While New York, Washington D.C. and California have erupted with massive protests following the July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict, the state where the murder of 17-year-old, unarmed Trayvon Martin remains eerily silent. While it is true that police and church leaders have worked desperately to ensure things would remain calm once Zimmerman walked out of court a free
man, it seems odd that citizens in the Bronx and Los Angeles are demanding justice while those in Florida look idly by.
Are we in mourning? Are we in shock? Did we expect Zimmerman to walk once a jury of five white women and one "other" were selected to be judge over Zimmerman? Have years of oppression settled in so much that Floridians have given up on the quest for true justice in what may be one of the most active KKK states nationwide?
Maybe there is a reason why Floridians haven't taken to the streets in mass numbers since Saturday's verdict. Could it be that Floridians simply aren't used to standing up against injustices and civil rights violations to the same degree as those in New York or California?
If that is the case, then it would seem that the voices rising from sea-to-shining-sea may serve as a prophetic call..."Awake sleepers, loosen your chains and rise. Stand up and fight for justice."
I imagine that as more people in Florida witness the protests taking place across the nation, more will feel the need to sound off in Florida.
I think it is quite telling, though; of the spirit and condition of those in Florida. It's almost as if people are tired here. People are tired of seeing a lack of justice and a continual trampling of civil rights in this state. While poor Trayvon Martin's parents trusted the Florida courts for justice, Judge Nelson was pushing the trial through at record speed, preventing the words "racial profiling" from being used, and the state and defense agreed upon a jury panel of six women.
It was no surprise that Zimmerman walked, especially after the fiasco the state called a case.
Don't get me wrong; there were small pockets of protesters in Florida. Tampa saw about 200 gather; but nothing like the masses in New York or those in California who stopped a freeway. Those who tried to protest in Sanford were surprised to learn that the protest had been "moved" at the last minute.
As anger and frustration continue to mount over the coming days, it will be interesting to see how Florida responds to the growing unrest.
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