I [Detroit Branch NAACP] was pleased to work in coalition with the UAW, LA SED, faith based organizations, Detroit 300, the Police Department, Rainbow PUSH, United Communities of America, National Action Network, and Detroit Council of Baptist Pastors. This coalition came together to deal with the issue of youth violence in general with a focus on the injustice surrounding the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin of Florida in particular.
While we recognize the tremendous issues concerning violence in our own communities which has been and is always addressed by the many rallies, prayer vigils, community patrols and efforts of the Detroit police Department, we still can join hearts and minds over the Trayvon Martin issue. The issue is not the wearing of a hood. The issue is really the bearers of that which is no good. We have not yet arrived at the point where we can do what Dr. King prescribed generations ago “to judge each other not by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.” Whether in Detroit, Florida, New York, California or Alabama, an “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (MLK). Thanks to all for your support and your participation, now let’s get busy and get to work to rebuild our communities.