The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “Congregants wear hoodies, remember Trayvon Martin” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/congregants-wear-hoodies-remember-trayvon-martin-234922837.html).
“Wearing hooded sweatshirts similar to the one that Trayvon Martin wore on the night he was killed, many preachers and worshippers echoed calls for justice Sunday in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida last month (February, 2012)”.
“The one-month anniversary of Martin’s death is Monday (March 26 2012). He was shot while wearing a “hoodie” as he walked home on a rainy night in a gated community. The neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, is the son of a white father and Hispanic mother, and the demands to charge him in Martin’s slaying have grown ever louder. He had called police to report the hooded figure as suspicious; the 17-year-old Martin was CARRYING A BAG OF SKITTLES AND A BAG OF ICED TEA and talking to his girlfriend on his cellphone“. “Wearing a hoodie” and “carrying a bag of skittles and a bag of iced tea” is “suspicious?” Also, THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT Martin was talking about Zimmerman and EVEN IF THERE WAS, this could have been resolved WITHOUT MURDER/KILLING MARTIN.
“At a standing-room only congregation of hundreds while preaching at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville, Fla., about 20 miles from the site of the Sanford shooting”, the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked: “”How do we turn PAIN into POWER?” WITHOUT SEEKING REVENGE (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME)? This is a very good/thought-provoking question.
“Jackson preached a sermon entitled “The Substance of Things Hoped For“. He called for Martin’s “martyr” death to be used as an opportunity to revive the Civil Rights Commission and draw attention to long-standing issues” such as RACISM which shockingly is still prevalent now, in the 21st century.
“THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT HAS POWER“, Jackson said to shouts of “Amen” and loud clapping”, but how many “innocent” lives have to be lost before we can stop this kind of HATE?
“THERE’S POWER in the blood of Emmett Till! THERE’S POWER in the blood of Medgar Evers! THERE’S POWER in the blood of Dr. King!”, who was one of Jackson’s mentors. Jesse Jackson is truly a great orator/speaker .
Jackson made a direct plea to change the “STAND YOUR GROUND“SELF-DEFENSE law that many believe authorities in Florida used to avoid arresting him”. The “stand your ground” self-defense law” is ANOTHER CLEVER ALIBI, just like the INSANITY defense. The “stand your ground” self-defense law” is equivalent to “We think they made us mad” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI). In other words, people who believe the “stand your ground” self-defense law” and/or the insanity defense believe that THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING and we MUST change this PERCEPTION.
“Zimmerman’s attorney has said he believes the case falls under Florida’s stand-your-ground law, which dictates that a person has the right to stand his or her ground and “MEET FORCE WITH FORCE” if attacked”. “meet force with force” is the latest case/example of “the more we escalate, the more they escalate and here we go” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME). “Attorney Craig Sonner has said Zimmerman IS NOT a racist” and Zimmerman killed a BLACK man? HM.
According to 34-year-old Nacia Bradley of Orlando. “This kind of activism never stopped in the church, that’s what they do for us in the BLACK community. That’s what they’re here to do“. So, RACE/ETHNICITY is still an issue, even now in the 21st century.
According to 47-year-old Kenneth Byers of Orlando, “The activism (in the church) is bigger and better than ever. EVERYTHING Rev. Jackson SAID WAS RIGHT ON TIME“. Jackson ISN’T a saint as he “had an affair with a staffer KARIN STANFORD” (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_Jackson#Personal_life), but this is clearly A RALLYING CRY.
During Mass (at CHICAGO‘s St. Sabina Catholic Church, a predominantly black congregation), one congregant held a sign reading, “WE ARE ALL Trayvon Martin”. This is another RALLYING CRY. Father MICHAEL PFLEGER SHOULDN’T be mentioned here because he mocked Secretary of State HILLARY CLINTON, which was clearly a DEROGATORY action.
“In New York City, Middle Collegiate Church pastor Jacqueline Lewis said the church must assume both a spiritual and political role to end “THE EPIDEMIC” of racism”. Again IT’S SHOCKING that we’re talking an “epidemic” of racism” in 2012.
“It’s that sense of activism that resonated with Michael Ambrosini, who left the service wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. He said he attends the church in part because “such violence dictates STRONG POLITICAL ACTION and THIS CHURCH TAKES ACTION“, which is a powerful message.
“In the nation’s capital, the pastors of Reid Temple AME in Glenn Dale, Md. and Metropolitan AME in downtown Washington, both wore hoodies”.
“Reid Temple’s pastor, the Rev. Lee P. Washington, put the hoodie on his head and held up a box of Skittles and a can of iced tea before his sermon, “Trusting God When You Don’t Understand“, in which he discussed the Martin case. Metropolitan AME is just blocks away from the White House and President Barack Obama worshipped there with his family in January, 2011″.
“At Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. and his father once preached, dozens of people wore hoodies in Trayvon Martin’s memory, including the Rev. Raphael Warnock”. “They said his name was Trayvon Martin. But he looked like EMMETT TILL. At least with Emmett Till, SOMEONE WAS ARRESTED. And that was in 1955“. Emmett Till, of course, was lynched (i.e. deliberately attack because of his race/ethnicity). IT’S REALLY SAD that instances of racial discrimination and hatred are still occurring in the 21st century.
“Ingrid Lester, 64, showed up for services wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a Skittles wrapper pinned to it. She said the Martin case reminded her of the struggle to end segregation in the 1960s, when she was a teenager. And she said the church had a crucial role to play now, just as it did then”. “WE NEED A VOICE and the church is our voice“. OK, although the 21st century has seen an alarming increase in RELIGIOUS EXTREMISM as well and this is certainly a cause for concern.
Finally, “At First Iconium Baptist, another predominantly black church in Atlanta, the Rev. Timothy McDonald told congregants at the early Sunday service (March 25, 2012) “WE WILL NOT REST until Mr. Zimmerman who killed young Trayvon Martin is arrested. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ANY OF OUR CHILDREN“. Again this should be A CALL TO ACTION to PREVENT similar tragic incidents to happen in the future.
If someone can get killed for doing something as mundane as WEARING A HOODIE, EATING SKITTLES and DRINKING ICED TEA, that’s a bad day and we need to SERIOUSLY RE-ASSESS our core values as HUMAN BEINGS. This murder, because of RACE/ETHNICITY, is DISGRACEFUL/DESPICABLE and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. a society in which we should be preaching TOLERANCE.