Milele Chikasa Anana, President of Umoja Magazine, Haywood Simmons, Owner of Phitness Plus, and Jackie and Darius Hunt joined Aaron Perry on the 8 O’Clock Buzz to discuss the the Trayvon Martin verdict.
There are so many emotions still surrounding the acquittal of George Zimmerman, reflected in all of the guests. Among these are anger, sadness, distrust and a feeling of injustice.
This injustice is a great one for the African-American community not because it is unique, but because Trayvon Martin is only one of many. President Obama, in a response to the Zimmerman verdict, stated, “There are very few African-Americans who have not had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had the chance to get off. That happens often.” Anana gave another example in the case of a 20-year-old African-American woman who has been sentenced to prison for 20 years just for firing warning shots at the ceiling to scare her abusive husband, compared to the 0 years that Zimmerman will serve.
To address this problem and continue to fight for equality Anana maintains that, “We need to believe in ourselves and one another.” Her plan is to show that there are more opportunities for African-American men than being an athlete or a criminal, and she wants to see every African-American child with an educated mentor/coach.