What Have You Done For “Trayvon” Lately?

While the world is all a buzz about the Zimmerman verdict, let me pose this question: What do you do daily to affect and effect positive change? It is tragic that a child was murdered. However, laws are in place for this very reason. How many people can say that they vote in mid-term elections? Attend school board meetings? Write their state representatives about issues in their community? It’s unfortunate that it’s not until it’s too late that most people pay attention.

The truth is most of us, myself included, go day-to-day consumed with self. If it doesn’t impeded on our daily comforts then we turn a blind eye to many signs of injustice and inequality. More importantly, minority cultures lean on others to do their bidding for them. When was the last time you supported someone in your community starting a neighborhood watch? Maybe that goes against the NO SNITCHING “law”. How about, when was the last time you decided to educate your own child and not rely on a failing public school system to ensure their literacy was on or above grade level? I do not believe there is a law against teaching your child at home first and using the school as reinforcement, especially in cases where so many public schools are not making adequate yearly progress.

The thing about change is that it’s usually a slow and grueling process that most people DO NOT have the moral capacity or discipline for. It’s always convenient to hop on the band wagon and say, “Well, I did my part, I voted for Obama!” “I changed my profile pic to black during the Trayvon Martin trial and hashtagged #justiceforTrayvon.” “I wrote an open letter to my Facebook friends that opened a discussion about race relations in America.” How ignorant we are as a society, how lazy, how disappointing.

If your heart is heavy because of the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, let it be because somewhere along the way you realized that you lost sight of what it means to do the right thing, and I’m not talking Spike Lee. Please, if you know in your heart that you’ve done little to nothing to make your community a better place, if you can’t name your district representative, town or city mayor, school district superintendent and district attorney, step away from the mic. There will be a million more Trayvon’s and Zimmerman’s if the only thing we’re willing to do is talk about it on social media and continue the destruction of our own communities.

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