In a sincere and heartfelt statement, President Obama response to the verdict of George Zimmerman:
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that's a job for all of us. That's the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
Food for thought:
An excerpt from a fellow blogger's recent post:
Thousands of black children die every day. They die in our cities, growing up in fatherless homes, surrounded by a culture that promotes gangsterism as a substitute for true manliness. Only instead of dying at the hands of a Hispanic neighborhood watchmen, they die in the gutter, gunned down in cold blood by other black kids. They die and nobody demands justice, nobody takes to the street, nobody protests, nobody even blinks.
Certainly nobody asks that we have a discussion about why these boys are dying and what steps should be taken within their community to end the blood shed. They die. They die by the thousands. They die and the millionaires in the rap industry, who actively encourage the poisonous and deadly lifestyle that leads to their deaths, and profit off of it, have the audacity to act saddened when one solitary black teenager passes away somewhere down in Florida.
Thousands of black kids die for nothing — NOTHING — and the NAACP falls silent, Al Sharpton is nowhere to be found, no hash tags on Twitter or discussions on cable news. They just die and that’s the end of it. Did you know about this? Did you realize this was happening? I assume you didn’t.
My final thoughts on this tragic event in our history:
“Our Heavenly God, may you place your healing hands on the heart and soul of Trayvon’s parents as they continue to mourn the loss and immeasurable injustice that has been done to their defenseless and unarmed child.
May you instill in the hearts and minds of all your children, that within the flesh of our skin, “All woman, man and child, are created equal, in the eyes of our Heavenly Creator.
May Trayvon’s legacy help to cleanse the minds and souls of this current generation to teach us that Hate, Envy and Greed, is not the righteous path to reaching your salvation. For all of those who want to continue to fuel Anger and Hate, please have mercy on their souls!