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Unfinished business

Unite and fight, rinse and repeat.

Best words of the 2013 March on Washington, from John Lewis:

You cannot stand by. You cannot sit down.

You got to stand up. Speak up. Speak out, and get in the way.

Make some noise!

At last week’s “Justice for Trayvon, Justice for All” protest in Seattle, many wore hoodies, but the cousin of Trayvon Martin didn’t. Cedric President-Turner wore a necktie, white suit jacket, and a trim haircut. He calmly faced the federal courthouse, the people with signs, and asked simple questions. How the trial could end this way. How racism could exist. He wanted reflection, but the crowd erupted with grief and rage.

His questions—in fact, all of the protests that occurred in American cities on July 20—became a valve. They released a surge of anger at the injustice of the ruling. This surge has overwhelmed the country, sizzled along the radio circuits, infiltrated our bedrooms and divided households.

To protest the Trayvon Martin ruling is not to simply use a narrow, racialized lens to view the incident. It is about acknowledging the inherent flaws in our justice system and reigniting the civil rights movement. Knowing we do not have a postracial, colorblind society is not enough; we must fight to improve it and commit today.