I remember being shocked and outraged by the original story–an unsuspecting mama is accosted by a couple of African American teens and her baby is murdered .
When the story re-surfaced meme-style as a defense for racism and murder I left it alone. I thought–tragic, but the assailants were charged.
Then my fellow child advocate, Miranda Yonts posted very quiet updates on the story.
It seems that there are other suspects in the case–the baby’s parents. Both tested positive for gunshot residue.
When you go back to the original story something stands out–the original suspects were tagged based on truancy records. Mama says–two black teens and the system finds two black teens. They might be guilty of nothing more serious than skipping school.
Four suspects. A terrible story. Who do you believe?
The money quote from a middle-aged white lady in Florida:
“she did not think the shooting was racially motivated and that Zimmerman would have reacted the same way to someone of any race.”
C’mon people tell me you understand why that is freaking scary.
Not just for Trayvon.
Not just for his gated community.
Not just for Florida.
But for all of us–his neighbors.
My heart aches for Trayvon’s family. A guilty verdict would not have summoned him back.
That is what a parent wants when their child dies.
They don’t care where the jewelry came from, they go over and over and over everything that happened… they wish they could have a do-over.
A do-over: keep Zimmerman’s ass in the car…convince the boy to stay home and play a video game…something…something that would have kept him alive.
No jury can do that. No judge can raise the dead.
Which is one more reason for all of us to mourn.