Sinead O’Connor Asks “Black People, Why Are You Killing Each Other?”

March 26, 2012  |  

Sinead O’Connor has never hesitated to speak her mind and this time the Irish singer/songwriter has taken a strong stance against the injustice in Trayvon Martin’s case with a five-page open letter on her website.

Sinead starts the letter on a somber note, but wastes no time pointing her finger at the obvious ignorance surrounding his shooting.

“I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved
ones of murdered teenager, Treyvon Martin,” she wrote. “I am very sad today (and am certain the
whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Treyvon’s terrifying ordeal and horrified by the
fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the
crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race.
For those out there who believe black people to be less than pure royalty, let me
inform you of a little known, but scientifically proven, many times over, FACT. Which
after reading, you will hopefully feel both very stupid and very sorry. For you dishonor
your own mothers and grandmothers.

EVERY human being on earth, no matter what their culture, creed, skin colour, or
nationality, shares one gene traceable back to one African woman. Scientists have
named it ‘The Eve Gene’. This means ALL of us, even ridiculously stupid, ignorant,
perverted, blaspheming racists are the descendants of one African woman.”

More than blaming racist blind eyes, Sinead also sees Trayvon’s murder as an opportunity for African American youth to start a revolution of their own—one they’ve only heard about from stories of black America in the 1960s.

“And black youth in America. I’m talking to you here too. I love you. So I don’t mean
to sound cross, I’m just being a mother.. Why are you killing each other? Why are
you hating yourselves? You are the most important people God ever sent to this
earth, every man, woman and child among you! Don’t let uneducated people win
and take your self-esteem or your esteem for each other, and make you kill each
other. over guns, drugs, bling, or any other nonsense.

You are now entering YOUR version of a sort of civil rights movement and you’re
gonna see history being made in what has certainly the profoundest potential to
become THE most wonderful country on earth. Because soon ALL ‘isms’ and ‘ists’
will end. including racism, as the people of the earth begin to understand, we are all
one.”

Sinead goes on to talk about how music can be the unifier in the racial divide plaguing American society and implores black youth to not be guided by rap music, while also urging all musicians to speak out against George Zimmerman’s crime.

“Musicians all over the world should now gently demand this child’s killer be arrested
immediately and the family of Treyvon Martin be immediately apologized to upon
bended knee. Frankly… I myself would like an apology! America is a country I love
and adore. what this man has done is un-American in the most horrific extreme.
Him not being arrested is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint
the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the
kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know.

“Please.. ALL Americans should deplore this crime. As should ALL people of ALL
nations. And deplore the fact this man has not been arrested. All Irish people should
do the same. And I ask that we here in Ireland should express through our American
embassy that we would like to see this man arrested this very minute. Because
racism is not acceptable. Nor is vigilantism. And this was very clearly in no way at all
a case of self-defense. The child was un armed. I know not if he was misbehaving.
But a 17 year old un armed child misbehaving, whether he was or not, does not
deserve to be shot dead.”

All I can say is two snaps. Well said, Sinead. Well said.

Read the entire open letter on her website here. Are Sinead’s convictions on point?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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