Trayvon still matters today. The legacy of this young man’s life and his traumatic destruction and miscarriage of justice, reverberates, echoes and metastasizes as a symbol in so many matters of day to day prejudices, bigotry, stereotypes, sentiments, attitudes and actions toward our Black youth in the U.S.
Currently, in Kansas City, our youth are being racially profiled, corralled and blocked out of public access areas in Kansas City. They have shut our youth out of Swope Park, The Country Club Plaza, Westport, the 39th street shopping area, and The Power and Light district.
Here in KC we have the Country Club Plaza - The first Gated Community built by JC Nichols, for "white flight" from Integration, and the Power and "Light- white- Reich" districts for example, that are heralded as elite commercial and tourism attractions.
The Power and Light District is presently a commercial business organization that has put in place watchdog security strategies that have stereotyped our Afrikan American males in particular and instituted their dress codes that attack the cultural attire of Afrikan Americans. They have also attacked Afrikan American business owners and discouraged patronage by sending city officials to nitpick and pass out city code citations, while the police, harass the patrons in the parking lots and on their way home. To address this blatant discrimination, our young people staged a “White Tee-Shirt” Protest in 2008… http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2008/08/31/aclu-protests-power-and-light-dress-code , http://www.tonyskansascity.com/2008/08/tkc-exclusive-aclu-plans-white-t-shirt.html Very little was changed. Even Afrikan American community leaders, dressed in full traditional Afrikan Attire, have been thrown out of businesses in this district.
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The Country Club Plaza - Was the first Gated Community built by JC Nichols, for "white flight" from Integration. There was a time when Blacks were not allowed to live passed 24th street, and The Plaza was a segregated area where only Black menial workers and maids were allowed to enter. They also had "Sundown Laws" in place after 6pm. Presently this area has the only local movie theater in the midtown metro area. This has created an uproar and complaints against Black youth who are seen around the fountains and high price tagged shops. KC Black parents are not organized to chaperon and self-police our youth from their own neighborhoods or sufficiently provide mentorship and assistance for struggling single parents, or carpool and provide transportation for the youth to go in public areas. Black people are expressing so much self-hatred toward our youth, and yet, we are ignoring the fact that we are all steadily being harassed, detained, picked off and quarantined by the police, targeting mostly the blighted zip code areas where many Black elderly, disabled, lower income single parents and those on fixed incomes are concentrated.
In effect, our youth are being systematically captured, fingerprinted, photographed and branded as juvenile delinquents to be treated as refugees in their own residential areas. This seems like our youth are pre-sentenced for the prison Industrial complex. The paradox of federal penitentiaries is that the tax dollars are now given to the rural areas for each prisoner, where the majority of these prisons are built- in many cases ON THE SAME LAND THAT WAS ONCE USED AS SLAVE PLANTATIONS! So even more money is siphoned out of the Black economy and neighborhoods.
What I find most disturbing is the apathy! In any other community, If we found 2 youth per week, murdered, or missing, there would be an international moratorium until there is an end to this tragedy! Yet this IS happening, all over the world, to people of color. Black families, overwhelmingly are not involved in the foster parents provider system. The majority of the children who are left orphaned by our imprisoned fathers and mothers, are also left vulnerable, so that the cycle perpetually continues. To compound this, Afrikan Americans are dying MORE from stress, and contaminated foods to mitigate what I call the hand of death and disease, Stroke, Heart Attack, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Cancers!
YES I AM ANGRY -I am outraged, and very hurt about the continual and systematic injustices toward Afrikan American Men, and those who seek to rationalize and justify the wholesale lynching, murder, disenfranchisement and neo-slavery of our men from the third grade- to special education and the penitentiary. This is a cycle of violence and terrorism that our young men are daily introduced to. I had a Father and Mother in my household, with Brothers, Uncles, Sons, Students, and Grandsons that need more than just their fathers and mothers together in the household, a basketball hoop and an integrated “Kum-ba-ya”. They need to know how to live, survive and maneuver in a world of apathy, callused bigots, institutionalized psychopathic racism, invisible redlining and a treacherous civil and legal system!
I AM TRAYVON’s FAMILY. I am his mother, his aunt, his cousins, his sister, his teacher, his grandmother, and I live in HIS world… I have a right to grieve the loss of my son without the typical middle class conservative worldview sentiments and opinions. I hear the hateful gloating of the same old callus, insensitive and offensive, Archie Bunker bigoted mentality. It is apparent that the US Corporatocracy may have some “demons” of their own to deal with. The US has used African Americans as scapegoats far too long.
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