We all know the tragic story of Trayvon Martin. He should have turned 21 years young today and celebrating like all 21 year olds do. Many smart people have written about the horrible murder since it occurred, but a few more have in recent days with today being his birthday.
John H. Richardson of Esquire tells the story of of what was lost on that February night years ago. He prefaced his story with this great quote
If we’re going to talk about him, if we’re going to make a symbol out of him after a death he did not deserve, we should have the decency to take one long look inside the coffin.
Shaun King of the New York Daily News opened up and had this to say about many of the “should’s” in America.
First aid should’ve been immediately administered to Akai Gurley and Eric Garner and Cedrick Chatman and Eric Harris when police unnecessarily used lethal force against them.
A teenage girl at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina should’ve had a letter sent home to her parents instead of being pulled violently from her desk by a police officer and tossed across the room like a rag doll.
Sandra Bland should’ve been given a warning or a ticket instead of being assaulted and arrested.
And young Trayvon should have been blowing out birthday candles with his mom and dad.
America should be so much better.
Rest In Peace Trayvon, and Happy 21st Birthday.