So all of this time, I have been comparing Robert Ethan Saylor’s case to Trayvon Martin’s. They run on along a similar parallel: an innocent young man is killed in a senseless, violent act.
I stopped the comparison after the killing as Martin’s family, community and national organizations representing his race, rallied with force and fury to bring his killer to a trial.
In Saylor’s case, it was only his family and a sprinkling of community members who rallied for his justice.
The life of a young man with Down syndrome seemed so unvalued, so easy to toss aside. So easy to say, “yeah, he had Down syndrome”. He deserved to die.
And all of this time, in the months since we initially began calling for #justiceforethan, never in my wildest dreams did I ever – EVER! – think George Zimmerman, the man who killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin – would be released “not guilty.”
Who the fuck walks away from KILLING a kid walking home, carrying some candy?
What can possibly allow that to happen, to have that be okay?
– the answer is: the same country that allows 3 men to walk away, 3 men who held down a young man, crushed his larynx, filled his lungs with blood and brutally killed him over a movie ticket.
The American judicial system said that was okay.
There is something so powerfully and fundamentally wrong here, I am stumbling over words. I only know a few things to be true:
- The impossible, the unthinkable is happening and being allowed: the innocent are being killed over literally nothing
- Murderers are hiding behind the shield of racial and disability prejudice
- The system is failing us: we need justice for AMERICA