Black folk, Zimmerman was found not guilty for killing an unarmed black kid because of our short comings as a community, because of our disorganization as a people. Instead of marching down the street or changing the profile picture on your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter page, we need to support black businesses. Let’s talk with our pastors, spiritual leaders and teachers, and community activist and create a national directory of black entrepreneurs and small businesses (like we did during the 1950s, “The Negro Travelers ‘Green Book’). Economically we don’t control our communities, socially we don’t control our education, and we do not influence our politics. In the Jewish, Asian, and various European communities these same goals and agendas were obtained. Until we reach these goals as a BLACK COMMUNITY, we’ll always be victimized by law enforcement and the United State justice system. We’ll always have to worry about the safety of our children as they walk down the street, we’ll always have to worry about our fathers and grandfathers being shot to death in their homes, (Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. shot and killed in White Plains, NY) we’ll always have to worry about our mothers, daughters, and sisters being objective in cinema and mass media… And the list goes on. How many tragic examples do we need before we take control of our communities, how many males need to lose their lives before we wake up and realize who we are and where we are?
Don’t look at this message as Los playing the race card or looking for an excuse to talk about race. All I’m saying is, we as black people cannot continuously expect for other folk to have our best interest in mind, especially when it comes to our children (it takes a village to raise a child). My heart goes out to the Martin family this evening. While some of you black folk miss use your internet access to express your discontent for George Zimmerman and how much you want to kill him. Take the time to think about Trayvon’s parents, think about the justice system in this country and in your communities. Google the Chief of Police, district attorney, and Mayor where you live. Don’t be angry with George Zimmerman the man, focus on the institutions that consistently let us down.