It’s Okay To Support Trayvon Martin

The show of solidarity, the energy and the spirit of those who have unequivocally expressed their outrage of Trayvon Martin’s murder is deeply moving.

There are some who have expressed disdain towards others who are helping to bring awareness to this atrocity. While everyone has a right to express their opinion, it should be remembered that the fight for human and civil rights is ongoing, it shouldn’t be perplexing, although it is consuming. The Civil Rights Movement itself may have lasted for a specific timeframe, but the integration of more laws to protect human and civil rights interests has not ended.

Promoting human and civil Rights is not a simple task, there aren’t simple solutions. It isn’t one incident that causes uproar, however it might be one incident that further ignites more people to take a stance, and take a more intense call to action. It should not be suggested that every person expressing concern is using this tragedy to give the appearance or illusion of loyalty to fight for civil or human rights.

While the multi-city marches for Trayvon Martin are not universally supported, it is still undeniably one of the largest calls to action for civil justice and racial equality. Marches, no matter their cause, are a display of strength in numbers. Demonstrators rally together to bring awareness; to effect change that may not be made only by casting a vote.

There is always opposition and condemnation of marches, but this does not dilute the message, or the need for people to respond in this manner. History proves that marches can not only change public opinion, but can have a powerful impact on existing governmental laws and views.

This Madman attended the rally in Baltimore; my first, and was especially moved by the number of seniors present; by the various ethnic groups, by people with physical disabilities.

I overheard an elderly woman say that she’s 70 years old. She said that her church didn’t want her to attend; that her church wasn’t going to stop her, because God was moving her.  She said she wasn’t going to let anyone else’s fear or concern of being involved stop her from doing what she felt in her heart was right. Go on Granny!

She and other seniors who were there lived through the marches on Washington and Selma that would ultimately bring change; of course not without sacrifice.  This march and all the rest are not only about equality it’s about humanity.

People who rally together in the form of a march do not march for every incident that troubles them, but often use one incident as a catalyst for change for all injustices.

Naysayers are like thorns, and like a thorn you can pick em’ out and keep it moving!

“And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through the revolution. –MLK

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