With the recent verdict in the George Zimmerman trial it has really caused a lot of anger and frustration in the Black community. Some have rallied, some have rioted and some have just gotten mad and did nothing. Whatever we decide to do if we really want to look at long term solutions we will have to do more than shout, “No Justice, No Peace.”
Whenever we talk about problems in the Black community we always run into a problem. The problem is that we spend so much time talking about the problem and figuring out who is to blame that we don’t have any energy left to work on solutions. Well here are 5 things we can do if we truly want to honor Trayvon Martin’s memory and none of them involve a rally.
Give to the Boys and Girls club or a charity that supports youth. Now if you don’t have money you can give time. Just think what good it would do if everyone that is upset about the George Zimmerman verdict gave either $5 or 5 hours a week to a charity that supports Black youth. Think of how many lives could be changed forever if we just did that.
Mentor a young boy or girl. Groups are great, but sometimes a more personal touch is needed. Do you know a boy or girl that may need mentoring? How about just picking one. Maybe it is a niece or nephew? Maybe it is the child that is growing up in the fatherless home. Whoever it is I am sure if you look around hard enough you will find some child that needs guidance.
Volunteer in school. Whether it is the PTA or the local literacy program, why not volunteer in a school in your neighborhood. This way you could help some of the overworked and underpaid teachers. You could also directly influence the morals and values of our youth. Do not wait until a school closes to step up and make a difference.
Hug and kiss your kids more. I don’t have any children, but I can’t imagine that this tragedy hasn’t made every parent want to hold their kids a little tighter. Make sure you tell your kids that you love them. Make sure they know how important they are too your life. You never know when it will be the last time you get that chance so make the most of every moment.
Do something. I know that maybe a little vague, but this one I will leave up to you. I mean do something instead of attend a rally? Haven’t we had enough of those? Has anything gotten better in the long run? Holding up signs and shouting will not make the difference we want to see in our communities.
Well there are 5 things you can do to honor the memory of Trayvon Martin. None of them require a rally. None of them require government intervention. There is not bill that has be passed or a vote that needs to be taken. All it takes is effort and concern. Now the question is will you be concerned enough to do it or will you just post on Facebook the location of the next rally? The choice is yours.