Niagara Gazette


July 19, 2013

HAMILTON: Trayvon, Zimmerman & the sympathetic jury


Niagara Gazette — Also, according to his mother, in two of the subjects that he was tested for remedial education at the state facility, the seventh-grader scored at the grade 12 level, and in a third, at grade 13.

“No wonder he was such trouble in school,” one might say. “He was bored to death.”

But, apparently, his school saw him as a black, Puerto Rican troublemaker and too often, in the apples and oranges classifications that some school systems categorize their students, nothing much was expected of him. Therefore, he went from bored to death to shot to death.

As said the songwriter, “It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind you; it’s what you leave behind you that counts.” What did Keane leave behind him? 

He left a godfather who dedicated himself to doing what he could to try to make sure that school systems don’t operate in a way that creates the consequences of my godson. That is why I worked so ardently with those who started the Niagara Charter School, and why I worked so hard for the Legends basketball courts and other such things. It was a way that I could find my lost godson in the persons of others.

So then, in your passion, what did Trayvon leave behind in you?

If it is bitterness, then it wasn’t Trayvon that left that. As the recently deceased Pastor Ruth preached, “If you want to know what’s in the soup, then just stir it up.” That bitterness was already in your soup, and you need to deal with it.

Trayvon should have inspired in you a need to make a positive contribution to reduce the events that took his life and others like him.

Remember that neither presidents nor any other publicly-elected person will potentially have a greater impact in your life than the person who wears that black robe. They have the final word in what, and in how long you will or will not be doing it, when you leave that courtroom. Juries are generally more powerful than are judges; they deemed George Zimmerman as innocent.

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