Tears Streaming Down My Face: The Trayvon Martin 911 Call
I was wrong. The 911 call about the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is the worst. I just listened to the recording and I am horrified. Tears are streaming down my cheeks as I'm writing this. You can hear poor Trayvon screaming, BEGGING FOR HIS LIFE.
And then the gunshots. And then the screaming stops.
Every mother I know who is an active consumer of social media--no matter what the color of her skin--needs to stand up and say that what happened to Trayvon Martin is wrong. Light Twitter up. Blog about it. Hell, y'all were outraged over kids in Uganda getting murdered and turned into child soldiers--how about you get angry about how black children on THESE SHORES are treated?
Sign the petition started by Trayvon's parents that calls for the arrest of George Zimmerman, the man who claims he shot Trayvon in self-defense. Self-defense my ass. You can clearly hear on the tape just who is screaming for help.
And remember, what happened to Trayvon isn't an isolated incident of black people trying to 'play the race card'. When we say that we are afraid for our children's lives--that racism is not something in the past that has nothing to do with you--don't brush it off. After all, the NYPD recently shot and killed an unarmed black 18-year-old in his apartment. The NYC police commisioner just said that the way to make New York safer from guns is for the police to be able to stop and frisk people on the street. And who will those people be, I wonder? The people who look "suspicious"? Gee--could they be black? Probably carrying a bag of highly dangerous Skittles--just like Trayvon.