He’s not just another invisible black man

I’m taking today to raise my voice, and your awareness if you have not yet heard, about the tragic death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.  Martin was shot last month by 28 year old George Zimmerman, returning home from a visit to Miami.  Although Martin was not armed, Zimmerman is claiming self-defense, and has not been charged with a crime, nor has he been placed under arrest. Martin’s parents are convinced that because Martin was Black and Zimmerman is White, the police botched, disregarded, and mishandled the investigation. Although a case of people of color being mistreated by the justice system is nothing new, I urge you to not be desensitized by what you see, hear, and personally experience.  Behind this story, is a real family, real human beings, and a young life, senselessly, taken away. The life of another one of our men has been taken way.  Be it the streets, the jails, or the justice system, my heart hurts when another one of our brothers is stolen from us.  This family deserves dignity.  Trayvon deserves justice.  It is not a privilege, it is a right.  Our people matter.  We are not statistics.  We are not headlines. We are not invisible.