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George Zimmerman, 'Not Guilty' A Travesty Of Justice?Poem by Luke Easter Salem-News.com
Luke Easter makes a number of indisputable points in this poem.
(CLEVELAND) - Too little is being done to save Black youth on a daily basis in America, and yet the death of Trayvon Martin is dominating headlines day after day. Of course the Martin case involving George Zimmerman is about much more than a single life. It is about justice and gun rights and racism and the acceptance of the completely avoidable shooting death of a boy.
Zimmerman isn't an example of the bigger problem. Black on Black crime is taking place every day in America's inner urban cities. As the economy spirals downward and jobs become harder to find, programs to help people become less available and Blacks increasingly fill our prisons and jails, it doesn't need to be this way.
Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.
We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.
Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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