- Posted April 12, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
'We are all Trayvon Martin!'
At the 21 March Union Square Rally for Trayvon Martin, one of the signs read, 'We are all Trayvon Martin!' and that is the point.
Trayvon was Black and Zimmerman is White-Latino, but they were brought together as one in the terrible tragedy of racism in the United States of America. Reactions and opinions to Trayvon's murder were polarized and continue to be far apart.
In spite of this division, the nation as a whole was outraged at this crime and cried out for Justice. Americans at all levels of society came together. Teenagers, parents, workers, professionals of all kinds -- all clamoring for Justice!
Injustice occurs on a daily basis, and racial injustice in particular is a principal feature of social interaction. Yet, every now and then an event occurs that crystalizes the horror of our social reality. Somehow, it contains all of the markers that shout out what is wrong in the way we think as a nation, and the things we do to one another -- and that this has got to change. The murder of Trayvon Martin was such an event.
Weeks passed before the judicial system took action to begin the resolution of this particular wrong. Now a strong prosecutor in the person of Angela Corey presented herself, willing to attack the problem and seek relief for Trayvon, his parents and the American people -- in the name of Human Rights!
The prosecution of Trayvon's death will mark another step forward in the struggle for Human Rights.