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#HoodiesUp: Justice For Trayvon
Posted on July 17, 2013

My heart has been real heavy for the past few days. To know that human life - Black life isn't valued in this so-called "Land of the Free" is infuriating and to be quite frank it's scary. My father, uncles or friends could be followed and shot dead just for walking home in a hoodie on a rainy night to watch the game. People have been trying to avoid the elephant in the room throughout this whole ordeal when we all know what it's really about. Racial profiling is real. Too many innocent men have been stopped, harassed or they've had their lives cut short because somebody automatically assumed they were dangerous. When the  verdict came back as an acquittal on Saturday night, my heart dropped and all I could do was cry.

I was angry and I still am. I'm sad and I'm scared because that could've been one of my male friends walking home from the store. My baby brother is only four now so we can still watch his every move to make sure he's not in danger, but what about 13 years from now? He'll be the same age Trayvon Martin was. Maybe he'll wanna walk to the store to get snacks to eat during the All Star game. I'm afraid for him. I'm afraid for all of our fathers, brothers, uncles, spouses and cousins because apparently neighborhood watch is allowed to get out of their car after being told by the 911 operator he didn't need to do so and shoot a teenage boy dead. Somebody's child is dead for nothing and nobody has paid the price for it. 

The last few days have been heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. People all over marching and signing petitions to ensure justice is served for Trayvon so this won't continue to happen to innocent young men who look like him. I hope and pray that justice is served in due time and that the entire system takes a turn for the better and justice is served equally for everyone. 

Rest in peace, Trayvon. We will never forget you. It's a shame you had your life taken from you when you had so much to offer to the world. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Fulton-Martin family. I can't fathom having to deal with a loss and go through all they've gone through and still have no peace of mind or justice. It will probably never make history books because they're filled with half-truths, but once my little brother is old enough to understand, I will explain it to him. If I have children, I will tell them about this too.

If you would like to sign the NAACP's petition in support of the letter written to the Department of Defense to file a civil rights suit against George Zimmerman, you can text "justice" to 62227 or visit their website and sign it here. Below are a few links if you would like to lend your support in other ways:

This is for Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Kendrick Jackson and all of our brothers, friends, cousins, spouses, fathers, etc. who have been automatically profiled by society as "dangerous thugs" based solely on the color of their skin and/or how they dress. We cannot and will not continue to let this happen. They deserve the right to walk home in peace. Hoodies up! 

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