The Real Outrage

Trayvon Martin Protest - SanfordAn outrage is an outrage, is an outrage.  Sometimes an event of tragic proportions has to happen in order for injustices to be brought to the surface.  Such a tragedy has recently happened in the senseless killing of Trayvon Martin.

It is not every day that a young man is killed because of candy.  It usually takes years for diabetes to kick in.  But Trayvon was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman because he went to 7-11 for candy at the wrong time.

Trayvon’s death however, will not be in vain.  Tuesday, the Martin family and other members of the Civil Rights Movement went before the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss racism in America.  It is only fitting that a body composed of only one race should hear testimony about racism.  Because nothing says, “Let’s end racism,” like an all Black Caucus.  Or maybe the activists didn’t feel the white caucuses were adequate and heard the Black Caucus was the biggest. In either case, their voices were heard.

I for one am happy that the issue of racism is once again in the spotlight.  It has been far too long that the African-American community has been silent about the epidemic plaguing their young men.  The epidemic of low self esteem.  Young black men have been burdened with the scourge of low self esteem for too long and the Trayvon case shines the light of truth onto their dark secret – no pun intended.

Think about it.  For years, black men have been killing each other by the hundreds and there hasn’t been a second of news coverage.  A Chicago-based civil rights activist rightly pointed out that over the weekend 10 young black children were killed in Chicago and President Obama made no speeches about them.  I hear you my brother.  Crimes committed by minorities are special too.

One can only imagine the pain felt by young minority men and women as they wake up and look in the mirror and know that if they kill or are killed by a minority, no one will care.  The sadness must be overwhelming.

According to the Los Angeles Times, 14 black males were killed in the Los Angeles area in the month of March alone.  I do not recall a million hoodie march for those poor souls.  No national media attention.  No Congressional hearing.  Think about how that must make America’s African-American population feel.  What’s next?  The media only caring about cute white children going missing?  When will America wake up?

I can only hope that the Trayvon killing will open America’s eyes.  Hopefully it will finally make people realize it is time to raise the self esteem of America’s minorities and tell them that their crimes matter too.