It’s no secret George Zimmerman’s acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murder has caused a national uproar. As African-Americans try to navigate an American judicial system that doesn’t seem to have their back, many black celebrities have written letters to the younger generation via social media. Scandal gladiator and Dartmouth graduate Columbus Short is the latest to write an exquisite letter on how African Americans must take inventory on their current societal standing as well as how Black men should not become stagnant in how they expect their manhood to evolve. Short writes:
As I have sat and listened to debate after debate, in depth analysis and tempered opinions on “The Verdict” I couldn’t help but feel helpless, frustrated, hurt and yes, angry. As I plummet into the labyrinth of my mind in search of answers, solutions, or a way I could help subdue the burning desire for things to change, my only recourse was to start writing.
Presume we step back and take pause for a moment. Pause to take a cultural and personal inventory on where we have come as a people. As oppose to being blinded by the present emotional and economical condition of our nation, our community. What if we begin by acknowledging some of the triumphs, rather than becoming consumed solely by the injustice? I ask these questions for one reason being, that if I reflect and remember just how far we’ve come, instead of sitting and stewing over what has happened, I am now ensuring that I am not going to allow this “Decision” to stifle me as a human being nor as a black man in America.
It may seem quite pretentious and easy to hear coming from my heart. However, I assure you I experience the same profiling and discrimination daily regardless of what I happen to do for a living. We must recognize that if we allow this particular ‘lost battle’ in the continuing war, that is ‘Race In America,’ to take us backwards, we will be backtracking and negating the progress that we have already made to date.
Columbus later went on to explain how rioting or looting is not the answer, but for African-Americans to investigate what companies funded the defense team of George Zimmerman so they may solicit the economic growth of them. He concluded by reinforcing the idea that those who are living and are of African descent are the survivors of racial profiling. By being survivors, there should be a cultural evaluation of how African-Americans can take control of their representation. By doing so, Short suggested African-Americans implement how they should be treated by their counterparts as well as each other.
To read Columbus Short’s full letter, click here.
Do you agree with Columbus’s take on race relations in America?