There’s not enough room to list them all on this page.
Trayvon has been dead for 8 years.
George has been dead since May 25 – not even 8 weeks.
Trayvon wasn’t the first.
George already isn’t the most recent.
Sharifa Stevens wrote about Trayvon and Joseph Kony 8 years at Why I Fear “Good” People: Trayvon Martin and Kony 2012
“What nauseates and scares me is the deafening silence from the masses concerning Trayvon Martin, our neighbor. It’s curious to me how easily 100 million people could see the Kony video, buying t-shirts and forwarding videos, and yet remain silent about the neighborhood watchman in their own backyard who shot an unarmed boy for carrying Skittles.”
Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. in his now famous, “Letters from a Birmingham Jail,” said,
• “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
• “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”
• “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
• “Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”
Sharifa is a good friend of a friend of ours from my time working for the kids in Haiti. If she has Tara’s seal of approval, that’s good enough for me.
Dr. King’s “Letters from a Birmingham Jail” is so packed full of wisdom and insights into the church and race and our country.
There’s a lot more to be said and a lot more to be done.
Think about it and I’ve got more to say as we attempt to move forward……
In the mean time, can we all try something?
Even in times of social distancing, I’m positive that all of us can realize two things:
1. That we’re all different. We all bring different experiences, stories and more to this thing called life.
2. That it’s possible to disagree with someone without hating that person or insulting them.
If we realize those things, the conversation about this could be a lot more productive and a lot less destructive.