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.
Wow. That is one deranged person...
Cynthia McKinney will be one of the leaders in the balkanized United States.
Denial of your own self-genocide is far worse than racism.
If justice be done, Zimmerman will be declared innocent of all charges and “free to go”. Unfortunately, this raciest trial will be all about appeasing the blacks. If this occurs, this will result in a uprising of both whites and Hispanics against this verdict which will be justified!
It is way past time to quit trying to pacifying the blacks when they threaten riots. Tired of racial priorities especially for law related politics.
IMO this needed a BARF ALERT!
IMO this needed a BARF ALERT!
McKinney’s lies certainly fit the definition of treason in Article 3 section 3. Nobody in Congress is too pushed to enforce the laws of this country, though.
This requires a barf alert. However, most of us are well seasoned with this Obarfa.
Governed and led by her own party.
They have only one drum and they beat it for all they are worth. Doesn't matter what the song is or who's singing it, it gets the same beat because its the only one they know.
Everything I wanted to know about Cynthia McKinney I learned from this video...
When its black on black murder, its ok. Like only blacks being able to say the “N” word.
Maybe blacks ought to stop their own people offing each other before they start attacking the rare white on black crimes.
That is the dumbest thing ever written by a liberal in the last 15 minutes.
The hispanics I talks to here in New York city are really ticked off about this case, especially with Al Sharpton, but none of them will open their mouths for some reason. No protests, nothing. I don’t know, maybe because a death is involved, but they are really ticked off because they said if Zimmerman was black this BS would not be happening which is exactly right. I find it very odd though that no hispanic groups are speaking up for Zimmerman. Another reason may be his last name which to me is another reason there is such outrage by blacks. In their mind blacks see him as a Jew and they say “Yo special treatment because he is a Jew” which is complete BS being that the guy was defending himself.
Yep: Crazy Cynthia out on a rant.
She is honest in stating her feeling though. Thousands feel just like her. They all complain about how many blacks are in prison without realising most of them are there for committing crimes against other blacks.They all complain about the blacks killed by police, when those blacks were committing crimes.They all turned a racially mixed, honest, black hispanic man into a white hispanic after he shot a killed a little sneak thief.
McKinny isn’t alone, she is backed by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and many others who think just like them.Then they wonder why they have racial problems.They call others bigots, while their own bigotry is eating them up.
There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongspartly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs
There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.
-Booker T. Washington
Booker knew his stuff.
It’s like he was prescient
McKinney claimed that thousands (50.000) blacks had been secretly slaughtered by W, and buried at sea. All on the Joos orders, of course.
Cynthia McKinney is a barking moonbat.
I thought she was DEFEATED and out of the Congress.....am I wrong??
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