Skip to comments.Justice for Trayvon Martin Also Means Joining the Int'l Struggle Against U.S. Lawlessness
Posted on 05/20/2012 12:17:35 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
If the number of persons murdered by the police were included in the sum of executions, America would rank third in executions globally just behind Iran. The Trayvon Martin horror reminds us that U.S. foreign policy mirrors its domestic behavior towards Blacks and browns. If leadership inside the U.S. will do this to their own citizens, what is done to others outside the U.S. should come as no surprise.
The United States Department of Justice, according to the ACLU 2009 report, has done virtually nothing to combat the clear evidence of systemic racism the nation.
As a mother of a young Black man whom I pray for nightly and worry daily about his life being violently ended either by someone marginalized by the unjust social structure of U.S. life or by some rogue officer of the law or one pretending to be a policeman, I offer my sincerest condolences to the Martin family and friends over their loss of their son Trayvon. Each loss is irreparable and I have no words that can succor the pain that this entire nation is feeling. Further, I wish to extend my compassionate sympathies to the hundreds of thousands of victims of police brutality, racial profiling, and the millions wrongfully ensnared in the American gulag prison-industrial complex.
All of my life, no matter how my reputation has been assailed and vilified, I have struggled to promote justice and dignity to those people most adversely affected by the racist, intolerant, predatorily capitalistic, and venal society that feels more every day like when Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, or Martin Luther King, or martyred Floridian Harry T. Moore walked the Earth decades ago.
April 4, 2012 will mark the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. April 29, 2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Los Angeles Uprising of 1992. According to Dr. King, the U.S. was the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Forty-five years later this fact remains true with some frightening new additions. The U.S. imprisons more of its citizens per 100,000 persons than any other nation on earth. In 2011, the USA ranked fifth in the world in execution of prisoners, and annually police murder scores of citizens. If the number of persons murdered by the police were included in the sum of executions, America would rank third in executions globallyjust behind Iran. In spite of the fact that the United States ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), which obligates all levels of government to comply with the treaty, the United States Department of Justice, according to the ACLU 2009 report regarding the persistence of racial profiling in the United States, has done virtually nothing to combat the clear evidence of systemic racism the nation. Therefore, I cannot say that anyone can be certain that justice will be served to the many Trayvon Martins and their grieving families. It is sobering and hurtful to believe that Americas first Black President and first Black Attorney General will allow this nation to possibly descend into greater levels of intolerance and tension, when the laws and mechanisms to address the problems exist on the books.
This should be an easy one for the people of this country to face. President Obama called for us to push him to stand for the people. Now is the time for us to push so hard that President Obama has no choice but to stand and show us who are tired of mourning Stolen Lives in this country that he is able to lead as well as compromise and bow to his political rivals. President Obama, along with the people of this country, can act and begin to remove the legacy of hatred, violence, and injustice before the U.S. is consumed by it because our community of leaders and followers lacked the will to be a better society.
To the people who care and sacrifice daily for the marginalized and the dispossessed among us, I wish to remind you that I led a Congressional delegation to the United Nations World Conference on Racism in Durban South Africa in 2001 despite President Bush and Zionists daring us to go It was my hope that the African American leadership would discover the realm of international law, as was the dream of W.E.B. Dubois, William Patterson, Paul Robeson, Malcolm X, and Dr. King. The traditional Civil Rights leadership must become more effective and adroit in presenting the plight of our human rights before the international community. We have enough experience to know that our progress has always been linked to international pressure because we are in a majoritarian democracy that tramples on the rights of minorities. We must push within and without the United States to bring the egregious slaughter of our young people and the mass incarceration and oppression of Black and Brown people to an end using all tools that we can secure. We cannot wait for another so-called random slaying.
Now is the time for us to push so hard that President Obama has no choice but to stand and show us that he is able to lead as well as compromise and bow to his political rivals.
It is clear that the President does not speak in our names when he denies the existence of racism (in the United Nations follow-up Durban conferences) as he has done twice. We know that we are world citizens with rights that every Mark Furman, Rick Santorum, or George Zimmerman must respect even if our only venue for redress is before the people of the world. Chattel slavery and Jim Crow Apartheid were, in part, overturned because of the joint domestic and international efforts. Let us honor the agreement of Dr. King and Malcolm X to have a two-fold struggle for our human rights and full freedom. In the 1940s, we called this the Double Victory over Nazism and fascism abroad and racism and Jim Crow at home.
At home, the U.S. tolerates extra-judicial killings, violation of human rights, persecution, racial discrimination, and genocide yes, genocide. So, if leadership inside the U.S. will do this to their own citizens, what is done to others outside the U.S. should come as no surprise. The real answer lies in what "we the people" of the United States are going to do differently to stop this madness. Clearly, what we've all collectively done in the past is not nearly enough. If you harbor any doubt about that, just ask young Trayvon.
Cynthia McKinney is a former congresswoman from Georgia, and 2008 Green Party presidential candidate.
Still proud to have helped lead a FReep of her back in 2002.
She is out of Congress. This did not stop her from being a barking moonbat, as this article proves.
I wish I had a rubber stamp with that quote on it. I would stamp every return envelope of all my junk mail and send it off. Maybe just one person would read and understand it.
McKinney is one of many who do practice racial profiling - against those with a lighter complexion than hers.
Where is the justice for the thousands of murdered children in the USA? The rapist/murderer of 8 year old Nicki Read still sits on TN death row 20 years later, waiting more trials, because his attorney’s are allowed to make mistakes, while the prosecution can make NONE. And we have a ant-death penalty fed judge blocking every thing, along with the state anti-death penalty court all appointed by demonrats, who think it’s fine to take the life of the UNBORN, but not the life of a KILLER!
Actually, it would be redundant to put BARF ALERT on any article involving this woman. The name “Cynthia McKinney” is synonymous with BARF ALERT! If it be Cindy. .we be BARFIN
The hardest thing to believe is that she has a child....................that means someone, somewhere slept w/ her....................eeeewwwwwwwww.
Check out Henry Louis Gates’s site; Theroot.com............it is filled w/ all sorts of cry me a river wrongs. And the scary thing is that it is not even a radical site, it is very mainstream.
I found this site to be excellent with news, research and lots of photos of Zimmerman and Martin, that I’ve seen no where else. The site has other topics but they’re really focusing on the Z/M issue.
The only racism in America is coming from the people chanting it. For sixty plus years racism has been used by the leftist aka progressives to get votes. That constant chant of racism is to blame for this shooting. Every time a white person approaches a black person about anything. The black person takes the, you are messing with me because I am black bs. The leftist aka progressives created this hostility as a means to an end.
I hate racists like this woman.
Trayvon already received justice.
"The last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it!
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