GENERAL INTEREST

Social Networking Sites React to the Trayvon Martin Case

My phone is my only portal to the outside world until I get my Internet and cable set up, so I missed out on viewing the live verdict for the Trayvon Martin case. I found out that George Zimmerman was acquitted on all counts via text message and braced myself for the onslaught of rants, raves, and bible verses that would be spewed once I opened my social networking applications. My social networks did not disappoint. It seemed as if everyone had an opinion on the verdict.

Over the last week I noticed movements online to generate awareness about the case. I took note of the comments and of those who blacked out their profile pictures to show support.

I respect and appreciate everyone’s opinions. Freedom of speech is what this country was founded on. However, I’ve noticed a divide between those who comment on the issues and those who don’t.

I’m usually in the latter group. I’ve read comments accusing people like me of not caring about “the issues,” or being “too involved in their own lives” because we don’t dedicate our statuses or tweets to [insert issue here].

Just because I don’t comment on the injustices of our system doesn’t mean I am uninformed or care any less than those who do.

I have opinions, but I don’t feel a need to impose them on others. You can sit in front of your mobile device and comment on the case until your fingers go numb then post a picture of yourself getting ready for the club Saturday night and then a picture of yourself going to church Sunday morning. You can dig up every old Malcolm X quote there is and wax poetic on how things need to change, but unfortunately your statuses, comments, and pictures are just more of the same. Remember Kony 2012? What about Jena 6, or Troy Davis? I do. I remember the protests, the discussion, and the emotions.

We’ve been down this road before. Shoot, we live on this road right on the corner of Change, but we always veer left of it.

If you’re reading this post then you’re privileged. You have Internet and more important, you have the world at your fingertips. Don’t waste this moment by grandstanding on Facebook or Twitter. Get out there and DO something. And, when you’re done don’t come back and tell us about it because in time you’ll receive greater rewards than “likes,” or “retweets."

Take a breather, turn off the news, log out of all your social networks for the day and do this instead:

  1. Sign the NAACP’s online petition (only if you think justice wasn’t served)

  2. Go to your local movie theater and watch “Fruitvale Station”.

  3. Volunteer in your community.

  4. Always do your best and, “Be the change you wish to see in the world."

If it’s change you want then be logical and do what makes sense.