Destructive Ignorance in St. Louis and South Florida and the Unfulfilled Potential of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman
Then reality sets in and they drive back home to O'Fallon and turn on the burglar alarm. My city will never reach its full potential as long as we continue to be one of the nations most racially segregated places. I truthfully would rather have a nuclear bomb dropped on my head than raise children in such a ridiculous climate centered in thinking like this is still the 1960s.
I don't have children at the moment, but I most definitely won't raise my children in St. Louis when I do have them. In Chesterfield, my son or daughter could easily be Trayvon'ed with no remorse. The inner city has crime issues the mayor chooses to ignore. So what self-respecting parent fighting for his family's well being doesn't want to live in a neighborhood that has maximum safety and developmental resources. This is the new America, and Blacks have the same educational opportunities as whites. There are plenty of holes in the system and the playing field still isn't leveled. But I have faith that if a person is willing to work hard and create opportunities for herself, nothing is impossible.
With this being said, blacks are moving into the suburbs and working the same jobs as white buddies. We are attempting to normalize ourselves in this society. The president is black? No big deal. A black family attending the same church as you? No big deal. Missouri: this is not the Jim Crow era. Hip-hop is helping kill a lot of this foolishness and the next generation will hopefully fulfill the potential promises of greatness our parents were too scared to honor. Trayvon Martin was born a member of the generation striving to do better than our predecessors when it comes to issues such as this. Zimmerman -- an older guy from the previous class -- didn't see it this way for whatever reason. Zimmerman profiled Trayvon while I'm sure Caucasian kids in Martin's age bracket from the same neighbor know the difference between a kid eating some skittles and a menacing house burglar.
Regardless of how you feel about the scenario, let's face the facts: This moron chased a sixteen year old kid down, got into a fist fight with him and shot him. Zimmerman is a damn idiot. First of all, no sixteen-year-old kid that you're following to begin with should be able to throw hands and whoop a grown man's behind. He deserved that hand-to-hand beating. He went heads up man-to-man (well, correction: man-to-boy) against a teenager and got dealt with. When the fight got too real he shot him dead in cold blood. He actually got off easy when you consider what could've happened. If Trayvon Martin actually had the strength of a 30-year-old man this might have ended differently. You cannot follow a innocent person with a damn gun and expect nothing to happen. I'd throw this guy in jail for being a damn idiot. Aside from his ignorance I feel sorry for his family and the predicament they are now in.
Trayvon died too soon like so many of the young men before him. We live in a world where everyone thinks he is John Wayne. We walk around with guns and we shoot anything moving. Zimmerman sat in court during his bond hearing as a shell of his former self. Whether the law convicts him or not he will live the rest of his life as a murderer. The decision to maximize your true potential rest solely on your shoulders.
Trayvon's choice to partake in the same self-discovering journey was snuffed from him far too early. Allowing ourselves to be influenced by bigotry and hatred damages our ability to bring positive change into the world. In the artistic community so many people seem to sit idle ignoring their potential. I wholeheartedly believe if our world will change then the musicians and artists of our world will serve as the beacons of light. This is why it's so drastically important for us to understand our potential. We should continue to fight like bats out of hell to protect this potential.
This was written in honor of a young kid who probably made the same mistakes I made his age. He was just an American teenager not really having a worry in the world. He probably never for once thought he would die like this. This is a sad story, and while I share empathy for Zimmerman's family I also realize only one person in this scenario is sleeping in a grave. Only one person in this situation is dead as a doorknob. Trayvon was murdered, and we must continue to destroy ignorance in all forms or we are indeed no better than Zimmerman.