TGATP Demands Justice for Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Although an Activist for many years, by the time I started That Girl At The Party, I had mellowed significantly.  I made a conscious decision to avoid heavier subjects and focus mainly on how to live a relaxing and healthy Life.  However, I was wrong to completely silence that vital side of myself.  Because there are times when a sitiuation is so aggrevious that I will not be able to look myself in the mirror if I do not weigh in.  The cold-blooded murder in Florida of the 17-year old Trayvon Martin by a racist, trigger-happy vigilante named George Zimmerman and the subsequent non-action on the part of the Sanford Florida police department, is one of those times.


Schwerner Chaney and Goodman


Mrs. Goodman


Fanny Lee Chaney


Trayvon’s murder evoked all kinds of emotions in me.  I cried and cried as I thought of his mother getting that call that her young son, who had so much promising Life ahead of him had been gunned down for no reason.  Then I cried some more for the thousands of African-American women, who have received that same call over the years.  I thought of Mamie Till, who back in August of 1958, received a call to Chicago from a Mississippi relative that her young son Emmett was not gonna make that train ride home.   Beaten, shot, burned and ultimately murdered by the KKK while visiting his family down South, Emmett was so disfigured  that he was totally unrecognizable. Mamie’s brave decision to have his casket open at the funeral so that, as she stated, “the world can see what they did to my son” helped ignite the Civil Rights movement.  I thought of Fanny Lee Chaney, Carolyn Goodman and Anne Schwerrner, the mothers of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Mickey Schwerner respectvely, who got those awful calls from Neshoba, Mississippi in that they would never see their brave freedom riding sons again.  My friend Micki made a documentary called “Neshoba” about those awful murders that got the ringleader finally brought to justice.  So I got to meet these amazing mothers.  But even 41-years later, the pain caused by the loss of their sons was still palpable.


Defacement the Death of Michael Stewart by Jean Michel Basquiat


Then I thought about all the cases of  Black men murdered after being racially profiled here in NYC.   I thought of my cousin Michael Stewart, a grafitti artist, who’s parents Carrie and Millard got the call after he was strangled to death by the police in 1983.  I thought of the mother of Patrick  Dorismond ,who got that call that her son, a father of two, had been gunned down.  I thought of meeting Saikou and Kadiatou Diallo, the parents of 23-year old Amadou Diallo, who got the call that their son had been shot 41 times for holding a wallet.  I remembered conversing with the incredible Iris Baez, who became a activist after getting that call that her some Anthony would never be coming home again.  He was guuned down by a cop after his football accidentally hit a police car .  I thought of Juanita Young picking up the phone and hearing that her unarmed son Malcolm, also 23, would never hug her again after being shot at point blank range.  I thought of Allene Person, who got the call after cops shot her 19-year-old son, Timur Person, in cold blood even though his hands were in the air.  My thoughts turned to Nicole Paultre-Bell, who got the call that she was going to have to cancel her wedding and start planning a funeral for her beloved fiancee, Sean Bell.  He was unarmed and senselessly killed in a barrage of fifty police bullets on the way from his bachelor party just hours before his wedding.  And I thought of Phyllis Clayburne, receiving the call that 19-year old Timothy Stansbury, was not coming home from the party he was attending. Timothy was working and studying and had recently made a film about too many guns in his neighborhood,  He was crossing a roof to get CDs for the party when an overzealous cop shot him in the chest.   Trayvon Martin is yet another in the never-ending line of young Black men, who never make it home.  His parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, received the call that legions of African-American mothers and fathers have had to needlessly endure.

I am sick to death of Black parents having to fight to have justice done when their sons are murdered for being Black.  Mamie Till died before seeing justice be done in Emmett’s case and so did Fanny Lee Chaney.  Many of the other victims’ families never received any justice at all.  And many others were paid off by the State as if that would somehow fill the bottomless void that will forever be in their lives.  It is time that this legalized lynching be stopped.  It is bad enough that Sybrina and Tracy had to bury their son.  It is unconscionable that they should also be out her fighting for justice in what is a clear case of racial profiling and murder by a self appointed vigilante!   And it cannot be defined in any other way.  I intend to stand for Trayvon because enough is enough.  Trayvon was a above average American kid just off to the shops for some Skittles and some Arizona Iced tea.  There is zero reason that he should not have made it safely home.  It is absolutely ridiculous that George Zimmerman the man that clearly killed him for no justifiable reason has not been arrested.

Arrest this Man!

I demand his immediate arrest.   It defies believe that Zimmerman’s lawyers are claiming self-defense.  He was clearly not justified and cannot claim self defense when he was following behind Trayvon.  It is blatantly clear that Zimmerman created and instigated the situation that, tragically and needlessly, resulted in Trayvon’s death.  Trayvon was NOT following Zimmerman or in any way engaging him.  While on the phone with the police, Zimmerman was clearly heard making racist generalized statements “like they always get away” and also appeared to say “f*#king coons” on the police tape!   Zimmerman also was clearly told that he did not need to follow Trayvon.  The mere fact that he was told that he should not follow Trayvon and yet chased him down and shot him, completely refutes any claims at self defense.  He was not in any danger other than that which he created for himself!  Zimmerman followed Trayvon and killed him simply because he was Black and in a hoodie.  He was not in any danger other than that which he created for himself!

And finally, Mary Cutcher and her roommate Selma Mora Lamilla, both eyewitnesses came forth and said that it was clearly Trayvon, who was crying for help and that they knew that it was not self defense.  Cuther further states that Zimmerman chased Trayvon while he tried to get home.  She also says that Zimmerman was straddling Trayvon’s body and then began pacing back and forth after shooting him!  And finally, Cuther claims that she had to keep pursuing the Sanford police, who were uninterested in taking her statement.  Again, I ask.  Why is Zimmerman still walking the streets?

Whether you feel, as I do, that this was as racist murder or not, it was still murder.  Letting this man go will set a dangerous precedent for every Floridian and every citizen living in the 21 states with these ludicrous “Stand Your Ground” laws.  Think of the implications.  If this fool is allowed to go free under this wacky statue, anyone could run into the street, start a scuffle, shoot an innocent person, then claim self defense!  Zimmerman needs to be in prison FOR LIFE for premeditated murder and these very flawed laws need to be overturned.    It’s bad enough that so many African-American men have been murdered after being profiled by the police.  It is unthinkable that we now are allowing ordinary citizens to take the law into their hands and start profiling and shooting people, as well!!  Again.  Enough is enough.  I am afraid to go to Florida now.

That Girl At the Party

I am a proud blogger of 11 years, Founder of Canappetit, PR person, Web and Cannabis Entrepreneur, Founder of the LTN Card, the Let Love Festival and the Henley Foundation, aunt to 12 and human to Bodhi and Yoko Rey

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