Monday, July 15, 2013

Democracy, Freedom and Equality, Really? Who are we Kidding! #OPINION

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I didn’t want to dive into this subject because it is broad and I definitely don’t have all the facts. The topic of discussion I would like to broach tonight is less about the T. Martin and G. Zimmerman case and more about the social impact. Everyone knows that Mr. Zimmerman was acquitted by a jury of women. No one was there that night but a dead black teenager and a free white man. The jury did their job based on the evidence and witnesses. Mr. Zimmerman was the only living witness. I am not quarreling with this indictment. Like most folk, I believe this case was the easy out. The jury ruled and yes they acquitted based on the law and evidence.

I want to speak to the broader issue at hand and not dust this matter off and sweep it under the rug. No Sir, I am asking that we as a society look inward and recognize the hypocrisy of this case. We stand for democracy, freedom and equality and yet a young black man did not have the right to walk to the store without the presumption of guilt. Regardless of what was the motivating factors for Mr. Zimmerman to ignore police instruction and stand down, the decision resulted in death. A young man died that was at the beginning of his life. Someone who was not given the opportunity to have children, marry or just live. My heart goes out to the family of this young man. If it had been my child, I would be devastated at this point. I pray for them and all of us. I pray that we all learn the true meaning of democracy, freedom and equality for all of our citizens black, white, red, yellow and brown. I pray we all recognize this as a right for all individuals and we realize it within each of our souls not just something that is truncated and excused by a jury's decision.

This should be an act of contrition.

Peace Diana
(c) Copywrite by Diana Mary Sharpton

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