“A Song For Trayvon”
On March 26, 2012 At 7:43 pm
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At what looks like a memorial service for Trayvon Martin, a group of mourners have channeled their grief into a rap song. Martin is the handsome young 17 year old man who was gunned down by George Zimmerman in Florida when he went out to get a bag of Skittles during half-time of a football game.
The Rapper raps Trayvon’s supposed story and background singers sing. The lyrics are on YouTube, but the song ends with “No justice, No peace”.
The song demands justice for the young man and though I cannot find it in the lyrics, it sounds like one of the background singers is singing, “What’s a gun to a non-believer”, which puzzles me, because we do not know what Zimmerman’s beliefs are, unless I am misunderstanding her words.
Secondly, I am a non-believer, who does not own a gun and does not wish to own one. I am also a pacifist and agree with most of the message in their song for Trayvon. Lastly, I am a mother of two grown sons, ages 20 and 23, who are half-Black. I would feel the same pain if one of my sons went down to Florida to visit their father’s family and was killed by someone like Zimmerman, so I certainly hope I heard that line wrong.
However, despite my inability to understand that line, the message is clear. Trayvon needs justice served for what happened to him and it is a powerful song for justice, despite what I think, I heard with that one line. Such violence is abhorrent and a gun, pointed at anyone, is horrific, even to a non-believer, such as myself.
To compare the song lyrics to other findings about the case, Brad Johnson wrote an article on Alternet, called 20 Things You Need to Know About the Tragic Killing of Trayvon Martin. Johnson cites twenty things about the case to various news articles about Trayvon. The young man was apparently a good and intelligent kid, who supposedly made As and Bs in school. It is hard to comprehend how anyone could do such a thing to anyone, especially to a young man, who had so much life to live.
The NAACP wrote a letter to the Attorney General of the Justice Department and as a result, the Justice Department launched an independent investigation. A grand jury will review Trayvon’s case (video on site) and hopefully he will receive justice.
Even the woman on Young Turks called the Stanford police department “incompetent racist assholes” (2:10 mark). Young Turks say it maybe a civil rights case.
My only question is when did it become popular again, to do harm based on racial profiling, if it is true that is the case in Trayvon’s story? What is next? I only hope this is the last of such things, because this 17-year-old young man could have been anyone’s son. That is, anyone who is at least in a relationship with a Black person. I completely and greatly empathize with the parents and unfortunately, I find it difficult not to be bias in this case. I cannot help but to stand with the NAACP, Trayvon's family, and the Black Community concerning the shooting death of Trayvon, despite not being Black myself. However, my sons are half Black, so my strong feelings about what happened to Trayvon are just as justified as anyone else's, and it does not matter what colour my skin is or even that I am a humanist.
He was a handsome young man, whose life was cut short, by someone who may have shot him because he was Black. Not only that, the Stanford police may have let the man go, because the story was not the other way around. We will not know until the Justice Department does a full investigation and hopefully, Trayvon's family will see justice done.
Because I am bias in this case, as well as angry, I have remained almost silent on reporting any news on Trayvon. My heart goes out to his family and friends.