Justice Denied for Trayvon Martin

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 Justice for Trayvon Denied:  Renewing the Fight Against Racism

Democratic Socialists of America joins the broad civil rights and progressive community in expressing its outrage at the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin.  Only an insane, ALEC-inspired “stand your ground law” combined with the racist assumption that African Americans automatically pose a threat to anyone’s person and property enabled George Zimmerman to be acquitted. In the law of most other societies, the armed party would have been responsible for “standing down” and avoiding an altercation with an unarmed party.  But in the United States, an unarmed black teenager, walking in his father’s neighborhood, is viewed by all too many as a threat to an armed vigilante who not only initiated the deadly encounter, but stalked the victim.

If the “stand your ground” law and a lax prosecution enabled George Zimmerman to get off, this is clearly one in a long series of cases in the United States where racist laws and true justice fail to coincide. George Zimmerman’s words to the police dispatcher –who urged him to stand down—ironically summarized what many of us see to be the outcome of the trial:  “Fucking punks; these assholes always get away.” Indeed, George Zimmerman got away.

DSA urges its members to join protests against the verdict and “stand your ground laws” and to redouble our efforts to fight against racism, including the outrageous “New Jim Crow” prison-pipeline laws that subject hundreds of thousands of prisoners of color to absurdly long sentences for minor, non-violent drug law violations. We also join the NAACP in urging the United States Justice Department to indict George Zimmerman for violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin. “Walking while Black” should not be a cause for armed citizens to harass and confront – and then murder – unarmed persons of color.

Statement of the Democratic Socialists of America National Political Committee, July 14, 2013

2 Responses

  1. This verdict acquitting Zimmerman, at first I thought, maybe there’s something I wasn’t privy to that made it thus, but then I considered my personal experience and recalled the event itself and what actually took place, and then I absolutely broke down and cried for Trayvon Martin, his family, as well as Troy Davis and his sister after his execution that should not have happened, and the Florida woman abused by her husband who fired a gun not at him, but at the ceiling, and she is doing decades in prison, essentially for trying to protect herself, and the far too many, the countless many, people of color caught up in the same racist in-‘justice’ system and being white, I feel ashamed that I feel so bad for these folks, but these poor people LIVE these devastated lives.for which no actual wrong to another has happened at their hands and as such, this is just so wrong. Who am I to think of my suffering over this, when, for me, it is vicarious, not that my childhood of firsthand abuse doesn’t connect me somewhat, still, only because I’m white is it likely I’ll not have to go through this system of rampant abuse. And to those dillweeds who say black people have more criminal types, I can only tell them where to go, because they aren’t even thinking straight and considering minority members likelihood of having a greater ratio of criminals than the majority.white people.
    I’m going to write Trayvon’s family and give my condolences, sign every petition I come across over this verdict, as it makes me so sad, cuz it is just wrong that Trayvon was killed for no reason, murdered in his own backyard basically.

  2. What were Randy’s tears was for me a revived, longstanding fear of mine from year 1992 when my then 18 year old son (Mex./Am.) and friend (African/Am.) entered a predominantly white neighborhood Circle-K Market late at night. Immediately, the latter was targeted by the clerk, who accused him of stealing something. In his silent rage and expressively dangerous solidarity, my son flipped open his jacket, and sunk a chip bag inside, against his chest – knowing full well cameras were recording, all. A long argument occurred between all. Miraculously, both kids arrived home safely.

    Watching Travon’s father first day of the Zimmerman’s Jury trial did finally bring me to tears as I recalled bits of that long ago, late-night and a heartfelt race relations education I had to impart – most important, about what was beneath the counter – so that son and friends might be more watchful in order to get themselves home safely in the future. I held a long watch over Mr. Martin while my heart ached with an immense sorrow – and more tears.

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