Over the past week I’ve been mentally composing a response to share through the Kapor Center blog about the Trayvon Martin slaying, the Zimmerman verdict, and the maddening wounds of racial inequity and discord that the case has laid bare in the US. I’ve read and participated in social media op-eds, campaigns, and memes about this controversy. Much has been written, ranging from eloquent to depraved, but given that racial justice is at the core of our collective work at the Kapor Center, I felt we’d be remiss if we didn’t say anything. Rather than speaking solo, I’ll share these Twitter-length thoughts of some of my colleagues:
All week I have been trying to think of some original, profound way to express my anger at this injustice. But as a mother, I only come back to one, fundamental truth: no parent should have to bury their child. – Nicole
Events and decisions like these are indicators of how much progress (or lack thereof) our nation has made on the path toward civil rights, the path toward valuing and treating each human life the same regardless of race. We still have a very long way to go. – Tiffany
I humbly offer that now is a time to be powerful in compassion for those who are experiencing this tragedy as profound loss, later drawing that empathy into the radical belief that, in fact, we all do better when we all do better. – Mario
Let our healing come through the relentless pursuit towards dismantling the various systems that proliferate (or promote) the injustices, inequities, and racial disparities that are failing this nation. – Justin
Proud to be involved in/have launched the types of positive programs for young African American men that our President described in his moving statement: College Bound Brotherhood, SMASH, SMASH Prep. – Mitch & Freada
In the end, #Justice4Trayvon means sustained action to improve the systems that undergirded this tragedy – perceptions, profiling, & policies – in moving toward our more perfect Union.