No one likes to talk about the perverse sides of human beings. All of us have weaknesses, but some of us have ugly sides called bigotry, racism and prejudice.
People that want to pretend that we live in a kind of utopian society are on denial or just plain blind and deaf, metaphorically speaking.
Here in Sanford, Florida, there was a murder that occurred recently and I am sure that if this boy, Treyvon Martin wouldn’t have been an African-American, he would still be alive today.
How do I know that? Because I have lived through racism, bigotry, and prejudice. Sometimes the feeling is so strong you can almost touch it. I don’t have to even open my mouth, and an assumption that I am stupid or below average intelligence is immediately made. Because…I am of Hispanic origin.
Treyvon Martin did not have a chance with this mentally sick person that deprived him of enjoying one of our rights as a human being. Life.
I cannot imagine how his mother is feeling at this moment. That must be an unbearable pain that will be with her for as long as she lives.
I am going to close this thought with the following:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Not anymore for Treyvon Martin.
So…it was today…a day to remember a young life that was not given an opportunity to accomplish what the future was holding for him, because someone denied him of this right because the color of his skin.
May the Lord have mercy on us all. Yesterday was Treyvon, and that makes me ponder on who the self-or government-appointed vigilantes are going to come after next.