Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Justice for Trayvon

Our country is seemingly split down the middle on the issue of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, and the not guilty verdict for Zimmerman has led to the eruption of riots, break ins, flag burning, and other types of disorderly conduct. The people who are protesting are doing so under the slogan of “Justice for Trayvon.”

To be fair, Trayvon was not murdered; a jury found that Zimmerman shot him in self-defense after Trayvon had Zimmerman on the ground, straddled him, and spent at least 45 seconds bashing his head into a sidewalk. A witness who called 911 corroborates the story, and Zimmerman’s severely damaged (if not broken) nose and lacerations to the back of the head also add up. Zimmerman probably should have stayed in his car, but he never broke the law by getting out.

But the fact of the matter is that Trayvon Martin is dead at only 17 years old. The natural sentiment is that it is a shame when someone dies so young—they have their whole lives ahead of them. The other thing that has caused pulses to rise is that Martin was black, and the fact that he was shot has led leaders in the NAACP, Black Panthers, and other civil rights leaders to call for continued action in light of this “hate crime.”

Trayvon has become the face of injustice committed towards black people. In my opinion, if you want real justice for Trayvon, if you want to end the senseless killing of black people, then we need to talk about abortion.

Did you know that abortion is the leading killer of black people? Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, AIDS has claimed the lives of approximately 203,700 black people in this country. 306,300 black people have died in violent crimes (93% of the time the killer was also black), while another 370,700 have died in accidents. Cancer has claimed the lives over 1 and a half million, and another 2 and a quarter million have died from heart disease.

Are you ready for this next one? 13 million black babies have been aborted since 1973; that is more than heart disease, cancer, violence, accidents, and AIDS COMBINED! In fact, all the others add up to just over 4 million, only a third of the number of aborted babies.

Like with Trayvon Martin, these babies have their whole lives ahead of them; we should be outraged that their short lives are snuffed out. We keep hearing that Trayvon was "minding his own business," but who is more innocent than the ones in the womb?

By ending abortion we would wipe out the leading cause of death for black people. Those 13 million are the ones I want justice for.


Stephanie Bentley said...

Awesome! Well said.

Tommy Mann said...

Thanks Stephanie!

Kristen S said...

Great post, Tommy.

Nikki said...

This is great.