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For Trayvon: Obama a day late and a dollar short

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For Trayvon Flow beloved native son, in the timeless power of the blood of the slaughtered African

by Ezili Danto

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President Obama's declaration that "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," is a day late and dollar short. It's good that President Obama finally said something. However, it's hollow without the use of his power to affirmatively bring a civil rights case against George Zimmerman or to push legislation to repeal the Stand Your Ground laws. Obama has the power, has no re-election concerns to negotiate. His declaration of empathy without use of power is simply posturing - political theater and crocodile tears. (Obama: Trayvon Martin could have been me').

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American courts did not give Trayvon Martin's family any justice.

Trayvon Martin, a Black male, barely 16-years old and unarmed, was talking on the phone, munching on skittles while walking home. George Zimmerman stalked him, presume he was a criminal come to rob the neighborhood and fatally shot the child less than one minute after the phone call disconnected. But it is the unarmed, innocent Black male who was naturally considered by the authorities, as inherently dangerous and the gross aggressor. The mostly all-white jury, duly presented with evidence of this racist narrative, suitably exonerated the killer.

What remains to be done for a Black woman to safely give birth to a male child in the Americas, who will live, unlike Trayvon Martin, with full human rights, is up to us. (Video: Melissa Harris-Perry On Zimmerman Verdict: 'I Live In A Country That Makes Me Wish My Sons Away'.)

Our prayers and condolences to the Trayvon family. Courage and strength to the most maligned Haitian in this tragedy, Trayvon Martin's friend and chief witness in the case, Rachel Jeantel.

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Rachel Jeantel, like Trayvon, was put on trial instead of George Zimmerman.

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The same Florida prosecutors who successfully prosecuted and convicted a Black Florida mom to 20-years in prison for simply firing warning shots could not find the language to defend a Black child like Trayvon. (See, Injustice in America: Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots  and John Oliver video. See also, Conservative commentator, Larry Elder says "Every Neighborhood Needs A George Zimmerman? Racism is not a major problem in America anymore?" Larry Elder is a fool. You can't help free a slave who doesn't know he's a slave.)

The killer Zimmerman was naturally deemed by the mostly white jury, if Juror B37 is representative, to have a "good heart" despite stalking and murdering a Black child for no good reason. (Twitter Hero Who Single-Handedly Killed Zimmerman Juror B37"-s Book Deal.)

It is, in part, the false benevolence, false self image, the underpinning mythology of white "culture," its godly superiority and baseless projection of white universal love for all the humankind its killing, their glamorized self- delusions masking the white homicidal, repressive force that must collectively and continually be boycotted, denounced, exposed. (See, Zimmerman Verdict: The Slave Patrol Is Alive and Well in Florida; Boycott Florida Tourism until the "Stand Your Ground" law is overturned. Send a message to Florida; Stevie Wonder Boycotting Florida Following Zimmerman Verdict - Video.)

Racism is institutional. Racism is taught and white privilege is a benefit to every white and a minus for every Black, regardless of how much money each has or doesn't have or the innate compassion or critical anti-racist sentiment of the white. (See below four recommended articles written for whites by whites on Trayvon).

I don't know how the Ancestor's survived slavery. I don't know how we keep standing against the overwhelming barbarity of white supremacy and imperialism worldwide. Don't know.

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