Monday, July 15, 2013
With Zimmerman found not guilty, and Director Ryan Coogler recapping Oscar Grant’s last days on the big screen, the reoccurring injustices to the Black Male Body are painfully evident.
See Tinsel & Tine's Interview with filmmaker Ryan CooglerT&T: I was very moved by Fruitvale Station. Chris can tell you I was blubbering like a baby at the end. I haven't been to a tearjerker like this in quite a while. But what do you say to the critics that say it's manipulative and contrived. That based on true events still leaves a lot of room for the filmmaker to tell the story he wants to tell?
“Lady Liberty is now blind, deaf and dumb,” remarks Rashuan Williams, 19, while reading a poem off his smartphone at the Trayvon Martin Brotherly Love Vigil. Held this past Sunday in response to Zimmerman’s not-guilty verdict, more than 800 people convened in Philadelphia’s iconic Love Park – the site of a March 2012’s event bearing same name – to grieve with the Martin family and make a visual statement to the state of Florida.
“Freedom ain’t free for a black man,” continues Williams, wearing a hoodie and holding a can of Arizona ice tea. “The thirteenth amendment makes freedom free only behind bars at six feet beneath our feet. Manslaughter can be only considered manslaughter if you’re killing a man. So the current comprise is to equate the black man to 3/5 of the human, 3/5 of the man.”
“The system can’t fail those it wasn’t meant to protect,” reads a sign held by a protester.
“I felt like Trayvon Martin was part of my family. I’m heartbroken and completely disgusted by the system. If I had any faith in the system, it’s completely gone now,” states a protester during the open mic portion of the hour long event.
As the sun went down on Love Park more than 500 people stood; passing the microphone; sharing stories. The world today took notice. While the law views black male bodies as disposable, people across the country view them as assets. People across the country have embraced black male bodies they’ve never met. If you ask those people the value of the black male body, they’ll more than likely respond priceless.
About Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris:Born and raised in Philadelphia, Christopher Norris is an award-winning journalist and online content producer whose works can be seen on www.PhillyinFocus.com, www.FounderSync.com and Comcast’s Xfinity OnDemand. In 2013 Christopher Norris was recognized as a BMe Leadership Award Winner (Knight Foundation), Philly DoGooder “Emerging Leader” (Here’s My Chance) and “Brother of the Year” (Brothers’ Network). Norris currently serves as the CEO of Techbook Online Corporation, an integrated marketing and news organization he founded in 2009.About Techbook Online Corporation®:
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