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6 Months Later, Are You Still Working for #Justice4Trayvon

In Articles on September 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm

At the end of 2012, do we as a nation still have the same zeal and activism in play to correct the social, political, and civic wrongs that we faced through the conversations surrounding the Trayvon Martin tragedy?

Six months after the eruption of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, are you still wearing your hoodie?


It is a simple question with a powerful message behind it:


Are you still wearing your hoodie?


It has been six months since the height of the outrage behind the Trayvon Martin killing and the on-again, off-again nature of arresting George Zimmerman.  It has been six months since President Obama was pressed into making a comment on the tragedy. It has been six months since former Republican presidential candidates such as Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum criticized Mr. Obama on his “race-baiting” comments (of course, after controversial “race-baiting” comments of their own).  It has been six months since the Rev. Al Sharpton led protests down in Florida, much to the chagrin of conservatives nationally. It has been six months since some Black Republicans articulated why more Republicans and conservatives must get involved consistently and appropriately in the struggle for civil rights (especially for minorities) if they are going to shed the label of racist and the influence of the left over a growing voting bloc.


Yet, all of it is in vain if, in spirit, you are not still involved.


Proverbially-speaking, are you still wearing your hoodie?


Minorities in America have faced a growing slew of issues over these past six months. The Pennsylvania Voter ID law that has become a national fixation (and quite possibly struck-down law due to its implementation) was passed in March. The explosion of youth violence and death in Chicago took fire in the spring. Black unemployment officially remains over 14% nationally, with unofficial numbers towering over that rate for Black youth and other eligible Black workers in urban communities. The Supreme Court has ruled on Arizona’s SB 1070. President Obama has handed down an executive order this summer impacting droves of Latinos living in America. We have seen some speak out about the social conditions facing Black Americans and others, from the NAACP to pro-life advocates.


Yet, collectively in these critical political and social times, where are we? Do we still have our hoodies on?


Perhaps a better question is: do we still have our ears open and our thinking caps on?


The amount of activism surrounding the Trayvon Martin situation – and with it, the movement to learn the nuisances and inconsistent applications of “stand your ground” laws nationally – was supposed to spark young people and others to view the situation as a game-changing event. This was supposed to be the issue that sparked a movement of Americans (notably minorities and young people) to examine our collective involvement in the political and civic arenas and elevate our contributions, hoping to improve America in the process.


Well, have we?


Has the Trayvon Martin outrage towards the skewed prism of applying justice in America gone the way of the outrage towards the misogyny in our communities, highlighted by the 2011 gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Texas? Were these stories sparks to push a movement or news stories that ginned up emotionalism without ongoing activism?


Has the activism around the Florida-based case been enough to get young people involved in the political process in 2012 with a full understanding that, through expressing their voices via suffrage, they impact races for district attorneys and sheriffs alike? Is the driving force from #Justice4Trayvon limited to misguided incidents of vigilante violence and voting for President Obama in order to “stick it to ‘The Man’”, or does it have a deeper understanding and obligation towards civic involvement that has taken root?


Catch the whole article, “Where’s Your Hoodie?” on Politic365.

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