Trayvon Martin did not get the justice he deserved, but his memory will live on
Dear Trayvon Martin,
I wish you could have had a chance to live, I wish you could have had a chance to tell your story. Your’s is the only story we have yet to hear. Sometimes it’s hard to think that so much anger could come from one case, yet your case has become something that I wish you could have been alive to see.
As much as your family misses you, just know that they are not alone in the shedding of tears. So many weep for you, before and after the trial of your killer. The reason they weep is not only because you died so young, but that your death was easily avoidable.
You did not deserve to die Trayvon. It is hard for so many of us to imagine being treated the way you were while walking home in your own neighborhood. I will never understand the humiliations that come with being a young black kid in America, and the profiling that comes with it.
I have never been looked at with suspicion in the suburbs, I have never been targeted by “neighborhood watches” or police, I have never been stopped for random drug searches while my black neighbors are. I have not, and hopefully will not understand that stigma. The sad thing is, neither will you Trayvon. Never again.
If I could say something to you now, I would just say that I am sorry. I am sorry that the system has let you and so many others down. I am sorry that your family and friends have to endure the pain of your loss, and now endure the pain of knowing the man that killed you is going free. Most of all, I am sorry that you never got to tell your side of the story.
I wish you could be here, I wish that this was all a bad dream and that we’re only a moment away from waking up and everything going back to the way it was. That will not happen, but just know this Trayvon; you were not given the justice you deserved, but you have been given the proper memory you deserve.
People from across the country, of all colors, have rallied to your memory Trayvon. You are an exemplar of what is so wrong with the American systems of justice, as well as the stigma of racial targeting. You bring to light so many other cases of injustice that do not get the attention they deserve. Just know that you will be remembered in the hearts of all who fight against injustice in America. I just only wish you could have told your story. I wish you could have had a chance.