I’ll admit that I was excited about the “celebrity” boxing match featuring the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin. I was all for that person getting in the ring to be pummeled by a celebrity. Some justice is better than no justice, right? Then Stop The Fight started. Once again, I witnessed Social Media moving mountains.
While some of us were giddy at the prospect of the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin, being some rapper’s punching bag, there were more mature voices that saw the bigger picture in this whole fiasco. These voices asked the important questions and pointed out the obvious.
Since admittedly fatally shooting an unarmed Black child, the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin has been on top just undeservingly winning at life. Without public outcry he would have never been indicted. Trayvon may have been just another statistic, another Black boy “lost.” The second slap in the face came when a not guilty verdict was handed down despite his smug confession. Even though the verdict was inevitable, we still cried for Trayvon and prayed for his parents. The heartbreak and pain was very real for the child we embraced as our own.
The person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin then enjoyed continued immunity for violent and unstable behavior. There was that attempt to make us believe that he was some kind of misunderstood hero but that went out the window quickly. He is a monster and not just somebody that was attacked and stood their ground.
Let us not forget the time, the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin, decided that he was a painter. Not only was he a painter, he was one deserving to be paid. I am appalled that someone paid for the painting. I can almost be certain that the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin is not that great of an artist and the purchase was more a morbid fascination with this man or even worse, a celebration of sorts for the murder of a black child.
I’m not sure where we went wrong and let the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin notoriety become celebrity status. When did his presence become celebrated and not shunned? How did he go from being someone we detested to someone that we were willing to make richer? How quickly we forgot our anger, the protests, and the rallies.
In the name of “some kind of justice” were we really willing to let the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin yet again profit from his death? Think about what goes into a boxing match. There is the promoter who expects a paycheck. To get that paycheck he has to hype his event up ensuring that there will be sponsors and an audience. I hear the fight was going to be on pay per view making it a pretty big deal. Let’s not forget that the involved parties were not going to fight for free. We all know that the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin does not deserve a dime and in my opinion DMX should not be enabled to do a thing other than check into a rehab facility.
Stop the Fight was instrumental in making us reflect. I was not on board with this cause for all the wrong reasons. I am glad the petitioning and protesting brought about change for all of the right reasons. Let’s stop giving the person responsible for the death of Trayvon Martin shine. Let’s remember why we fought for Trayvon. Let Sabrina Fulton rest by letting this man’s name die.