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This is the work

In every nation’s life, there come breaking points.

Breaking points are many. They’re points in the road where the great mass of humanity says “Enough”; things as they were are no longer good enough, no longer just enough, no longer decent—human—enough. A point of disgust is reached, where what went before will no longer suffice. Where, indeed, what went before was exactly the problem. Where what went before was a Gordian knot of injustice, unfairness, veritable evil.

We have reached such a point.

The election of a black president, buoyed by a coalition which didn’t conform to the lineaments of the previous holders of power, have made that old, decrepit, dying coalition erupt in one last blast of fury.

We saw it in Texas, in Ohio, in North Carolina, where legislatures have made it known that women are to be kept down, subservient, subject to the will of their betters.

We saw it in the halls of Congress, where the Republican House doesn’t pretend to care about immigrants, but is doing everything it can to stanch the coming tide, hoping that if it engages in one more bit of obstruction their power will be secure. But the future that is coming is as sure as that tide, and the leaders of that House haven’t the wisdom of King Canute, who displayed before his court that he was merely human, and had no power over nature, or the forces of history.

And we saw it, most heartbreakingly, in the verdict which decreed that one could shoot an unarmed black teenager in the street as nothing more than an animal, less than one, and walk away, freedom intact, rights preserved. (We have to ask how free Mr. Zimmerman will be; if he has any shred of humanity, his remaining life will be one of anguish and regret. But at the moment, I’m not feeling so charitable.)

The fury began at a low boil on January 20, 2009, and has done nothing other than increase in ire, in volume, in desperation, as the country it thought belonged to it in perpetuity began to slip away, bit by bit. Of course, the irony is that the country isn’t slipping from those who feel that fury; it is still their country; changing, yes, as all things human must change, hopefully for the better. But it’s their reaction to that change which has doomed them to be history’s handmaidens, sloughed off as so much chaff. There were two possible reactions to the change which was coming, which had been a generation in the offing: acceptance, and a joining to help shape the direction; or utter denial, and hatred, and fear. That the latter route was chosen should not be shocking; humans react badly to change. But it nonetheless should sadden us, and make us mourn for that sadness.

But that change is coming. Unless those who now cheer at a child murderer being set free have the courage to launch an insurrection, with all the guns they claim to love, their days as “masters” are numbered. The power has already slipped from them; their joy at Zimmerman’s emancipation is but the cry of those who have already lost, cheered by a temporary forward surge. The protests we’ve seen erupt across the country from people who will no longer put up with their hate, their anger, their evil, is where the country is heading. No, it’s where the country is. The future does not belong to those who have taken to Twitter and Facebook, “liking” posts which claim “Justice for George Zimmerman”. Their current hero will live a life of shame; they partake in that shame, and shut themselves off from the society which is already here, in spite of their best efforts, their herculean eruptions of hate and animus.

And that’s the rub: for all of their brave rhetoric, they are, at heart, cowards. They took to Twitter and Facebook to bray about their “victory”. Those who stood for Trayvon, and the women of Texas, and the poor, and the stranger, they took to the street. They made their voices heard not in the ether of the Internet, but in the blood and sinew of life, declaring that no, it was no longer good enough. Declaring that yes, things would change, regardless of what their opponents thought, regardless of the obstacles, regardless of petty people with their petty hatreds. They won’t start an insurrection, for their hearts are as coal, and they have no courage. They’re bullies; and as with all bullies, when confronted they retreat, claiming victimhood, crying to the universe, which doesn’t hear them.

Mourn for injustice with a demand for justice. Talk to your neighbors, get them involved in the great work. Never rest. The memories of the honored dead deserve no less.


126 Responses to “This is the work”


  1. July 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Well done, LL. My little item in the previous thread is a gesture of support to the sentiments you express.

  2. July 14, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Always worth reading LL. You have a way of making things seem reasonable and clear.

  3. 5 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Change is coming. If only it would hurry.

