Like many others, I’ve been watching the televised trial against George Zimmerman for the justice of the 17 year-old Trayvon Martin whom he murdered that rainy night last Feburary. More than 3 weeks into the trial, so many details of that night have come to the light courtesy of the science and other forensics. I won’t bring my opinion into this but I will however repost an open letter from Hip Hop mogul/mentor Russell Simmons. Russell addresses that although the trial approaches its end, the justice that they are seeking is close BUT if George is found not guilty or acquitted of the charges, the work that the Trayvon Martin Foundation has set forth will never be done.
Trayvon Martin’s parents had to bury their young son a year ago and say goodbye and no parent should have to feel that ultimate hurt. R.I.P.
“Like so many people across the country, I have followed the murder trial of George Zimmerman very closely. As we enter what is probably the last week of the trial, I am sure that everyone is anxious about the outcome. For the past sixteen months, I have proudly supported the courageous parents of Trayvon Martin as they have fought for justice for their son. I have greatly admired the grace and humility that they have exuded throughout this entire tragic ordeal. For them, the day of judgement in the courtroom will be a very difficult day and I certainly will say a prayer for them when that day comes.
Even with this important day coming soon, I remind myself that we have already accomplished a tremendous amount in the memory of Trayvon. All we ever asked for was for equal justice for the young man who was killed that drizzling night in Sanford, Florida. If George Zimmerman had rights, so did Trayvon Martin. And that is why Mr. Zimmerman was properly arrested and charged with murder in the second degree. He will soon be judged by a jury of his peers, and that is the best we can do. Whatever decision they make, is a decision that we must live with, whether we like it or not. Whether George Zimmerman is found innocent or guilty by the jury, I am firm believer that all of us live by karmic law, and he will ultimately be punished for the death of Trayvon, no matter what. However, if he walks free out of that courtroom, I understand that some people will be very sad, but we must remember the mission we are on. As I have heard Trayvon’s parents say time and time again, they are not only fighting for justice for their son, they are fighting for all of us, especially those parents who have to live through the misery of burying their child and the sadness that comes after.
Their inspiring leadership has already led to action. In 2012, for the first time in 8 years, not ONE state in our nation passed a new “Stand Your Ground” law. The power of the NRA and their gun-toting cronies in business were stopped in their tracks by the Justice For Trayvon Martin movement. That is an incredible accomplishment. That is the mission we must continue after this trial is over. Led by the heroism of Trayvon’s parents, we will support their efforts to not only block new laws from being enacted, but also repeal the laws in the twenty five states who already passed “Stand Your Ground” type legislation. And we will certainly support their healing process, as they have become great protectors of our nation’s compassion. It is the future that needs to be protected and everyone who stood up for Trayvon plays a part in that protection. If we failed to protect Trayvon on February 26, 2012, we will pledge to never make that mistake again.
Never we will stop fighting for justice for Trayvon, guilty verdict or acquittal, as our work will never be done!”
Please go to www.TrayvonMartinFoundation.org to commit your support to our future!