Here’s the truth about Trayvon Martin. He is no longer here. The truth about Trayvon is that he is not absent by choice, but was murdered and is no longer here. The truth about Trayvon is that a family is without a son and brother, friends are without a peer and a community, city, state, nation and world are without a potential “whatever he was meant to be”.
While Trayvon Martin is no longer here, his legacy is. Not many times in my lifetime have I seen a person, a cause, or a callous situation like the loss of his life unite people from all walks of life. From the likes of Rodney King’s brutal beating in Los Angeles, to Natalee Holloway’s mysterious disappearance in Aruba, to Sean Bell being killed in New York just before his wedding or Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapping, a unifying sound of support has once again ignited an insatiable, fire of outreach, activism and action. Trayvon Martin’s life and death has done what few others have. It has unleashed a catalyst for change.
The truth about Trayvon is that a child’s life was brutally stolen. Regardless of his or anyone’s race, age, background, gender, neighborhood stroll, candy choice, the burden of proof or the outcome of the jury, murder is wrong and that is worth action. That action starts with those of us that remain. I pray that the actions we take are ones that responsibly keep his legacy and the legacy of those others that have succumb to tragic loss in tact.
I pray that we never forget that it’s God that has the final say so. I pray that the only fires we ignite are ones that bring about an end to senseless violence. I pray social media and mainstream media don’t cease covering stories like this until stories like this are no longer around to cover, and place more emphasis on the victims than the perpetrators. I pray we champion another cause, and another cause and another cause like Trayvon’s and bring it to the attention of those in authority. I pray we don’t become consumed with rage or fear, but use this as fuel to move this nation forward in the spirit of the civil rights activists that transformed our land’s landscape. I pray we stop the “snitches get stitches” rule. I pray we don’t turn a blind eye or deaf ear to stories of mass murders, shooting sprees, school killings, kidnappings, black-on-black crime, white-on-white crime, brown-on-brown crime or any other color of crime for that matter. I pray we never stop fighting for justice and learn to celebrate the victories that have been accomplished, even as we fight for the victories that remain. I pray we no longer take one another for granted, that we hug a little longer, talk a little longer, truly become invested in each other’s lives as a reminder of how essential we are to one another. I pray we use our voice and our vote to stand up for EVERY single life lost, not contribute to lives being lost and not become desensitized or discouraged by the overwhelming amount of lives lost, or any injustice. I pray we don’t give up hope in the good that remains in most people. I pray we don’t operate in judgement or stereotypes. I pray we realize that there are people who look like us that don’t like us and people who don’t look like us who love us, regardless of our race, and not contribute to further building the wall of division and destruction. I pray we become more media savvy and legal savvy, and involved in order to do what we need to do to learn how to keep a story alive, and see a case to justice if needed. I pray we learn how to articulate our frustrations through open forums, workshops, mentoring, seminars, symposiums and plain ol’ conversations with each other. I pray we pray more than ever before. I pray we talk about race, really talk about it, with hopes of greater understanding and that in those talks we realize not all people who aren’t like us are against us and get to know each other since we’ll all be here together for as long as we’re here. I pray we don’t forget about the Martin family. I pray we don’t forget to pray for Trayvon’s family and the families of others tragically killed as they deal with life “afterwards”. I pray we at least let Trayvon Martin live through honoring what his death has stirred up in a way that brings about a positive change in us all. Our action on his behalf, and on behalf of countless others doesn’t have to end because the case has.
Trayvon Martin is no longer here, but we are. That means we all have something to do. There’s no greater time than now to do it. Trayvon Martin deserves that. And that’s the truth about Trayvon.
Angela Scott Moore has sported many hats in her lifetime. She’s a former broadcast anchor/reporter/producer, a trained motivational speaker, fundraiser and marketing/PR expert. She spent nine years as a pastor’s wife working in full-time ministry before that union ended in divorce. A majority of her time in ministry was spent empowering women and girls. She’s an avid inspirational blogger and also a philanthropic community supporter who has served with more than 25 local and national organizations over her 15+ year professional career. Currently she’s working in the fields of Social Justice and Human Resources, and operates the blossoming, full-service events planning venture Amazing Kreations with her business partner, offering media and event planning assistance at low or no cost to small organizations and businesses. Taking lessons learned from each phase of her ever-evolving life, Angela’s now donning the hat of a single woman on a single mission to use spoken and written words to motivate others to “thrive while they survive”.
Contact Angela Scott Moore about speaking engagements at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow her blog at www.angelamooreblog.wordpress.com or check out her facebook page for people experiencing separation or divorce at I’m More Than What Happened.