The Movement Has a History

Abdullah, Melina
Date Written:  2015-07-01
Publisher:  Against the Current
Year Published:  2015
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21226

I was born in the '70s in East Oakland. All of our parents are Panthers, or Black Power organizers, or organizers. We come out politicized.



When Trayvon Martin was killed, we were waiting and watching George Zimmerman's trial. We had this kind of sense that Brenda Stevenson would be right, that each thing would build upon each other, and that the little glimpse of justice we got with Johannes Mehserle would mean that George Zimmerman was really going to get it, because he was a fake cop, a cop in his own mind, not a real cop. And so we were thinking that something might happen.

The verdict came in on a Saturday. I was out shopping for a used car, because my family had grown and we needed more seats. We were at Carmax. It was nighttime in LA, so in Florida it's really night, and we were thinking the verdict's not coming in today. But my brother calls me and he says, "Where you at?" and I tell him. He goes, "you're not going to like it." And he tells me that Zimmerman got off. I said "What you mean, he got off?" Every one of us, I think, was holding on to the hope that Zimmerman would be convicted.

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