The Tragedy that Grips America
Posted By: Ibrahim Siddiq on March 28, 2012 |
Author's Note: The following is an excerpt from our blog post at geerstreet.com
Trayvon Martin . . . George Zimmerman . . . A firestorm of indignation and shock bringing back memories of a time when **** a non-white person meant little or nothing.
The tragedy is that Trayvon was unarmed and George was . . . The tragedy is that whatever took place between the two men resulted in Trayvon’s death . . . The tragedy is that the police apparently mishandled the case from the beginning . . . The tragedy is that some states have a law where a citizen can “stand your ground” as if this is the old west and frontier . . . And more “information” continues to surface . . . The tragedy is that in reality BOTH men were victims of racism.
The fact of the matter is Trayvon could have been Black, Hispanic, Asian, even White . . . And George could have been Black, White, Hispanic, or Asian, . . . The confrontation could have been between two young ladies . . . or a policeman and a motorist . . . etc., etc., etc. . . .
A confrontation between two humans in America in an environment where the slightest provocation would result in possible death or injury . . . for one, or both or others not even involved in the problem.
The tragedy is that America is continuing along a path of degeneration where individuals crash into each other with a momentum of animosity and conflict rather than acknowledgement and co-existence.
The land of the free and the home of the brave . . . The melting pot is boiling over into a stew of confrontation, suspicion and **** . . .
There was a movie a few years ago – CRASH – a dramatization of how our lives are so intertwined and how in so many cases that fabric is sewn with conflict . . . . It appears now that our lives have indeed begun to imitate art . . . or have we just descended into something less than what we should all aspire to?
Maybe we all do need a spiritual re-awakening . . . whatever our belief system may be . . . but if it calls us to regard our fellow humans with enmity . . then maybe we need to re-think what we really believe.
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