- Posted March 22, 2012 by
LUMBERTON, New Jersey
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
MURDERED BY PERCEPTION
I find it so sad, that in the year 2012, a young black teenager can’t go to the store to buy a pack of skittles and a bottle of Ice tea and return home safely. Trayyon Martin was murdered simply based a on perception of him. The same perception that gets black men arrested tried and convicted. The same perception that gets black boys suspended from school, the same perception that denies us a job, a promotion or a raise, it is the same perception that would get us fired. The perception that define us as “suspicious, up to no good, because you’re wearing a hoodie, your’e looking for trouble? What if it was your son? How would you feel.
Why is it, that in 2012 we as African American still have to twist the arms of justice to move on our behalf? Why would a police department assume that a murderer is telling the truth and not conduct a proper investigation? Why, given the current evidence on the 911 calls, the murderer, who is a criminal, is still free to walk the streets and carry a gun. Is it still true today that a black man has no right that a white man is bound to respect? Is this the same perception that allow right wing media to show a complete disregard, total disrespect and contempt for the President of the United States? This nonsense has to stop. If we don’t get justice, there will be no peace.