It’s hard to believe that it was only 18 months ago that we lost Trayvon Martin. In the explosive time since that fateful night, February 26, 2012, generations of Black America have come to terms with the fact that we live in a country that often eats its young—our young.
To be 17, Black and male, specifically, is tantamount to a crime, so said the actions of a certain George Zimmerman, Trayvon’s killer. After an emotional trial in the state of Florida, so too, it seems, said a jury of Zimmerman’s peers.
African-Americans across the country clenched their hearts at the news of Zimmerman’s acquittal. Our president—a man who could have been Trayvon’s father—spoke plainly about the pain of racial profiling and the injustices faced by Black males in this country.
Alas, justice comes in many forms—and the struggle for it is protracted. For the past year and a half, the EBONY family has borne witness and reported back the facts and feelings surrounding this groundbreaking case. We have talked to the Martin family, we have talked to legal experts and we have talked to you, Black America. We stand committed to sharing the Black perspective with the world.
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