by Shauntrice Martin
When I was a freshman in college, Louisville Metro Police officer McKenzie Mattingly shot an unarmed Black teenaged boy named Michael Newby. The case was investigated, only to bring back a charge of justifiable homicide. The officer was on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
That was almost a decade ago.
Last month George Zimmerman, (who law enforcement expert Rod Wheeler thought to be drunk at the time of the incident), maliciously stalked and gunned down a 17-year-old boy named Trayvon Martin.
- 911 callers reported that Trayvon was screaming for help and pleading for his life. (Listen for yourself here).
- The FBI, along with other organizations, have stepped in to conduct their own investigation.
- George Zimmerman violated the rules and regulations of the Neighborhood Watch manual and does not belong to any of the registered Neighborhood Watch Associations.
- Zimmerman has not been arrested or formally charged.
- Zimmerman was not tested for drugs or alcohol, even though that is the proper procedure for homicide investigations.
- According to an article from Dissenting Justice and WFTV, the officer (Raimondo) involved had a history of racist behavior. Raimondo previously failed to arrest a white man who severely beat a homeless Black man in Florida.
- Basically, this dude Zimmerman murdered an innocent young man and disrupted an entire community. To date, Trayvon Martin has not received justice. Neighbors testified that Zimmerman was “fixated…on young, black males.”
Honestly, until we go Nat Turner on the proper parties, this will not stop. I hope yall didn’t think Obeezy was going to protect us from racism. If Zimmerman was black and Trayvon was white, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. Trayvon cried out for help over and over until he was silenced by Zimmerman’s hatred. Some people have decided to send empty bags of Skittles to Chief Bill Lee (Sanford Police Station 815 West 13th Street. Sanford, Fl 32771). Some people will come together in a prayer vigil.
What is “our” dear president doing? What are “our” celebrities doing? The better question is: what are WE going to do about this? I am so tired of this and it really makes me want to cry. I think about whether or not I want to bring a child into this world. I think about my students. My niece. I am tired of my people missing out on justice. Most of all, I hope people realize that there will never be justice as long as our former slave masters are in power. This system is a joke and we deserve better.
Shauntrice L. Martin is the director of the Justice Resource Center and long time youth advocate. Shauntrice has taught in Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, and the Dominican Republic. She is originally from Louisville, Kentucky and currently works with youth to sustain social justice movements in the District and beyond.