I’ve never been to a rally before but I must say I was thrilled to be a part of the rally for Trayvon Martin in front of the Georgia State Capitol on Monday March 26th.
On the steps of the capitol, there was a sea of brown faces and not so brown faces alike, all with one common call for justice. I’ve seen rallies on television, but for the first time in my life I was one of the faces in the crowd chanting emphatically: What do we want? JUSTICE, and when do we want it? NOW!!”
It was hot, we were standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers, about 5 people passed out (I’m assuming because it was 78degrees and people’s bodies were overheating in those hoodies!!) They announced that there was a child that was separated from his mother, and every other person either had an Arizona Iced Tea and skittles in tote. There was hustle and bustle all around, but something about knowing that the stranger next to me shared my desire for justice was soothing. Little children were hanging on to their parents, blissfully ignorant of the magnitude of this; not quite understanding what their mommy and daddy’s presence represent.
One of the speakers challenged everyone under the sound of his voice not to let the situation just fade away once it is not “popular” or “trending” anymore. Too often we jump on the band wagon and get all gungho on a subject but then once the hype is gone it goes back to business as usual. Once George Zimmerman is arrested (or not) and once Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton get called away to something else, what will we do? There will still be a mother and a father living with the same ill fated reality.
I was talking to my best guy friend and he said:
“What people are missing is not JUST what happened, but WHY it happened. It’s because everyone in the country is raised to fear black men, until that issue is resolved, we’re not going to solve anything.”
What can we change to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again. We can not let Trayvon Martin’s death go in vain.
My boss and Founding Partner of F2 Communications made a PSA for Trayvon Martin, check it out:
My friend Stefanie and I filmed some raw footage behind the scenes as well:
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.