Zimmerman verdict: Wise words from moms of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till

Zimmerman verdict: Wise words from moms of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till

In Romans 8:28 of the Bible, it states that  “…all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” But it is hard to see the good after the George Zimmerman verdict of not guilty.  Good is not always revealed to us immediately after a tragedy, but it comes in time. Those who rest on God’s promises understand that.  Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mom is one of those people. She said in a Huffington Post interview last year, “I kept on asking why me, why Trayvon. But now I know that God has called Trayvon. He was chosen…” She also said, “If Trayvon can die and no one pays a price, it can be someone else’s child next time. This isn’t only about our family, it’s about all families. It’s about all children. Trayvon is everyone’s child.”

Another African-American mother said  similar words over 60 years ago. Her teenage son was murdered in Mississippi by white hands, and the killers acquitted. Mamie Till, Emmett Till’s mother said this: “Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, ‘That’s their business, not mine. Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all!

Over a half century later we still are in the struggle for justice. Let’s take to heart the wise words of these mothers, to not lose sight and fight the good fight against injustice for our children. Let it continue to be the business of us all…for the eventual good.  

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