By: Namisata Soumahoro
"I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was, I thought he was a little bit younger than I am and I didn't know if he was armed or not." - George Zimmerman
I am not sure how a parent, sibling, or acquaintance of Trayvon Martin should take that apology. Not being any of the aforementioned, we may have a hard time even contemplating that an apology would cut it when I rethink the facts:
$150,000 bail and 11 days in detention
It took 46 days to arrest and charge Zimmerman of second degree murder
It seems that the media did a pretty good job covering the story so let's see the story from another angle:
From a mother's perspective, I can only imagine the pain endured by a parent who had planned for their son to graduate high school one day, maybe go to college, and witness him becoming a man.
From a sister's perspective, I can only imagine the voice you must feel not having your sibling to argue with on a daily basis... the everyday disagreements seem so petty all of a sudden, don't they?
From an aunt perspective, I can only imagine the despair of not being the person he confides in or seeks advice from.
From a daughter's perspective, I can only imagine...
How far imagination can take us in this case?
Now imagine being over the phone with your boyfriend just before the tragedy took place.
All we can do is imagine...
There are no words to describe how outrageous the whole story is. Basically, it's okay to shoot a 17 year old, provided he is colored - and probably scheming - and walk free for over 40 days, not being arrested or charged.
Self-defense would be the excuse in this case...
We could be related to any Trayvon in this world. We are not... yet. But this could happen to any of us or our relatives.
We have witnessed this so many times, how much longer shall we just stand there and not organize - not burn & loot - ORGANIZE so that we can prevent it from happening again. I am thinking, maybe we should allow the family mourn their son, brother, nephew.... and take the fight upon us, because fight there is!
"Until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race" ... We've been warned, told and sung to.
I guess it might be the right time. Brainstorm. Organize. Anything. This. Just. Needs. To STOP!