  4. 8 amk for obama
    July 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    “for all of their brave rhetoric, they are, at heart, cowards. They took to Twitter and Facebook to bray about their “victory”. Those who stood for Trayvon, and the women of Texas, and the poor, and the stranger, they took to the street. They made their voices heard not in the ether of the Internet, but in the blood and sinew of life, declaring that no, it was no longer good enough. ”

    Excellent, LL.

    • 9 theo67
      July 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Brilliant. And it’s so true. Many of these racists and gun-toting idiots are cowards – which makes them even more dangerous.

  5. 10 MightyPamela
    July 14, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    {{{LL}}}

  6. 11 desertflower
    July 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Oh, bravo!! A call to action….to be the change we seek.

  7. 12 amk for obama
    July 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm

  8. 14 Nena20409
    July 14, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    ….

  9. 24 Nena20409
    July 14, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    LL, well stated like only You w/could. Thank You. Brilliant.

    • July 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm

      I’ve been mute for 24 hours. I couldn’t fathom that 6 mothers could look at Trayvon and not see their own children.

      • 26 Nena20409
        July 14, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        Their life experiences were not to be sympathetic to a Black young teen. O’Mara knew that and worked harder to otherize Trayvon. My anger is that the Prosecutor did nothing really to counter that one sided presentation.

        • July 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

          As an analyst on France 24 said, it was a prime example of bad lawyering. The case shouldn’t have been about Trayvon, but about Zimmeran’s complete unsuitability to be carrying a concealed weapon and a part of neighborhood watch. But when you’re a prosecutor working for a state that fetishizes guns, well, you fuck up. And I believe that the AG was quite relieved that Zimmerman got off.

        • 29 amk for obama
          July 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

          The fix was in from day one nay, from minute one – from the sanford pd, to the prosecutor and to the judge. Jury was just the pawn in their heinous plot.

          • July 15, 2013 at 12:17 am

            THANK YOU! THANKS YOU! I think I knew the fix was in when the Gov made her ( St Atty) a “special appointment”! She over-charged! Got her publicity and then sat in the courtroom and watched her plan play out! I am sickened by the way the press ate it up!

          • 31 MaewholoveourCIC
            July 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

            Yes amk the fix was in day one. Sanford police department failed Trayvon Martin miserably. Zimmerman been gettting away with stuff for a long time. Daddy is a former judge and they have been overlooking what is in his devious heart far too long. Zimmerman’s road will come to an end sooner than he thinks. Won’t be anybody to call in favors on his behalf.

            Every mother know their child and the mom of all people knows that George Zimmerman is capable of cold blooded murder. Stalked and killed Trayvon in cold blood. He could have held the gun on Trayvon, rather than kill him, no he had a thirst for killing and he satisfied his appetite. No self control. Zimmerman is dangerous!

      • 32 99ts
        July 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm

        They looked at the color of their children and wanted Zimmerman to protect them. Every one of them wanted to be on the jury (they only had to say the media had convinced them one way or the other & they would NOT have been on the jury – what mother of 8 children has time to be on a jury – and sequestered – maybe it was like a holiday.

        I watched the jury selection. How anyone living in that area had NOT formed an opinion is well beyond belief. The prosecution was terrible at getting people to say what they really thought, the defense got the jury they wanted.

  10. July 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    If I ever win the lottery, I’m going to give my doggie daycare goddess a huge donation, so that she can tell the racists who use her services to go fuck themselves and not worry about her business.

  11. July 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    The power has already slipped from them; their joy at Zimmerman’s emancipation is but the cry of those who have already lost, cheered by a temporary forward surge. The protests we’ve seen erupt across the country from people who will no longer put up with their hate, their anger, their evil, is where the country is heading. No, it’s where the country is.

    ***************************************

    AMEN!

  12. July 14, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    “Those who stood for Trayvon, and the women of Texas, and the poor, and the stranger, they took to the street. They made their voices heard not in the ether of the Internet, but in the blood and sinew of life, declaring that no, it was no longer good enough.”

