Monthly Archive: March 2012

The Ides Of March – Justice for Trayvon Martin

Things have been very stressful for me lately. So much that I felt like riding my cannondale to Narita airport and taking off on the next plane to the U.S. I’ve been equally disturbed by the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Like so many other people I want justice. I’m equally angered by black on black crime. So many people protest about the police but they are not protesting about other things that many of them can change right in their communities.

Politics in the U.S. has become visceral. Whenever there is an economic crisis fascism appears. There is a movement headed by the Koch brothers to usurp power in the U.S. with ready-made conservative legislation (’s not only in the U.S. but all over the world.  People need to wake up and understand what is happening because it is this type of movement which ultimately led to gun laws that protect Trayvon Martin’s murderer.

Many of us want jobs to support ourselves but the reality is that many corporation have sold us out for big profits. We love Steve Jobs and his legacy but Apple product are made in China. Even his widow made this clear to President Obama when they met after Jobs died. Some of the jobs we want are not coming back. They are gone. Some of this is due to technology. Some of it is due to greed. Probably most of it is due to greed.

So, yeah I want to go home but to what? To streets filled with violence and want or to people united for change. I’m a father and a teacher. We can’t have both ways sometimes. People like sports but what is really going on? That’s what you have to ask yourself. Trayvon Martin needs justice and the world needs justice. The world also needs tolerance and understanding. There is too much at stake. Any little things we do each day can go a long way towards helping to make the world a better place. It sounds corny but it works.  You never know, it might be you out there one night or even in the day time and someone may profile you and decide to pull the trigger.