That verdict pierced my soul. I was floored and the only word I found was wow. In case you’ve been under a rock, I’m talking about the verdict George Zimmerman received. He was found not guilty of killing a young African American male who was walking home from a store run.
Seventeen year old Trayvon Martin is a household name now. It’s unfortunate that we learned of him this way. But I have reason to believe that everything can work together for our good if we let it.
For the Black community, it should be a wake up call.
It’s a call to be proactive.
It’s a call to stop reacting and start planning ahead.
It’s a call for us to teach our children thoroughly about our history.
It’s a call for is to love our heritage, our skin tones and our perfect being.
It’s a call for us to stop be ashamed of who we are.
It’s a call for us to have pride in ourselves.
It’s a call for us to be wise and knowledgeable about the world we live in.
Our history is overflowing with us reacting to injustices and mistreatment. We need proactive measures in place in order for us to see change.
Here are examples of ways that you can be proactive:
Inspire someone younger than you.
Learn your history.
Support black businesses and entrepreneurs.
Educate yourself on laws like “stand your ground” and politics.
Be an example.
In this day and age marches and walks are supportive yet reactive. Ever heard the phrase “The revolution WILL NOT BE TELEVISED”? Do you know why it won’t be televised in the media pumped world? Because it begins at home behind closed doors, it begins in our minds, it begins in our hearts. It’s our daily actions and teachings.
I’ll leave you with the words of the great Bob Marley:
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery; None but ourselves can free our minds. Have no fear for atomic energy, ‘Cause none of them can stop the time. How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look? Ooh! Some say it’s just a part of it: We’ve got to FULFILL the book.
Keep pressing and break the chains.