    LL, this is simply beautiful.

  13. 40 Judith Fardig
    July 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks, LL and others who have posted such thoughtful pieces. I couldn’t go to the Hoodies Up/Stand With Trayvon event here because my OFA team had a previously scheduled meeting at the same time, but we discussed it and re-dedicated ourselves to the fight for justice.

  14. 42 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks LL. This cannot be said too often ”Talk to your neighbors, get them involved in the great work. Never rest. The memories of the honored dead deserve no less.’

    It reminds me of Utal’s (and several others) message today – ‘You cannot give up’ – and it’s reassuring that despite despair, there is enough will, wisdom, insight to know the journey has to continue #FORWARD.

  15. July 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  16. 44 Lynn
    July 14, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    The power of this post has left me totally exhausted, LL.

    Once again….Thank the stars for this wonderful troll free place and the amazing folks who work their butts off to keep it so.

    • 45 Nena20409
      July 14, 2013 at 11:12 pm

      X1001% Hear, hear.

      • 46 Lynn
        July 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

        Look who’s talking you gorgeous hunk of person you! You’ve been in the trenches, Nena!! Thanks for every comment!

    • 47 arkluvspbo
      July 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm

      ABSOLUTELY!! The trolls don’t deserve to be here.

      • 48 Lynn
        July 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

        Going to other sites with the rampagers on the loose just creates piefights and disruption. imo, arkduvspbo. One ratfu.cker can control the entire dialog and folks fall for it every time. Sending hugs and virtual strawberry jam to you and yours.

        • 49 arkluvspbo
          July 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

          They are despicable, Lynn. When the trolls are prevalent, I usually ignore them. I WILL call them out on their bs and if they try to keep the conversation going, I cut it off immediately. If they need the last word, I let them have it, because their last word is never their best and just makes them look silly.

          Strawberry jam — YUM, thank you! Love it on a piece of rye toast with just a pat of butter. I’ve got plenty of coffee here if you’d like to join me for a virtual cup o’joe :)

          Peace. Peace. Peace

  17. July 14, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    There’s the story about two frogs in two pots of water… Put a frog in a pot of boiling water, and she jumps out instantly. Put a frog in a pot of tepid water, and gradually increase the temperature… And she hardly notices until it is too late.

    I think this country is the frog in the second pot… One dreadful thing happens (let’s say Sandy Hook), then another (the horrible anti-abortion laws in State after State), then another (endless redistricting), and then this latest… And, if we spend too much time thinking about any one of them, another “scandal” is thrown out to distract us (IRS-gate, NSA-gate, and Benghazi, BENGHAZI, BENGHAZI!!!!!)

    These “scandals” aren’t brought out because of any sort of moral outrage on the right – they are distractions. It’s intentional.

    We should not forget that.

    Beautifully written post, LL. Thank you!

    Gato

  18. 52 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

  19. 53 Nena20409
    July 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    That Trayvon’s picture wearing a Hoodie and innocently looking at Us, the world, it would Hunt the Conscious of the world for as long as injustice remains over how he was gunned down.

    RIP TBM

  20. 54 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    One thing that puzzled me today are the voices which suggest that Zimmerman will feel regret, or will feel some of what a young black man feels, living in America. Frankly, George Zimmerman hasn’t seemed to me to have any shred of humanity in him. I HOPE he’ll feel the need to continuously look over his shoulders, but I really don’t harbour any hope of him feeling any remorse. If I am remembering correctly this was a murderer who felt he had done ‘god’s will’ in taking a life. That does not strike me as someone who is likely any time soon to regret his actions. Also, given the previous response of Zimmerman’s supporters, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has no difficulties getting a job, or if he gets financial ‘rewards’ from his heinous act – disgusted, but not surprised. So, the message for us is indeed to ‘Press On’ in our efforts to help bend the moral arc towards justice.

