Trayvon Wasn’t the First: Sanford’s Black Problem

trayvon-martin-death-photos-6-27-13-1Not guilty.

I wasn’t surprised by the verdict. I was born and raised in Sanford, a city of 54,000 people north of Orlando. For many years, an invisible line separated Black and White, rich and poor.

The shooting exposed Sanford’s racist history and the years of mistreatment and mistrust by the mostly White police department in the Black community.

I had been a journalist for more than 20 years, but this was my first time covering a trial. Even so, I knew something was terribly wrong during jury selection when a White woman in her 50s said that Trayvon Martin would have never been shot and killed if he hadn’t been suspended from school. She was chosen for the jury. I watched as a blond woman in her 30s seemed to flirt with defense attorney Mark O’Mara. She also was chosen. From the beginning I wondered, “Will this group of mostly middle-aged White women really understand the life, the challenges, the fears of a 17-year-old Black boy?”

Read the complete story here: http://http://www.essence.com/2013/07/18/trayvon-wasn%E2%80%99t-first-sanford%E2%80%99s-black-problem?XID=OUTBRAIN_EE

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Luz's Daughter Cares is a direct action group dedicated to ending discrimination, violence, oppression and injustice against Humanity. We embrace two Symbols of Virtue: (1) The Lotus Flower - Rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment. (2) The Humanity Flag - Symbolic of kindness, mercy, sympathy and unity for the ENTIRE human race with respect for individuality and no prejudice based on nationality, race/color, creed, gender or religion. Nariko Wright founded Luz's Daughter Cares in loving memory of her mother, "Luz". http://about.me/NarikoWright

2 responses to “Trayvon Wasn’t the First: Sanford’s Black Problem

  1. Hello , Our voter registion group -VOTE for TRAYVON . Is our new group to get african americans to vote in the upcoming 2014 election , the reason why we have these racist laws are due to state laws that are done during the midterms. That africana-americans Dont participate in and we feel that has to change . WE were looking to pictures of Trayvon and found his picture of his corpse at the scene of his murder. Whenwe found it we will use it to show blacks that we are responsible for NOT voting allows these laws to come into fruition. So can you please send us the trayvon pic of his corpse at the scene and we want to add you to our growing group to get Africanamerican ready and and reason to be fired up to vote in 2014. we cant allow these states to be inpower anymore pass 2014 all that enact SYG and Voter subpression must be voted OUT. Thank You Carla Rush

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