I have struggled to find the words to offer in the wake of the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, which is why I have been silent until now. Hasn’t everything already been said repeatedly?
I have had so many thoughts and emotions in the time since the case first became public, but I rationalized that this is not an instance I should even comment on as a relationship blogger. Then again, I look at relationships and does this verdict not shed light on the horrible relationships that exist between the races in this country? The fact that no one wants to really acknowledge this only adds to the ugliness of it. Sorry to report it American dreamers, but we do not live in a post-racial society.
I have no comments on the case or the verdict, because it is what it is. The public reaction, however is a different story for me. Twitter was quite active during the presentation of the case and since the verdict was reached. I have seen good, bad and ugly in the opinions expressed. There has been very little understanding or compassion, and a lot of politicizing and antagonizing going on. No real conversation is going to happen until that ends, and without honest dialogue there will be no healing or change.
Some will ask if there is even a need for change, and I have to wonder how that can be questioned. Change reflects growth. Change reflects improvement. We have written laws and amended them over and over in this country for a reason: society grows over time. This is not a negative thing. Yet, we have a segment of the country up in arms because there is a call to review certain laws. This is not a new thing. It is a part of the process that we all hold dear, right? It is a part of the process of growth.
Tearing down stereotypes, building understanding, reviewing laws for improvement, peaceful protests and demonstrations, and expressions of grief are not evil in practice or intent. Why are the people who want these things being vilified as those who want to attempt to take away rights or seen as a destructive force?
We must improve our relationships if we want a strong community. We cannot have these divisions if we want to be a strong nation. Isn’t that what everyone should be concerned about? Doesn’t ‘WE the people’ include all of us?