Words by Chan Bam
Less than a month after the infamous controversial not-guilty verdict of George Zimmerman, life has seemingly gone back to business as usual, especially within in the Black Community.
What happened to all the fervor, zeal and cries for justice that riled up Los Angeles to the point of senseless rioting? It looks as though the blaze for justice went out as quickly as the rioting flames on Crenshaw Blvd began. Blacked-out profile pictures on social networks have been replaced with normal faces or foolery – depending on the user; and things have gone quiet.
While this isn’t the first time an injustice has taken place, the outcome often seems to be the same. We are all on one accord when angered by “racial injustices” but what about the ones we create within our own communities and neighborhoods? Do we go this hard when there are black on black crimes in our cities? And why would we riot, destroy and cause havoc in our very own streets? I’ve yet to see that ever resolve anything, especially being South Central has never been fully restored after 1992’s Rodney King’s rioting. Have we learned anything?
If we don’t care enough about ourselves, amongst ourselves, why should anyone else?
Thankfully, this past weekend there was a peaceful gathering of discussion amongst those of different walks, to put it all on the table. Organized by LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and the LA group Empowerment Congress, the event The Days of Dialogue – “The Death of Trayvon Martin: Unfinished Business” brought together a crowd of law enforcement, educators, pastors, Los Angeles residents and the like, to discuss and confront the effects of this case, sharing stories, feelings and possible resolutions on restoring justice, as we know it.
This is more of what’s needed within our communities – conversation. Communication is key – making sure our voices are heard and not senseless behavior seen.
What role are you playing in your community?
For upcoming dates this month, see their site: daysofdialogue.org
Words by Chan Bam