reblogged from Umkhonto we Sizwe! (Spear of the Nation)
Please read this article in completion brothas and sistas, so You can See for Yourself how Trayvon Martin is being ridiculed, mocked and made fun of even though he was murdered in cold blood, even though he was innocent, even though he was not guilty of any crime….interesting indeed that even in death Our children are still being tormented, insulted and tainted. For those of you who do not live in the West, this is Your Wake Up Call. FYI: This is Not the “land of milk and honey” and Black people here do not live in “paradise”.
We struggle to protect the lives of Our families and children just as much as other Afrikan people in various parts of the world do. The fact remains that Being a young Black child anywhere in the world means that you will have to be protected, nurtured and loved by your family, your extended family & your community, because this is not a job that Black parents should ever have to do by themselves. Our children are under consistent and unrelenting attack, and the sooner we realize that we must create a protective circle of sincere, loving and concerned family & community members around them, the better off ALL our lives will BE. Until then….please Ensure that Our children are Safe in the hands of All those who you entrust to care for them.
Following in the footsteps of other ridiculous pose trends like planking and owling, this has to be the most disturbing and disrespectful of them all, it’s called Trayvoning.
No matter what side of the fence people stand on regarding George Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, we thought there was one thing that was understood across the board: His death was a tragedy. That obviously isn’t the case now that a new trend is popping up on Facebook and the web mocking the 17-year-old’s murder.
Pics are popping up all over the Internet of teens—all white from what we’ve seen so far—laying on the ground in hoodies as though they’re dead with a can of iced tea in one hand and a bag of skittles in the other, mocking the items the slain teenager purchased from a corner store just minutes before he was shot and killed.
What’s even more disturbing is there are Trayvoning Facebook pages where these individuals are posting their pictures and asking people to share and like the page to boost its popularity. So far, there are only 24 likes on one and 67 on the other, but that’s still 91 too many.
On one page it’s clear from the comments that the participants think this is a fun and cool thing to do, the other seems to have a backward goal of raising awareness which really isn’t warranted at this point and definitely can’t be achieved in this way. It’s hard to think of anyone’s murder—black or white—that has ever been mocked in such a disrespectful way and this act is just further proof that it’s impossible for America to see a black boy as a victim. This is just as bad as the Trayvon Martin gun target selling out in just two days!
Social media sort of changes the sensitivity rules in some ways but we’re still talking about a death and we highly doubt any of these people were rallying in their cities or pushing for charges to be brought against Zimmerman. They’re trying to make a joke out of something tragic and it’s just not funny. These inappropriate Facebook pages have been reported. We can’t stop these fools from posing and taking pictures but we can stop it from spreading on social media.
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