I cannot bring myself to write Sunday Morning Medicine. Not today. Like many of you, I am heartbroken over the George Zimmerman verdict. My heart aches, not only for Trayvon’s family, but for every young black man in this country. I find myself feeling helpless, enraged, and at a complete loss for words.
So, what do we do? Where do we go from here? I honestly don’t have an answer for that. I am still processing last night’s events. In the meantime, over at Tenured Radical, Claire Potter has eloquently captured the rage and sadness many of us are feeling this morning and offers some advice on how to channel our anger. She has generously allowed me to repost her essay here:
At Tenured Radical we, like so many others, are appalled and heartbroken at last night’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case. Between Shelby v. Holder and this case, it feels like we are spinning back in time.
To find a rally or Trayvon Martin protest near you, log-on to Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #NoJustice or #HoodiesUp. Hat tip.
To join the NAACP, go here.
To find your Congressperson to demand justice for Trayvon, gohere.
To give money to The Brotherhood-SisterSol, a New York community organization that organizes youth of color against racism, sexism, homophobia and violence, go here.
To call, write and email the Department of Justice to demand the reactivation of the federal civil rights investigation suspended after the Zimmerman indictment, go here.
To find out what you need to read as a white person to organize against racism, start here (thank you for this list, Eric Arneson.) To learn why white women like you and the Trayvon Martin jurors have a special obligation to address the history of racial violence against African-American men, go here. And while you are at it, read Jacquelyn Dowd Hall’s history of the Southern white women’s anti-lynching movement in the 1920s and 1930s, Revolt Against Chivalry.
To learn more about what people are doing to organize against NRA-sponsored laws like Stand Your Ground that encourage vigilantism, go here.
**Reprinted with permission from The Tenured Radical 3.0 over at the Chronicle of Higher Education.