The World African Diaspora Union (WADU) condemns the long nightmare of judicial travesty and train of human rights abuses against African people and calls upon all people across the world to intensify actions for justice, as a result of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murdering of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman killed the youthful Martin after profiling him as a “Black” criminal. President Barack Obama and other leaders have called Trayvon Martin’s death a “tragedy”. Civil Rights activists are engaged in pressuring the U.S. Justice department to “file criminal civil rights charges now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted in the state case.”
The young Martin was enroute to his home when he was murdered by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was released by police after admitting that he followed and killed Trayvon Martin in ‘self-defense’. By March 13, 2012 and only after almost half a million signatures, global protests and pressure on the federal government to investigate the case, the State of Florida took actions charging Zimmerman with manslaughter.
The murdering of Trayvon Martin during the 50th anniversary of the freedom and civil rights movements is seen by most African people in the USA as a continuity of centuries of pervasive covert and overt terror against people of African descent, especially the targeting of Black men in a system of ‘apartheid’ and ‘colonial slave codes’. Worse, the criminal tracking and killing of Trayvon Martin has occurred during the terrible period of economic depression of African people in the USA. Since 2008, those of African descent have been forced to submit to a deteriorating world of under/unemployment (near 25%), increased racial attacks, massive poverty (40%), spiraling of violence and police brutality, imprisonment (45%), destruction of public schools, governmental attacks on voting rights laws, and major cutback on anti-poverty programs. Finally, the USA has seen an explosive arming and growth of militant white racist groups, reminiscent of the worst of the times in the history of Black people in America.
Therefore, the World African Diaspora Union (WADU) is urging all people of African lineage and all people of goodwill to support actions on the following, for:
1. The U.S. government to provide better support for the protection and security of African people, after centuries of terrorism, enslavement, and the abusive ‘African’ codes, without Reparations;
2. The African Union (AU) to condemn the continued virulent racism and targeted violence against Africa’s children condemned to insecurity, hostility and imprisonment due to the indignity and dehumanization of Africans, as a result of slavery, colonialism and the imperialism of Africa;
3. The United Nations (UN) to hold special inquiries and investigations on issues of ongoing human rights abuse, racism and violence perpetrated against African people in the USA, in Europe and other former slave holding nations and states affecting Africans;
4. All Africans to mobilize and organize to participate in positive actions to eliminate all forms and vestiges of racism, criminalization, and racial persecution, including committing to boycotting all businesses engaged in supporting racism in Florida, in the USA and across the world;
5. Africans to rededicate themselves to restoring concrete measures for self-determination, collective security and the Pan African conscience to protect and advance Africans, everywhere.