    • 55 theo67
      July 15, 2013 at 1:59 am

      I’m with you, VC. Zimmerman is a psychopath, who will feel nothing but vindication at this verdict. In fact, he already felt vindicated, which is why he hoped someone had videotaped the encounter. He feels justified in his racist assumptions that an innocent black child walking in his neighborhood is suspicious, and he felt justified that a fight he started, and lost, would lead him to bring out his gun and shoot his victim to death. He’s not going to look over his shoulder, except to look back at all his supporters and feel buoyed by their support. He’s deranged, and a racist. That’s it.

    • 56 nabsentia23
      July 15, 2013 at 7:42 am

      Although Zimmerman will probably feel no remorse for his actions, I still think he will have financial difficulties in the future. His “supporters” will soon abandon him once his 15 minutes of fame are up. Just as LL so correctly said, these idiots are cowards. They will not put themselves on the line to support Zimmerman or any other cause. Also, there’s a pending civil trial and if the Justice Department reopens their case against him, Zimmerman will not have a bright future.

  21. 57 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    • 58 99ts
      July 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      That was a wonderful story Dudette – and great pair of kids

    • 59 theo67
      July 15, 2013 at 2:04 am

      Trayvon’s friend who testified said that Trayvon was the only one who didn’t make fun of her. He wasn’t a thug. Regardless of the caricature that the prosecution created of Trayvon. Same as the caricature that the GOP and their rabid followers have made of POTUS. And same of the caricature of the “scary black person” that the “system” has created of black people. It’s bull. Most people want the same opportunities and chance at a good life, regardless of color and background.

  22. 60 yardarm756
    July 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    Damn good front page.

  23. 61 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

  24. 63 amk for obama
    July 14, 2013 at 11:24 pm

  25. 64 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  26. 67 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

  27. 68 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    This image is everything.

  28. 69 sherijr
    July 14, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    I’m watching the protestors in New York… they just keep marching.. the cops line up on one street and the protestors calmly turn down another street.. they are calm, controlled and very well behaved and yet they are systematically being herded by cops for no reason. I’m so proud of them. But the police presence is frustrating and the only feeling of aggression is coming from the PD.

  29. 74 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm

  30. 75 arkluvspbo
    July 14, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Liberal Librarian, this is what I have felt in my heart for so long, but you have articulated it so well.
    Thank you!

  31. 76 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    • 77 jacquelineoboomer
      July 15, 2013 at 12:04 am

      But for a slight bit of sore loser in him when he wasn’t selected to head NASA, I love Neil deGrasse Tyson! Especially love the way he speaks so passionately to students about science.

  32. 78 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

  33. 80 carolyn
    July 14, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Once again LL, you expressed my feelings and the feelings of so many people, and as usual, you did it clearly and beautifully! Thank you.

  34. 81 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

  35. 83 sherijr
    July 14, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    this guy following the protestors in NY said they’ve walked 120 blocks. I am so proud of these folks.

  36. 86 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:40 pm

  37. 88 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:41 pm

  38. July 14, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    LL – phenomenal post . So glad you wrote it. thank you.

    nite TOD

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  39. 92 Dudette
    July 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

  40. 93 MightyPamela
    July 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    It is my quiet hope, may Trayvon’s Mother and Father find some measure of comfort in the outpouring of love and support all across the country. I understand there is no true healing from the loss of a child, but may it be they feel the pain being shared, that their beloved son has not given his life in vain. Goodnight, my brilliant friends. {{{{TOD}}}} http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  41. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    July 14, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thank you LL for this post!!

    Thanks UT for your earlier post!

    Thanks Chips & the mini blog tyrants for all your help to keep us safe & sane through what have been 24 very difficult hours for me.

    I could not find ANY meaning in the work I was supposed to do today – yet it too was about promotion of socio-economic justice.

    will start on it again in a few hours – just had to let the sorrow & anger out of my system

  42. 96 vcprezofan2
    July 14, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    This has been a lon-n-n-nger than normal two days – my spirit needs a break. ‘Night everyone. Rest well! Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit brighter.

