Agree or Disagree: The Trayvon Martin decision is a sign that there is really “Two Americas”
Although, I have seen lots,I myself haven’t really been able to contribute to the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman discussion.
I thought I would share you this article from a guy who I happen to have a lot of respect for. He has been one of the more thoughtful contributors to US Christianity. I know that there are many that disagree with him, but I do like what Brian Mclaren says in the article attached. I submit this portion of this that I think brings something to light.
Jesus said that true justice exceeds that of “the scribes and Pharisees” – and the same could be said of the prosecution and defense. Legal justice seeks only to assign guilt or innocence. Holistic justice works for the life, liberty, and well-being of all. And it especially works for reconciliation between the two Americas that can be identified by their reaction to the case.
One America now has more reason to believe that their sons can be presumed guilty until proven innocent without a reasonable doubt when they’re walking down the street armed only with Skittles and an iced tea.
The other America now has more reason to believe that they can get away with murder, or something close to it, as long as the victim is young and black and wearing a hoodie.
I didn”t know Trayvon Martin. I also don’t know George Zimmerman. I do wonder if this trial is evidence that we are seeing two different America’s. An America that is divided by their own political ambitions.
Or, if possible we can lean towards what Mclaren calls an “Emerging America”. He describes it like this.
Members of both Americas are coming together to form an emerging America that wants something better for all Americans. That emerging America wants us to deal deeply and honestly with our largely untreated, unacknowledged American original sin: a cocktail of white privilege, manifest destiny, and racism – in both its personal and institutional forms.
What do you think? Will the Trayvon Martin trial lead to more decision? Or a hope of coming together?