meetings. I hear these lowlife scum everyday as they “drive by” my house and assault me with their noise. Our society had been emasculated and allowed to be taken over by bullies. People like Angela Corey and her fellow predators should be hung or put in a bag of cats and beat with a stick.

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  15. Larry A. Singleton says:

    “…Jordan Davis was shot and killed by a man named Michael Dunn who felt the unarmed teen was playing his music too loud.”

    These pieces of shit aren’t JUST “playing their music too loud”. They are PHYSICALY ASSAULTING whole communities. Playing music too loud is my neighbor who still won’t turn down his bass. These mother f-ing Audio Terrorists in their Boomer Cars should be ARRESTED for ASSAULT and BATTERY!!!! Here’s a “flyer” I pass around to as many people as I possibly can. Assaulting your whole community by “driving by” and literally pounding peoples walls and senses with their NOISE isn’t merely “playing your music too f-ing loud.

    AUDIO TERRORISTS

    Jihadis aren’t the only terrorists. We have these “Audio Terrorists” in their Boomer Cars who are plagueing our communities and destroying our quality of life and Peace and Quiet in every neighborhood in the country. They assault my home almost hourly on a daily basis. I can’t go anywhere in the city where I’m not being assaulted by them. While I’m eating in a restaraunt, walking down the street; everywhere. They’ve become an almost “constant” in our everday lives.

    One thing I’ll bet you don’t know and that’s that Darrell Issa is the Osama bin Ladin of these Audio Terrorists. Issa is somebody that should be put in a bag full of cats and beat with a stick. He’s the founder of Viper Audio and former chairman of the powerful Consumer Electronics Asociation, which uses its financial muscle to lobby against citizens trying to enact local ordinances protecting peace and quiet!

    He couldn’t do this if he didn’t have the help of our “representatives”; those “cowardly hand-wringers”, our local Police and City councils, (Like Lt. Manning and city councilman Mike Gardner here in Riverside CA.), who have given these punks their tacit approval and unconditional permission to bully and intimidate our communities and its citizens. (Or maybe “unconditionally surrendered” their constituents quality of life would be a better way of putting it.)

    I’m asking you to please, PLEASE watch the Pioneer video “Disturb” at Noise Off-org. Scroll down to the stupid looking guy on the screen shot above “Pioneer Disturb”.
    http://www.noiseoff.org/boomcars.php

    noiseoff-org/boomcars.php

    After you watch it tell me you didn’t want to reach through the screen and wring these punks obnoxious little necks. I’m asking you to please copy the following and pass the information out like religious tracts.

    Why is this tolerated now when I know for a fact this wouldn’t have been tolerated for even an instant in the fifties? I keep thinking of what my Dad would have done and what I would dearly love to do and I just seeth with humiliation and shame that I don’t turn these scum into roadkill. But if I do I know who’ll get arrested.

    Maybe it’s along the lines of why we push “1 for English” and progressively allow ourselves to get raped and abused on every other level. I call them the “symptoms”of the disease which is the decline of America.

    Here are some “ads”. They reflect the utter contempt that these companies and people like Issa, your city councilman and police have for Americans peace of mind. They’re actually making blatant, In Your Face advertisements saying F–k You to the American Public: Remember; they and their collaborators are saying this every time you’re assaulted by their noise.

    JBL: “Either we love BASS or hate your neighbors.”
    JL Audio: “Be Very Afraid.”
    Kicker: “You deserve a beating…Kicker’s loudest, meanest subwoofer ever!”
    Concept “When TOO loud is… …just right!”
    Lightning Audio: “Sonic submission.”
    Boss Audio System: “Turn it down? I don’t think so.”
    Cerwin-Vega Mobile Audio: “Shake the living, wake the dead.”
    Crossfire: “We’re louder…Deal with it!”
    Earthquake Sound: “The Meanest, Loudest, Most Powerful, Mother F— Amplifiers Money Can Buy!”
    Viper Audio: “Cold Blooded. Violent Fury and Multi-Channel Mayhem.”
    Orion High Performance Car Audio: “Be Loud. Be Obnoxious.”

    I read recently that one of these audio terrorists were shot. If I was on the jury I’d hold out for “self defense”; from being assaulted. To me the guys a hero. He just did what I wish I had the guts to do every time one of these scumbags “drives by” my house!

    I found myself confronting a couple of these scumbags in a Stater Brothers parking lot in Rubidioux. It turns out they worked there. I have no sympathy for them. None. I’ve complained to the city of Riverside who, like I say, could care less. Do you know what I do see? A Speed Trap they set up almost weekly in front of my house. Now that’s contempt.

    (I wish they’d start an “urban warfare” paintball game with acid filled paintballs, mark these social predator’s “Boomer Cars” and expose them for the deviants in society that they are.)

  16. Alexis S.D Graham says:

    larry a singleton. yes im black and not all of us are the same. so obviously you need to shut your pothole up because i dont agree. TRAYVON MARTIN DESERVES JUSTICE. And he will get it. Most WHITE people still live on racism so fuck off already

    • Larry A. Singleton says:

      Yes. And apparently you’re one of those dipshits who think I’m a racist because I use the word “nigger” apparently. “Most” white people aren’t racist as you seem to think. And you seem to do a lot of assuming or you didn’t bother to read my comment or go to my Facebook Notes and read my Racislm Speech. If you did you’d discover that I “own” the word nigger. It’s mine. It belongs to me. You can own your own nigger if you want…but you have to belong to a special fraternity. Like mine who consist of people who were confirmed nigger haters who have done a complete reversal and no longer judge people on the color of their skin. Apparently skin color is still an issue with you. Otherwise you wouldn’t have this “black thang” going on your website there and automatically wrap this whole Trayvon thing in the “I’m a victim” bullshit. “The shooter’s racist” because the thug happened to be black. And like I said in my Racism Speech like Muslims in this country blacks in general are doing a poor job cleaning up their own houses as the saying goes. I mentioned my getting jumped in Junior High and the thug mobs who raid businesses and terrrorize the owners and customers. Question; Are they playing on their color? Blacks used to play that game with me until I got wise. The black kids knew they scared the crap out of the white kids….because they were black! They’d even get close to you and play the thug in order to intimidate you with their blackness. You may not know what I’m talking about especially when I talk about “smell” as it related to the black kids I used to fight. Go ahead big mouth. Read my Racism Speech and give me an intelligent response. Otherwise shut YOUR pothole. And try to sound intelligent instead of giving this rambling no facts or issues tirade. And the term is “Piehole” I believe. Not pothole.

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