I attended the Trayvon Martin rally yesterday, July 20th, 2013, at One Police Plaza. It was a very powerful, uplifting and emotional experience. There were a lot of people there, of every race, sex, religion and nationality. I met families from France, Holland and Italy on vacation who took moments out of their lives to express their sympathy and show support for young Trayvon Martin’s parents and family, whom were the main guest of the NAN rally. Jay-Z, Beyounce, and a host of notable politicians, clergy, TV celebrities and community activist were also in attendance. Literally, the were people of all walks of life there to express their outrage and show support to a family whom had to bury a son and then be dealt a grave injustice by the American Criminal Justice System. Which speaks to how deeply the killing of young Travon Martin and the acquittal of Zimmerman has effected not only the American public, but people throughout the world whom have shown great interest in following the Trayvon Matrin tragedy.
I am still reviewing the National Action Network agenda and strategy, based on the words of Rev. Al Sharpton. But off hand I think that while NAN is doing a good job of organizing people, their current goals and objectives fall short of making any substantive changes in the halls and chambers of power, where true help for our people, indeed, all American people, rest. Mr. Sharpton made reference to (1) The Justice Department current inquiry aimed at bringing federal civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman, (2) repelling the “Stand You Ground Law” in Florida and other jurisdictions and (3) there was mention of Section 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Section 5 required nine states, including Alaska, and individual jurisdictions around the country to get federal approval before changing voting or election laws to ensure they do not have a harmful impact on minority voters. The US Supreme Court recently set aside Second 5, with advice to the US Congress to “rewrite” or “update” second 5 to reflect a more modern view and application of the 58 year old law.
With regard to all the issues raised by the National Action Network, I would recommend including a number of issues, of which the re-establishment of the “CONGRESSIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION,” with all the original powers and authorities it had to investigate racial discrimination in every facet of America’s social, political and economic affairs, be part of the major goal and objective.
I think all the above mentioned goals are very meaningful, however, I am also thinking we need to take this opportunity to genuinely confront the real underlining issues facing both African and European America. I believe it’s time for America to officially ante up to European-America’s historically barbaric and uncivilized treatment of African-Americans and begin to take real and genuine steps toward meaningfully helping to straighten African-American families and communities, so as to place us on a social, economic and political footing that will allow for healthy growth and development in America or any other society. We should have the right and choice to take on dual citizenship with any country in Africa, whose government is willing to open it’s arms and welcome us as long lost brothers and sisters. I believe the American Business community and its vicious exploitative mentality is predominately responsible for the exploitation of the slave trade and subsequent exploitation of racism in American and African societies and that, subsequently, the African-American should be entitled to, where qualified, “Business Development and Opportunity Grants,” that will not only allow African-Americans to develop join industries and corporate enterprises with Africa, but also be legally entitled to have “Priority Status” in government contracts with African Countries.
Jewish prisoners of Nazi Germany were compensated for the pain and misery visited upon them by the Hitler regime. The Japanese were compensated by the American government for being placed in internship camps during the “Japanese Conflict.” And history is replete with countless other examples of similar acts of governments taking responsibility for injustices they have committed and welcomed gestures of compensation. But, the American government’s refusal to acknowledge and compensate for it’s barbaric, uncivilized and egregious treatment of African-Americans (Africans who are descends of slaves in America) is nothing short of “racism,” and should be addressed once and for all. Because, at the end of the day or century, until the real issue is addressed, that of the American Government recognizing and taking responsibility of its past and present injustices, America will go into the future, with an attitude of “business as usual,” and nothing anyone has said will mean anything to the lives of the too many African and African-American families (children, woman and men) living on the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual edges of America’s political, social and economic racial abyss.
By: Lawrence Hayes
Lawrence Hayes is a freelance writer based in USA