Trayvon Martin. He is the topic of much controversy, and has been since his death in February of last year (2012). I don’t want to dwell on any of the particulars of the case in and of itself in this post. What I do want to do is make a plea to all those disgruntled, angered, appalled, devastated, and heart-broken individuals… Don’t let the George Zimmermans and Casey Anthonys of this world turn you into a bitter and angry person who distrusts the legal/judicial system and bad mouths it for everything you feel it did wrong or let slip through the cracks. We have become a nation of more talkers and less doers. The days of old when people like Dr. King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, and countless others are long gone. Those individuals saw a need for change and they made strides to exact those changes. Many of them died fighting for a cause they believed in. How far are you willing to go? What are you willing to sacrifice? Your time, your resources (money), your energy, your blood, sweat, and tears, and possibly your life?! If not, don’t talk about it.

YOU HAVE TO BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE. If the extent of what you can and will do does not extend beyond rants on social media web pages, don’t bother. Because until we as a people come together and make the necessary changes within our own families, our own neighborhoods, our own church groups, our own work places, our own lives and the lives of our children who will be our future, there will always be Trayvon Martins. There will always be hate. There will always be discrimination and racism. There will always be those who are acquitted wrongly and those who are convicted wrongly. Talking about it does not change it. Trayvon Martin is just one in thousands of children who lost their lives to senseless violence. But where are the headlines of the others? I’m not trying to diminish the severity of what happened to Trayvon Martin, but I’m just stating what’s real. After 9/11 the U.S. became a more prayerful nation. A time when we lost many lives and endless hope. But again, YOU HAVE TO BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE! My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin’s family. I would not want to be in their shoes… No one would. But at the same time, I am but one person, one voice. Alone, I can do very little. But together, we can all make a difference. I will end this post with a prayer that I’m sure many of us know well (the full prayer)…

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