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Trayvon Martin gone forever, George Zimmerman goes free

14 Jul


    My prayers and concerns are with Trayvon’s Mother and Father after receiving the not guilty verdict from the trial of the shooter that killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. I especially sympathize with his mother, being a mother myself. I can’t grasp the idea of putting all that love, time and energy into a person and losing them just before they reached the start of their lives and approaching the path of young adulthood.

The Martin’s 17-year old son is gone and his life was wrongly claimed by another individual who chose to follow someone who happened to be an innocent, 17-year old child with no weapon and who was not guilty of any criminal activity. Trayvon Martin.

When I learned of the verdict, my first reactions were disbelief, shock and questions in my heart of “How?” “How could this be?”

Does our laws really override what is right when an innocent life is taken?

Are our laws designed to acquit the guilty and not give the innocent, the victims, the justice that is due to them?

It seems that is so.

Inside of court rooms, from what I’ve seen, reads the common phrase: “In God We Trust.”

In court rooms, where man made laws take precedent over God’s laws.

(If God were the judge in this case, in this trial, what would the verdict be?)

Trayvon’s death cannot be undone. It cannot be reversed. And George Zimmerman, the murderer of an innocent black teenager has been set free. As if he’s done nothing wrong. Due to his sentencing, I feel that he might believe that. Because laws have justified his actions.

What message does that send to the black youth? Particularly young black males?

That their lives don’t matter? That they can be hunted down and killed by anyone because of their skin color and dress code? Because of stereotypes? Misjudgments. Based on their appearance?

In Trayvon’s case, it wasn’t about race.

I want to believe that it wasn’t, so I can cling to the hope that I have for my son and nephews without worrying that their skin color will be an issue as they continue to grow up. But in this case, it was only about race. First. Before anything else.

Whether it was said or not.

Trayvon Martin was preconceived to be guilty, because he was black.

No matter how it’s said, the evidence is in what has taken place. An innocent black boy was killed and his killer walks free. The laws say one thing but now we’ve seen with our own eyes. We can’t deny the truth.

When I try to look at the details of this case with only my eyes, all I see is several events that could have happened to prevent the death of Trayvon Martin. One being, if the gunman, Zimmerman suspected that Trayvon Martin was guilty of more than defending himself against what might have appeared to a 17-year old boy, unarmed and not expecting to be confronted the way that he was, a possible lunatic or madman (since Zimmerman had no authority uniform or badge) someone looking to cause trouble with him. And not that it’s right or that he had a right to pull a gun on him in the first place…. but based on police training and tactics which Zimmerman believed himself to be, the police, while dealing with an unarmed kid, why wouldn’t he instead only do enough to restrain him and keep him from attacking or escaping until the proper authorities arrived?  Instead of shooting him in the chest to kill him as only a cold-blooded killer would. Determining the fate of innocent life. Which was what Zimmerman didn’t think Trayvon deserved a chance of. Life.

As if he knew for sure that he was guilty of anything upon approaching him in the first place.

Which comes off as far more than ill-will.

Still George Zimmerman was set free. A murderer set free. All because of a “stand your ground” law. A law that protects a person even if they are the ones to create the problem. If they are the ones to provoke another individual to having to defend themselves by “standing their ground.” Was Trayvon Martin not protected and covered by this same law? He lost his life, so he loses the case? Is that how our laws are designed?

You’d be surprised to find that there is much more than law  that is considered when making a decision or coming to a verdict in court cases. Theatrics play a part as well. Creating false imagery to go along with the stories is not unlikely and can prove to be effective.  In my opinion the Zimmerman we saw throughout the trial does not reflect the ones in photos. The photos that portrayed him when he confronted Trayvon Martin on the night of his death. He had put on much more weight, as it seems, to soften his appearance. 

When an innocent life is taken and the admitted killer is at hand for the wrongful death, I thought the proper procedure is to convict the guilty and deliver justice to the innocent. To protect society from further possible harm by this individual. That seems like standard operating procedure. Then other evidence might help determine, along with the crime, the length of the sentencing and the extremity of punishment one should face. But never should a killer, someone who has claimed an innocent life without probable cause, walk free.

That is what has taken place in the case of George Zimmerman as of July 13, 2013.

I really did think this was America.

If we have no value for the lives, the prosperity, well-being and complete upbringing of our youth, how can we believe we have and add any value or hope to the future? Which are our children. The world does not end at us. Sometimes it feels to me that’s the way that we live today.

Based upon our laws in the world, we never know which way a case may go or how it may end. With God’s laws they do not change and they mean what they say, as they are written.

In the bible it is written that “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Proverbs 16:4 reads “The Lord works out everything for His own ends—-“

This is where believers, we as black people in Jesus Christ find an undying hope that can’t be tampered with by the law of this world. We know and believe that God has the final say so. That He is a witness everywhere. To see what we may not have seen. What we don’t understand.

This is also the hope that Sylvia Fulton, Trayvon’s Mother expressed on Twitter after the verdict was released that George Zimmerman was found not guilty.

God is the highest authority. The highest judge and He will have the final say.


The 1st Annual End of the School Year Social

26 Jun

When I thought about children getting together and having a good time, the first thought was parties and gift exchange.

Since it is the end of this school year I thought it would be nice for them to get together on the terms of enjoying each other’s company. Their good time would revolve around them interacting with each other. In games of all sorts, outdoor activities, art and yes conversation! Kids have a lot to talk about.

It was great to see the mothers I know including myself together and celebrating the completion of not only a successful school year but a safe one. In knowing the impact violence has had on our youth in and out of schools. We are grateful.

The overall outcome was nice and kids in different age groups enjoyed themselves.
I hope to continue this event every year.

Let’s take it one year at a time!

Have a safe and blessed summer vacation!

With Love,