Justice for Trayvon Martin
caines | 3/22/2012, 5 a.m.
Was Martin a victim of racial profiling?
I am saddened and distressed by the killing of an unarmed, 17-year-old high school student we have heard the expressions of outrage and the accusations of those who believe that that the killing was unlawful and may have been racially motivated, said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan. Meanwhile, grassroots activists, including Renita Holmes and Brian Dennis, say they plan to join the family in Sanford next Monday and hope to take a convoy to show they stand in solidarity with the victim and his loved ones who mourn his death. Trayvon Martin was one of our children and nothing warranted him being shot, said Dennis, president of Brothers of the Same Mind. The shooter should be charged with murder because he clearly knew what he was doing and hunted that boy down. Holmes, the founder of WAAIVE and a community activist, says she has enlisted the support of a growing number of Miamians, including Ronald Fulton, the uncle of the deceased youth, Clark Atlanta University Alumni Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the New Black Panther Party. They will be traveling to Sanford to camp out before Mondays city commission meeting. This is not a freedom ride its about unfinished business, she said. Black mothers and fathers have grown tired of burying their children. There are many in this state and in this nation who do not value the lives of young Black boys and girls. On Tuesday, Bishop Victor T. Curry, pastor of New Birth and the president of the Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP, used his Tuesday Talk radio show to allow citizens to vent and share their views on the Martin shooting. We need as many voices out there as possible to speak out, he said. As to the Stand Your Ground Law, we really need to have Eric Holders office look into this law and determine whether the shooter has a viable claim of self defense. In the past, we have been more successful when the Attorney Generals Office gets involved as opposed to officials from the state or local levels. Nothing has changed here in Florida. The same issues and challenges that Black men face each day continue in Miami-Dade, Broward, West Palm Beach and across the U.S. no one should be surprised but we should outraged. As for the father of Trayvon Martin, he says race still matters. If my son, a Black youth, had shot a white man, we would be talking to him from behind a glass window in jail instead we found ourselves burying our little boy, he said. A Peace March rally in support of the family of Trayvon Martin will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at 5 p.m. The march will begin at Sherdavia Jenkins Peace Park, NW 62nd Street and NW 12th Avenue. By D. Kevin McNeirkmcneir@miamitimesonline.com