The Spirit of Lynching Lives On – The Secondary Tragedy Behind The Murder of Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

As we learn more and more about details surrounding the murder of Trayvon Martin, we are confronted with a tragedy on many levels. As the days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months another crime is being perpetrated.

I’m reminded of some of the feelings I had after I reading the book, “At The Hands Of Persons Unknown” – by Phillip Dray

The title of the book is derived from the cases where a Black person was lynched and the sham of the murder investigation that followed determined that the death was “at the hands of persons unknown”. -therefore inconclusive. No justice served.

Here’s an excerpt from my review:

“How did we survive? When did it stop? It is clear that the spirit of lynching lives on. (Rodney King, Yusef Hawkins, Amadou Diallo, James Byrd Jr.) If this phenomenon were to resurface today, what would we do to counter it? Can we depend on the collective white consciousness? How about our own political influence? Or perhaps we could look to our leaders…”

(Note: Since this was written, in 2008, we could add dozens of young Black men to this list.)

Today, since we are more connected through a more dense population and technology, the clandestine murder of a Black person is nearly impossible -sans witnesses, security footage, DNA evidence, etc. However, despite the abundance of evidence, institutionalized racism is reluctant to serve justice even though Trayvon Martin was murdered at the hands of person KNOWN. Every minute that passes without an arrest of the alleged murder is a reminder that spirit of lynching lives on. What a shameful tragedy!

It’s not about the NRA lobby or the “Stand Your Ground” law. It’s not about Hoodies or character witnesses coming forward on FoxNews.

This is a glaring example of modern institutionalized racism. It’s tangible.  Make no mistake about it.

My heart goes out to Trayvon’s parents as they mourn the loss of their child and demand justice. I admire the poise they’ve shown. I can’t begin to imagine what they are going through.

I will never forget the story of this young man.

k*NO*w Justice!

k*NO*w Peace!



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