Soul searching about Trayvon Martin is something I have been doing since the murder happened; with the question that we all ask in times of tragedy-Why did this happen? Each of us can only speculate about the “why? We may never know the real reason why? What I do know is that we could easily all fall into a dangerous trap-a mindset of fear and hate. We have to move past the question “why” to the question of what are we going to do differently so this never happens? We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to our own biases, stereotypes and prejudices. We cannot continue to stoke the fires of fear of one another. We are killing each other out of fear of each other.
We have to accept that all of us contributed, knowingly and unknowingly, to the murder of Trayvon Martin. All of us have been living in fear for all kinds of reasons. It just makes sense that as a human society we value personal protection and safety. But, we also value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is all our responsibilities to make our communities places where we can equally feel safe and can equally pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Do we really want to live in a world where we shoot first and ask questions later? It is our individual and collective responsibility to change how we think and act towards each other. We are the village it takes to raise a child. Trayvon Martin had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and we failed him and we failed his parents too.
Soul searching about Trayvon Martin. What are we going to do differently so this never happens?