How should the evangelical church help to "solve this race problem?" The answer is the same as it was 50 years ago: not just by sparking a "national conversation," but by examining our hearts and reforming our laws. That is how we start to reconcile that segregated Sunday morning.
George Zimmerman's defense suggested he presumed Trayvon guilty of something. He did not afford Trayvon the luxury of presumed innocence.The jury's verdict did nothing to dispel this view.
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I was a guest at the American Black Film Festival in South Beach a few weeks back -- right around the time the jury was chosen for the George Zimmerman trial -- showing my new film The Suspect.
We hoped that just this once, America would show signs of healing. We cannot lose another innocent child so maybe, just maybe, this time we have not only a teachable moment but also a solutions moment.
The Zimmerman case is a wake-up call for all Americans: black, white, young, old. It is a disgusting devaluation of life and social bonds in favor of the material good.
What's most unsettling about Martin's fate is that no black parent -- no matter how watchful or even paranoid -- would have thought to issue a warning against "walking with Skittles."
While his words were poignant and necessary, they will ring hollow if he does little else going forward to give voice to the millions of Americans of all colors who want to change our culture for the better.
As I observed how Jeantel had been eviscerated on social media -- by blacks and whites -- because of her excruciating testimony and her appearance (she was ridiculed for resembling Gabourey Sidibe's character in Precious), Zora Neale Hurston's ruminations on race sprang to mind.
I know and work with dozens of brilliant leaders who are developing a coherent national advocacy strategy and polished, well-produced campaigns to share with the world. But that takes time -- and right now, it doesn't feel like we have any to waste.
Trayvon Martin is a victim. But Rachel Jeantel is a victim as well. An almost illiterate 19-year-old who can barely verbalize what it is she witnessed, Jeantel must have known how easily her credibility would be publicly shattered. Her bravery in even taking the stand is stunning.
From clothing to intoxicants, what is normal and innocuous in another context becomes sinister when associated with black men and boys.
We all risk living in the next Detroit. A true memorial for Trayvon Martin would be a federal full employment bill with guarantees that its benefits would reach into every city and town, every racial and ethnic group, and every family and household in the nation.
The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.