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Saturday night, when the verdict came down, it was difficult to be a concert because there was so much pain.  And that morning I was on a conference call to 5:30 in the morning with young folks worldwide who were just expressing pain and agony, went down to the White House with some Alphas and Deltas and others and non-Greeks gathered because they had just an expression of outrage; last night on a conference call 2,000 folks, same thing.

This should be this generation’s Emmett Till.  This death of Trayvon Martin should be the spark, the catalyst, that causes this generation of young people to stand up and say this is going to go from a moment to a true movement.  Because there are other Trayvon Martins out there.  Jordan Davis’s trial is coming up where he was shot and killed by a guy firing his gun into a SUV and declaring “Stand Your Ground.”

This is when black folks, this is when mothers and fathers need to stop shielding their children from the pain and agony of racism and bigotry and let them know that no, you need to feel the pain.  It needs to burn in your belly; it needs to be in your heart.  It needs to be seared in the minds of people today just like Emmett Till’s murder was.  I’m not saying it was the exact same circumstances, but guess what, two black kids are a dead as a result.

So, how do we begin to mobilize it? I believe that we need to have a 21st century student nonviolent coordinating committee.  We need to have the young folks in Detroit, in New Orleans, in Charlotte, in Chicago, in Sanford, in all of the cities across the country saying how are you mobilizing on the local level.

That means not just voting, not just registering, but it also means when it comes to peer pressure, when it comes to dealing with black on black violence.  When it comes to dealing with education, economics.  Because the reality is we have a future generation that now is scared to go to the store to buy some candy because they might be labeled and racially profiled by a George Zimmerman and they might not come home to see their family as a result.

And so we can stay in here and go to work and be mad.  We can have bitterness, and rage, and anger, and we can have fire and theory.  But as Doctor King said, you must use that and transfer it into a powerful force that will cause America to say, oh, my God, we have rekindled something in this generation that we thought we had long ago buried.

And so what should the final motivation be for us, Tom?  The same thing the Tuskegee Airmen said.  When they said we will fight to the hour, to the minute, to the second we will fight, we will fight, we will fight.

And as long as we sit here and just be mad and don’t transfer it into a true movement, then we going to have the same conversation in a year, in five years.

Now is the time for this generation to say it happened to Emmett Till and our ancestors didn’t lie down and take it.  It happened to Trayvon, we shouldn’t lie down and take it.

16 thoughts on “Roland Martin’s Call to Action: ‘So, How Do We Begin to Mobilize?’

  1. Young black high school super stars of basketball and football are planning to boycott SYG states. IThey choose one of tdozens of colleges offers that do not include colleges in SYG states.

    Professional scouts can recruit their talent at any college.
    But these professional athletes started as college stars.

    The young black athletes are BIG money makers for these colleges. Since their is no compassion and plenty of indifference to the value of an unarmed young black life. Blame the dead teen. Paint him the boogey man. Now feel good about.

    Well maybe these SYG states will understand getting hit in the pocket when these same fresh out of high school boys(ages 16-19 yro) don’t play for them, but instead bring billions to non SYG states.

    STAND YOUR GROUND BLACK BOYS. CHOOSE OTHER STATES TO BE A CHAMPION IN. STARTING WITH FLORIDA. Go state by state.

  2. Oh sir you are probably overweight individual that secretly obsess with blacks. Let me guess probably raised in the suburbs but your father probably was abusive to you and your mother was a drunk. So you blame blacks because you are loser! hahahaha. I know your kind the underachiever. Hey get life and one more thing tell the kids in suburbs stop with shootings because they get bullying. lol

  3. Uncle G on said:

    Us Black folk in America should do two thing to express disapproval of the Trayvon Martin Murder verdict. Boycott Florida companies headquartered in Florida. Blacks should not vacation in Florida or buy anything coming out of Florida. And here is another thing. Florida colleges make tons of revenue from their sports programs that have numerous Black atheletes. We should get our best Black college atheletes to not play for these Florida colleges. I am going to root against every Florida team there is.

  4. Uncle G on said:

    The Trayvon Martin murder case is a symptom of a deeper problem. White racism toward Blacks in America. Whites casually regard themselves as superior to Blacks. Blacks pay the same taxes, have to abide by the same laws. But, do not have the same protections because our rights are not enforced. White police kill more inccent lives than they save.

  5. Everyone should boycott Roland Martin. He is a racist! The focus should be on victims and not the color of a kids skin. We’ll never get to the “Dream” with this type news.

  6. Katherine Browning on said:

    Do our youth know Emmett Till? They must read his story. Etch Trayvon and Emmett in their hearts and minds.

  7. jose on said:

    Ask the Occupy Wall street Crowd your boycott will work about the same
    Parents here are signing on to the liberal rhetoric “open season on black men, were to go from here? not Florida” Really How about don’t go to Detroit. Oakland, Atlanta.. you worry about Zimmerman shooting your son? How about the “Other that white”
    that uses him for target practice in a drive-by it’s FAR MORE LIKELY that’s how he’ll meet his end. That’s were our focus needs to be

  8. Esther on said:

    We mobilize by creating an online registry of citizens who want to take meaningful action. We march in Sanford. Then we use our most powerful tool: boycott.

    We sit out on jobs and we start by identifying companies that allow racism and one by one we boycott them until we shake the US economy.

  9. Jiggy5 on said:

    We can start by having our youth remove their social media accounts that refer to themselves as “No Limit Nigga”. What a disgrace to himself and the civil rights leaders that fought for his rights.

  10. Robbie on said:

    Sorry mr martin I like the chris dorner plan if needed. They are killing our kids what else can be done that is the ultimate. yeah others can march, chant, thump the bible, and carry the cross. when they should be arming themselves against kids with candy. We cant continue to be mice in a snake pit.

    • Oh, maybe u need to go in your community and prevent mass school shootings that are occurring in the “safe neighborhoods”. Oh we forgot about those events

    • You are truly simple individual. Crime is an issue in every community regardless of race. Additionally, the data you provided is not valid or reliable. You are a simple and pathetic individual that lacks character. Any human being should be appall that innocent child die due to angry and racist killer. Please sir seek help because you are reasoning that this country sucks! Oh please tell the neighborhood kids please no more mass school shootings!

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