Suspicious. It is a state of mind and being that I have endured since birth. Trayvon Martin should have known better, because he too has been Suspicious since before he was conscious of such a word. Suspicious is as American as ‘terrorist fist bump’, ‘keep the border to Mexico closed’, apple pie, ‘blah people’… it is entrenched in the lexicon of this country.
For all of you who are upset that Trayvon is dead, I apologize on his behalf. It is not as if he was born with every advantage of say.. a non-suspicious person. If he had chances are he would have never been seen as suspicious for merely walking down a street. Or walking near a non-suspicious woman with a purse. Or reaching for his wallet. Or being a cop making an arrest while having his gun out of his holster. Maybe the taxi company or pizza company would have come to his neighborhood without hesitation.
He should have known better.
Suspicious people everywhere are not surprised by Trayvon’s case. Even hearing him beg for help does not really stir the soul. Afterall, Suspicious people have been running from Non-Suspicous people with guns since America, the land for all people who have been bestowed inalienable rights, was founded. The sad part…the scary part is before the year is out Trayvon will be a memory because a few more Suspicious people will have been disposed of in similar ways for even more Suspicious reasons.
It is funny. Just a couple of weeks ago Non-Suspicious people were up-in-arms over the brutality of Joseph Kony. They wanted heads. Before that it was bin Laden. Ahmadinejad. Qadhafi. Hussein. All men of Suspicion. All dead or being hunted.
Ask yourself, who killed Trayvon? Who beat Rodney King? Who shot Eleanor Bumpurs? Who killed Amadou Diallo? Who killed Emmit Till? Why are these vigilantes.. these thugs who live right here at home and in our neighborhoods not afforded the same lights, stature, media attention and venom as our Suspicious brothers from Africa? Why are they not infamous? Are domestic terrorists not a more direct obstacle to the everyday way American life?
This post is dedicated to Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant,Ousmane Zongo and all others who have been or will be victimized simply for being Suspicious in America.