Happy Birthday Trayvon! Our 21 Wishes for You

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Today is Trayvon Martin’s birthday. He would’ve turned 21 today. Likely to swap those Skittles and Iced Tea for a ceremonious Corona. Sadly we’ll never know because the last time he blew out his candles (at 17) a full month hadn’t passed where he could feel the full weight of them.

And with each milestone that passes we feel the anger and trauma. Yet, it can’t blind us from fulfilling the wishes Trayvon had and others just like him–Sean Bell, Akai Gurley, Freddie Gray and Mike Brown. But guide us to create our own wishlist in their honor.

1. We wish you an eternity of peace. Freedom from judgment and harassment for being who you are.

2. We wish you could see how strong your parents are coping, with you gone.

3. Our wish is that you’re an angel. A guardian angel protecting innocent lives and shielding them against evil in all its many forms.

4. We wish you have a never ending supply  of candy and Arizona Iced T wherever you are.

5. We wish you knew that you’re a history maker and tide changer. A symbol to a historic movement–not a statistic.

6. We wish your birthday, your life will never be forgotten.

7. We wish you could have made it to space, for real. But, we’ll settle with seeing you amongst the stars.

8. We wish football and snowboarding is as much fun in heaven as it is down here.

9. We wish you are roaming freely with your hoodie up.

10. We wish you are among good company.

11. We wish your life mattered more

12. We wish justice was served in your murder

13. We wish you could see the impact of your foundaton.

14. We wish you can see your brother grow into the man you should have been.

15. We wish your life mattered

16. We wish your life mattered

17. We wish your life mattered

18. We wish your life mattered

19. We wish your life mattered

20. We wish your life mattered

21. We wish you were here to keep wishing.

 

 

Happy 19th Birthday Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) Image Credit: Ebony Magazine

Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
Image Credit: Ebony Magazine

Today Trayvon would turn 19. It would’ve been his last year as a teenager, but instead he died one. At the risk of perpetuating a cliché, but an apropos one regardless, he will forever be young to us. It will remain a mystery if or when he would’ve shed the hoodie for a suit and tie. If he survived that horrible ordeal, how altered would he be? What would  his ambitions be? We all know those questions will never get answers nor will the ones for Jordan Davis

But that doesn’t mean we have to forget.  I remember not long ago Trayvon Martin remembrances were flooding my Facebook and Instagram news feeds. Now, you’re lucky if you get a blurb in a local newspaper. We are all guilty of a short memory (*hand raised*) and I don’t fault anyone for that. But, my fear is this will be the “new normal,” stand your ground will be the new lynching. And we’ve come to far, our forebears have sacrificed to much for us to journey backward, away from our rights to exist. To wear whatever we want on a drizzly night and feel secure enough in getting home safely. Play music as loud as we want without worrying about getting shot as a result of its volume. Seeking help and shelter with neighbors without fear of being looked at as a threat.

It’s not asking to much. To want to see your brown-skinned child grow up to be an adult. It may be Trayvon’s birthday, but that’s my wish for my unborn child and us all.

UPDATE: Sybrina Fulton posted this custom image up on her Twitter page.

Trayvon Martin Verdict Reaction & How Trayvon will be Remembered

I’m in a dark place writing this. Actually, I’m in a very weird space, almost like I’m encased in a dark room where I can’t recognize anything. I’m stumbling trying to find something, anything that looks recognizable, but I’m scared, confused and lost because I don’t know what I’m searching for because it was never found to begin with. These feelings wrapped around me like a blanket this evening when I heard two words leap out the judge’s mouth in the Trayvon Martin case, “not guilty.” Sadly, those were the two words I expected to hear, but hoping I didn’t. Nope, I was wrong again. Just like I was wrong about Sean Bell and too many others. These cases really give me perspective on where minorities stand in this country, and it’s almost like a mind fuck for me when, ironically, today I celebrated my brother’s 23rd birthday. And the Martin family is mourning the injustice of their 17-year-old son’s killer.

I don’t know if the verdict will ever be changed, but I do know that we have a choice never to forget. And there are several ways we won’t. 1) Contribute to The Trayvon Martin Foundation 2) Honor Trayvon’s memory. In that same vein, I want to highlight an anonymous artist who is keeping the Martin family present through artwork.

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shepard fairey

shepard fairey

To see all the artwork dedicated to Trayvon Martin visit http://artfortrayvonmartin.tumblr.com/.

Let’s continue to pray for the Martin family.

Sources:

Artwork for Trayvon

The Trayvon Martin Foundation