The unjust verdict that freed killer George Zimmeran last week is almost unbelievable.
I say almost because with a $400,000 defense team most folks would stand a good chance of getting off. That money was raised through donations from one website put up & promoted by his attorneys so his supporters could send their donations to one place.
In the aftermath, Martin supporters have done an excellent job of protesting, petitioning and campaigning calls for justice. Very effectively, almost to the point where the DOJ may reopen their investigation & possibly try Zimmerman on civil rights violations
But there’s a big problem in the black community when it comes to consolidating our efforts to seek justice. Random national protests, especially these do a lot to create awareness & force the government to action. But unless these efforts are consolidated where there’s a huge number of people under one organization, these protests will eventually become little more than be a nuisance to local police departments & the country at large.
The only thing this country really responds to is threats to the economy or corporations losing dollars. If all the organizations around the country joined together to protest by boycotting businesses in Florida the response would be astronomical.
BUT and this is a big but, it will have to be 100’s of millions Martin supporters, vowed to boycott Florida based corporations & products, other corps that do business with Florida & celebrities that performed there. Then their economy would tank & we’d see legislators take action. If only a couple thousand supporters tweet boycott Florida, join Facebook groups and apply no pressure, these billion dollar corporations can easily absorb small losses & ignore it.
History confirms this. Look at the results of the aftermath of the deaths of Amaduo Diallo, Sean Bell and Oscar Grant. All had large protests, outcries for justice and memorial organizations created in their honor. Aside from the Bell memorial org, that runs a children center, the rest are bankrupt and have no impact on lobbying for laws to prevent racially profiled deaths. You can verify all of this at Find the Best which tracks all non profits.
Don’t we want the results to be different this time? Don’t we want real change and an end to racially profiled killings? Or do we just want to be reactionary every time one high-profile case happens?
If you want change, I would encourage everyone interested in seeking justice for the Martin Family & an end to racially profiled deaths to encourage their individual organizations to become consolidated in their efforts. This way the numbers will be in the millions & effective at getting something systematically done. 500 different organizations all trying to accomplish the same goal won’t have that of impact. The civil rights movement taught us that much.
All the Facebook book groups should unite, Tweeters should meet & plan campaigns similar to the #StopRush movement, which was wildly successful getting sponsors to drop Limbaugh’s show. Local offline groups should join a centralized movement & act in concert. Really the NAACP should be spearheading this effort, but if you’ve noticed over the past 20 years they don’t get involved until relatives have begged, churches have already formed local coalitions or a case is over (see what they haven’t done for Marissa Alexander & 100’s of others).
I’m begging the leaders that have the ear of the country to form an organization specifically for this cause, so that all groups & individuals can join to make real change this time. We can protest only so long in decentralized groups & make a temporary impact until the next racially profiled death get’s attention.
Or we can take a page from groups like #StopRush, PollyKlass Foundation or hell even Zimmeran’s attorney’s that consolidated their efforts & dollars to free him.
Let’s get it right this time.
PS Kudos to Stevie Wonder for taking a stand. Please encourage all African-American & justice supporters to do the same thing. No, African-American would have the rights they do today if our predecessors didn’t fight & die for them. Don’t be an ungrateful beneficiary.
Don’t live or plan to travel to Florida? Here’s a list of Florida based corporations so you can still tweet them & boycott them,
Florida Based Companies Some you won’t recognize like Darden’s but they own Red Lobster & Olive Garden, so click on them to see what business they run.
Also after I originally wrote this, Jesse Jackson has come forward to ask for national boycott.