The Zimmerman case and verdict have rocked this nation. But out of such an ugly and unnecessary event, a few good things are happening:
- People are mobilizing again. Truth is, most of us had become complacent, myself included. Things are not as bad as they used to be, we tell ourselves. We have rights and equality, we tell ourselves. But the handling of Zimmerman's case, and his subsequent verdict of "not guilty" have been like pulling the scab off a very ugly wound that had never really healed. And so people have now taken to the streets. People have realized that we need to continue fighting because equality has been elusive, at best.
- The president has finally spoken about race. Some of White America doesn't understand, or wants to understand what being "other" is like. Now, I don't mean that all White people don't understand, because something beautiful that we have seen is a that a big number of the people marching for justice have been White. However, plenty of people insist that we are making too big of a deal about this. We are not. And it is wonderful that the president has finally shown some backbone on this issue and addressed the fact that being Black in America is like being a second class citizen at times.
- Rachel Jeantel has received a full ride scholarship. This young lady has demonstrated tremendous amounts of strength throughout this whole process. She lost a dear friend, and has been attacked from all directions. But people often forget that she is still only a teenager. I am glad that she is getting an opportunity to better her life. Also, she is considering studying law enforcement. I'm sure this experience will equip her with insight onto how to make her community better as a law enforcement officer, or in whichever direction she ultimately decides to take.
- Trayvon's brother, Jahvaris Fulton, is now interning with Rep. Fredrica Wilson, D-Fla. Now, I'm not saying that this is in direct relation to the case, but it's good to see that his older brother is also moving forward in a very positive manner.