  43. July 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Great piece, LL. Beautiful

  44. 98 utaustinliberal
    July 14, 2013 at 11:58 pm

  45. 99 amk for obama
    July 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I am so glad to so many white faces in these protest marches. Happy to see them stepping up to bring in the conscience and justice.

  46. 103 kasai
    July 15, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Love it Generation “O” is on the move around the country! <3
    Howard University Representing!

    • 104 Dudette
      July 15, 2013 at 1:03 am

      That’s a keeper kasai!

      • 105 HZ
        July 15, 2013 at 2:15 am

        This is what gives my heart hope and assurance that we can get this done. I have faith in these young people all the way. Another generation is taking up the baton and moving with grace, dignity , and determination to move us FORWARD.

    • 106 arkluvspbo
      July 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

      This is the generation that grew up under the bush regime…think about that for a moment!

  47. 108 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 12:13 am

  48. 109 Mellesia Barnett
    July 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Alex Fraser – Dear George Zimmerman Open Letter

    Dear George Zimmerman,

    For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.

    You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.

    People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you’ll want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up the next day, put on firm look and push through life.

    I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you’d end up inheriting all of his struggles.

    Enjoy your “freedom.”

    Sincerely,

    A black male who could’ve been Trayvon Martin

    http://talk.baltimoresun.com/showthread.php?332694-Alex-Fraser-Dear-George-Zimmerman-Open-Letter&p=8383836

  49. July 15, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Read this article and see how the “Stand Your Ground” law spread to 24 states, with the help of NRA and ALEC. This must be stopped.

    And here’s more info on ALEC http://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/Guns,_Prisons,_Crime,_and_Immigration – the link leads, specifically, to the ‘Guns, Prisons, Crime and Immigration’ page, where there’s specific info on SYG.

  50. 114 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 12:15 am

  51. 115 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 12:18 am

  52. 117 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 12:21 am

  53. 118 desertflower
    July 15, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Night all. So glad that I have this family with me. You all have been my sanity. Tomorrow is another day. A good day to push forward towards justice for all.

  54. July 15, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Goodnight all. Everyone here and on TPV and my Twitter followers have been my sanity.

  55. 121 Dudette
    July 15, 2013 at 12:32 am

    • July 15, 2013 at 1:27 am

      I have come to the conclusion at this point in history all you need to know when voting is not to vote for the Republican. They have all banded together even if they are not from the Tea Party. I would also be wary of Independents since many Repubs switch to Indies when the GOP title is unpopular.

      • 123 theo67
        July 15, 2013 at 2:20 am

        Yup – I would never vote for any Republican. At the height of the economic crisis, when we were facing the precipice, they voted as a block to prevent any measures to help end the recession. They’ve voted unanimously against providing health care to Americans in need, or providing security to every American who already has insurance. They’ve done zero to move this country forward. Almost every single one of them has told lies and uttered reprehensible words against President Obama and members of his Administration. Why would any sane person vote for people like these?

  56. 125 nathkatun7
    July 15, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Another great piece, LL! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • 126 HZ
      July 15, 2013 at 2:34 am

      Thanks Chips and all of the TOD contributors who help make this our home a respectful and beautiful loving haven of respect for POB and his team.

      May we keep our president and VP in our thoughts, meditations and prayers. Light your candles for Trayvon’s parents. Pray also for our AG, Eric Holder and his DOJ Department. Ask for wisdom and the best attorneys in the Civil Rights Division.

      Also call your senators about the confirmations waiting for a vote that POB has asked for many months ago. We need to have the judicial nominations confirmed and the Sec. of Labor. Please call tomorrow. The Leadership Team are asking us to put the pressure on Mon., and Tues. ((((((((((( Love you, my dear Chips, and thank you so much.))))))))))))))HZ


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