Trayvon Benjamin Martin born February 5th, 1995 – perished February 26th, 2012
Emmett Louis Till born July 25th, 1941 perished August 28, 1955
Oscar Julius Grant III born February 27, 1986 perished January 1, 2009
These young men are part of a hideous history of violence against people of color – children in our communities, murdered because they were African-American. This nation, this diverse nation of ours harbor tales of mass lynching, cross burning, assassinations of prolific leaders slain in the prime of their lives. Today, “A Touch of Grace,” pauses to reflect on lives lost at the hands of predators against equal rights for all.
The injustice behind these deaths is a potent reminder of where we’ve been and where we are today. Our judicial system seems a breeding ground for racist who walk among us each day, hating who we are; despising us for not being white. Our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents lived during a time where water fountains and bathrooms were marked “Colored & White,” as if we were beneath them to even use the same facilities as them, as if our blackness would rub off of us and onto them in swimming pools.
This is why we must utilize education to understand the laws of this land, why we must be smarter than the laws that are used as scapegoats by the cowardice racist that hides behind them. These three young men will never know a future because they were slaughtered and will never see it unfold, never see who they could’ve been.
Each of these senseless murders should serve as a catalyst that forces us to rise and be part of the solution, as opposed to the problem. Behind prison bars we can do nothing, so let us be better than that.
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