[MUSIC] Hi, I'm not a politician. I'm not a public speaker. I'm not the leader of the face of a movement. I'm a human being who like most of you who were completely shocked, saddened, hurt, afraid and completely outraged at the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. I simply wanted to be informed on how to turn this pain into some kind of activity so that the death of this young black man does not go in vain. Today is a day of education and it starts for me, right here with all of you. Your voices, your bodies gathered here today, to fight for our community. There's a fight for justice for Trayvon Martin. I ask all of you here today to let this be a starting point on a long journey for equality. This will not just be about gathering here today. This is a long road ahead of us. [SOUND] Yeah, thats right! That as a young person that's caught up with my daily ambitions and pursuits, I sometimes lose sight of educating myself on ways to be active in a sometimes, very twisted and confusing system. I've asked a few friends within the, the community here in Brooklyn and NAACP, to help gives us guidance and knowledge about what can be done. We can start by demanding that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Zimmerman. [CROSSTALK]. [NOISE] And we've provided a petition here today, and the NAACP will also provide other ways that you can sign the petition via online, via text message. Everyone here today has to leave with their voice being heard, everybody here. [NOISE] here, today, her name is Darlene actually texted me this, and I just wanted to end it with this. There is a new Trayvon Martin every day. So now it's up to us to plan, and strategize, and organize, and execute in the name of Trayvon Martin and all of our sisters and brothers here today. Thank you. [SOUND] [NOISE] [INAUDIBLE] Everyone thank you for coming.
The “hate or heritage” debate to take down monuments honoring Confederate heroes of the Civil War has been quite the uphill battle.
It began with Confederate flags, and the most recent removal was of a Robert E. Lee statue in New Orleans’ Jackson Square that garnered protests. Singer and movement music creator Solange Knowles knows just how to celebrate the win.
As reported by The Washington Post, in May the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee became the last of New Orleans’s four contested monuments to go, an end to more than 130 years of publicly honoring a man who embodied Southern pride and racial oppression.
“They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history,” said New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
“These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots.”
Also celebrating its removal was Solange Knowles, who took a selfie where the Confederate general who fought to break the South from the North as a means to continue slavery, stood.
“what’s good robert? who’s next?,” she tweeted.
Hopefully, this is one of the many steps made to break down symbols of racism and injustice masked as patriotism.