The aftermath of this has become a tragedy in itself-news outlets selectively editing recordings, hucksters rushing to commercialize this young man’s name-Spike Lee sticking his foot in his mouth and then attempting to atone for it by “picking up the tab”, racists and race baiters eager to voice their opinion-the death of Trayvon Martin has become more of a feeding frenzy than the thoughtful pursuit of justice.
The underbelly of this nation and it’s citizens who present themselves as champions of human rights on the world stage has been put on display for the global community to see, and it hardly seems worthy of respect.
This isn’t about political currency to be made, enhancing ones celebrity, or scrambling to voice an opinion before a forum page is turned-it is literally about life and death-and now, about the character and quality of justice and a nation as well.
A justice and quality long absent in the pursuit of closure in the case of Annie Mae, Ray Robinson, Jancita Eagle Deer, Roque Duenas, and a shameful count of others.
As indigenous people we have seen the same attempts to commercialize, to gain the currency of credibility, to self promote and profit related to these deaths among us as that of Trayvon Martin.
I don’t know all the particulars of the death of Trayvon, that is due in part to not witnessing the events and what the mainstream media agenda has been-what they choose to promote, but I doubt this will take as long to play out as it has for those spoken above.
Events such as these are feeding grounds for poverty pimps-would be voices said to represent commonly held beliefs and truths-I expect our version of these will weigh in with an “update”, a “commentary”, if for no other
reason than it is current, and in being so will be seen as an opportunity to draw comparisons and attempt to have the light cast their way.
Comparisons can be rightfully made, but what will not be mentioned is their own willful contributory negligence in suppressing justice among our own. Their contributions to injustice-and the all too obvious indifference to it.
The mainstream media, who in their eagerness to promote murderers and common criminals, to make life imitate Hollywood art of cowboys and Indians, fueled the myth of “liberators” and “warriors”, and instead created a Frankenstein the nations have had to contend with for decades.
Let the media, let MSNBC and Al Sharpton, let AIM and what the Lakota Oyate characterized as “wannabe chiefs” devote a tenth of the attention to the murders that have occurred among us and the present would be something entirely different.
What is going on with Trayvon is the same as what a rape victim has to endure-every bit of minutia will be dug into and exposed in attempt to if not exonerate the alleged perpetrator, then to cast the victim in the role of somehow having “asked” for it.
If Zimmerman, the shooter, is guilty, so be it-if he isn’t, so be it. What is required is a thoughtful and reasoned search for the truth, not the prevailing media driven circus. That would require the media being compelled by a social conscience rather than sound bites in the pursuit of audience.
If any consolation can be found in the death of Trayvon it is that this didn’t happen a few short decades ago-if so the media would relegate it to a line or two in the back pages-we on the other hand still await the death of our own as being something other than a mainstream media afterthought.