The Value of a Black Life.

Author:Graves, Earl G., Sr.
Position:Publisher's Page - Statistical data

A teenager headed home is approached by a stranger, who initiates a confrontation that leads to the teen's death, That the person who provoked the confrontation was not held accountable for the death of the teen would seem incomprehensible, until you know that the teenager is black and his assailant is white (and Hispanic),

The disregard for Trayvon Martin's life by his killer George Zimmerman, the police who had to be forced by a social media campaign to arrest him, and ultimately the jury who failed to hold Zimmerman accountable for his actions in a Florida court this past July is both alarming and tragic, especially in 2013, with a black family in the White House, To paraphrase Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert 8, Taney in the landmark Bred Scott decision more than 155 years ago: Martin, as a young black male, had no rights that Zimmerman was bound to respect, No right to the pursuit of happiness, No right to liberty, And finally, tragically, no right to life, In effect, the verdict of the Zimmerman trial deemed Martin's life to be of no value, and no more worthy of protection under the law today than Scott's was In 18 57, So much for a "post-racial" America,

Many Americans, and African Americans In particular, are rightfully outraged ever the not guilty verdict of the Zimmerman trial, which Is just the latest Indication that black lives are disposable and valueless, However, as unjust as the verdict is, the action and activism it has sparked Is in stark contrast to our own tolerance and complacence in response to the deaths of thousands of other Trayvon Martins, also victims of senseless gun violence, The difference: the perpetrators are too often also young black males, According to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, nearly 7,000 black Americans are murdered every year=91% of them by other African Americans, This harsh reality raises the question: How can we as African Americans expect others to value and protect our lives If we won't value and protect them ourselves?

We know that if the confrontation between Martin and Zimmerman had resulted in the white person's death, Martin would be in jail, despite the fact that he was "standing his ground,"...

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