And when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
but when we are silent
we are still afraid
So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive
Poet Audre Lorde reminds us in “Litany for Survival”, that healing and justice can only have their way when we as citizens speak up for what is right. By the end of this blog, I hope you decide to use your voice and speak out in the interest of our future.
About three weeks ago, seventeen year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed while walking back to his dad's home. Trayvon had just purchased a pack of skittles and an iced tea from a local establishment and was accosted by George Zimmerman, self-appointed neighborhood watch captain. Just minutes before, Zimmerman phoned the Sanford, Fl police department identifying Trayvon as “suspicious.” It was raining; Trayvon was wearing a hooded jacket, and was apparently walking too slowly for Zimmerman. The police informed Zimmerman to stay away from Trayvon, but Zimmerman did not take heed to police order and decided to follow, confront and ultimately shoot Trayvon in the chest, killing him.