Trayvon Martin had his entire life ahead of him right until he crossed paths with the sociopath that is George Zimmerman who murdered Trayvon in cold blood.
The message that rippled from the court in Florida is that the lives of men of color are worth less in this nation. Living in a borough predominantly populated by people of color and being someone of color makes this pronouncement extremely disturbing.
The news came in just as we were wrapping up a screening of The House I Live In at the Bronx Documentary Center which is a powerful documentary film which explores the history of the War on Drugs which has disproportionately incarcerated men of color particularly African Americans.
The crowd tonight at the BDC was as diverse as this wonderful borough of ours yet the shock on folk’s faces and expression was the same. Disbelief. Disgust. Some even fought back tears or stepped out for a second because the combination of the film’s topic and the news of Zimmerman being found not guilty was too much to bear.
How do you feel about the verdict? Do you agree or disagree with it?