I am not even slightly surprised. I expected this outcome before jury selection. I have zero faith in the American criminal “justice” system when it comes to Black folk in America.
The police arrest Black children at school for things that white children get detention for.
The police beat…
People are pissed about others suggesting folks educate themselves. When is education a bad thing? When is education about the law, the justice system, your rights and how to stay alive ever a bad thing? When is education about the disparities of “justice” in action for whites vs Blacks not beneficial? Why should the suggestion that parents/elders arm their children with the knowledge of how to survive interaction with law enforcement be insulting? Parents must now teach their children how to survive interactions with Zimmermans.
Education ain’t the problem. Understanding reality and learning how to survive in the face of our current reality isn’t the problem. To survive in our current reality, the responsible thing to do as adults is to make sure that our kids learn from injustices against Black people, so they know how to get home safely at night.
Another precedent was set… an unjust precedent. It seems Trayvon did what many of us would have done: he tried to get away, he called someone to alert them of the danger he felt he was in, then (when cornered) he defended himself. Florida said that wasn’t enough. Parents now have to tweak the common sense model to further their attempts to protect their kids.
It ain’t right, fair, or just; but, it’s necessary.
Be angry! Be scared! Be energized to fight for change! But, arrogant, cocky, condescending emotionalism and calls to riot/fight/commit murder/etc isn’t going to save our children’s lives. Shaming people for trying to save our youth through education isn’t helpful. I’m not talking about high school or college, I am talking about knowing how to survive in a hostile world.