The murders of Ezelle Ford, Trayvon Martin, and Mike Brown are sadly all one in the same. Of course the variables are different, but they all have the same common denominators. That common denominator is color. After all the years of physical and mental bondage, protest, marches, boycotts and treaties, being one of brown skin is still a crime. The African American is still not free. We obviously aren’t equal and the publicized race factor is what keeps us divided as a people.
On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. Although the dispatcher communicated to Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, he did so anyways and Trayvon was killed. Because of the “Stand Your Ground Law”, Zimmerman didn’t serve one day in jail. My question is what exactly did he stand his ground on? The dispatcher clearly told Zimmerman not to pursue Trayvon. Had Zimmerman followed those instructions Trayvon would still be alive. Again, the African American is still not free. We obviously aren’t equal and the publicized race factor is what keeps us divided as a people.
On August 11th, 2014 Ezell Ford was stopped by the police for an “investigative stop” on the 200th block of 65th Street in South Los Angeles. Supposedly a struggle occurred, but the end result was Ford’s demise. Witnesses say that Ezell was lying on the ground unarmed on his stomach when he was shot four times in the back. Where is the justice? Honestly, I’ve read about countless situations like this throughout my lifetime and it almost always ends with a black life taken. Meanwhile, the assailant is suspended with pay and without time served. Again, the African American is still not free. We obviously aren’t equal and the publicized race factor is what keeps us divided as a people.
On August 9th, 2014 Michael Brown was slain in the streets and was left on exhibition for hours. Witnesses say that Michael Brown was unarmed an defenseless with hands up when Officer Wilson shot him to death. The shooting still to this date has caused unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and has led to racial tension between the majority-black community and the majority-white city government. Because of civil unrest, The National Guard issued a curfew for the residents of Ferguson stating, “We just want to keep the peace. My question is: what peace? An 18-year-old college bound black male with no criminal background was shot to death by a caucasian police officer while unarmed. Again, I must reiterate that the African American is still in 2014 not free. We obviously aren’t equal and the publicized race factor is what keeps us divided as a people.
After all these years African Americans still have to tip toe behind the wall.
Rest in peace to all those killed by those who have taken the oath to protect and serve. May God bless us all with mercy and insight.
I dedicate this song, The Picture to our fallen -J Jig