2013-07-19 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

by Ilyassha Shivers

Well by now the nation has had some time to look at the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. I thought to myself, do I even want to go there, or should I focus on something more reader friendly? I decided to put my feelings aside and let the facts speak for themselves. I have seen some verdicts where their sole purpose was to send a message. If that is the case here, what message are we sending? A 17 year old child unarmed, being followed by a man who was told to stay in his car, is confronted. What takes place from that point on is up for speculation. At the end of the encounter the unarmed child is dead and the gun toting neighborhood watchman appears to have a few scratches and bruises, none of them life threatening I might add. A jury of all women felt that the prosecution did not make a case. There was no case to be made. The facts speak for themselves.

Back in the day, brothers would always make issue of the symbol that we use for our justice system, a woman blindfolded with a tilted scale. They say that justice is blind. Well, I guess she was deaf, too. There are so many twists and turns to this trial, from the start it was destined to be a disaster. And now the circus begins. There will be rally after rally and protest after protest, but at the end of the day, nothing will change, nothing will be done.

I am sick and tired of politicians with their words of support, but where are the bills and legislation to support it? Where is the money to fund programs that educate and elevate our youth? I recently took my son to the doctor and there was a young man who came into the examination room with the doctor. I do not remember the young man’s name, but what I do remember is that he was going to the 11th grade and he wanted to be a doctor. He was accompanying the doctor for the day watching and taking notes. He was not concerned with the latest sneakers that were coming out. He was not concerned with the latest game on Play Station 3, or what party he would be going to this weekend. He was concerned with what he was doing now to prepare for his future. There’s hope.

So as we watch the drama unfold, I say a prayer for the Martin family who has to deal with the aftermath of the death of their son. As for the rest of us, it’s time we get our own houses in order because this is just the tip of the iceberg. This case will linger on and the debate will continue because justice is in the eye of the beholder, whatever that means...

Please continue reading. Send me your thoughts and concerns to shiverswave@ gmail. Watch, listen and pray.

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