Knock On Any Door, Looking Back on George Zimmerman And Jury's Act Of Blatant Overt Racism and Hatre
I remember growing up in and watching a movie made in 1949 named KNOCK ON ANY DOOR, with Sal Mineo as the accused and Humphery Bogart as the Defense Attorney, the story told of the decrepit nature of growing up in an urban slum situation. One thing that was kept almost secret to was the fact that an African American wrote the novel, Knock on Any Door, the movie was based on. It was a gritty realistic story of there by the grace of God there goes I. Easily if you knocked on any urban door where I grew up the black males residing in those homes easily could have ended up in the predicament that faced the lead character in the movie, Sal Mineo. Although, of course, the headliner in the movie was Humphrey Bogart, his defense attorney. Five years ago today as the jury that was supposed to bring George Zimmerman the prosecution he deserved for killing Trayvon Martin. I thought back to that movie and how so many Trayvon Martin’s existed behind those doors we could knock on.
That similar circumstances and anyone of us could be placed in the situation of being the accused in a murder situation or horrific crime. As the Trayvon Martin jury decides the fate of Zimmerman I ask myself could I or anyone of us in the same situation been either party. In neighborhoods filled with crime, how do we protect ourselves against those who commit crimes against us? I see hopeful signs with the murder rate of young black males decreasing over the past decade. However, is it because our methods of trauma have improved or are is it because fewer and fewer children are committing these heinous crimes. I know my sons liked Skittles and Ice Tea could they have been the victims of George Zimmerman’s heinous act? Oh yes, they could have. But the question I asked myself was could I have been the accused perpetrator of the crime of shooting an innocent child black or white? I don't think so. You see I was born with a moral compass which disavowed that streak of violence and overt ignorance that George Zimmerman was born with.
You see every Blackman young or old George Zimmerman visualized was the Sal Mineo character purposely intending to do harm to him or his white neighbors. I do believe that the movie, or should I say the book is still relevant today. You still can knock on any door in inner-city Chicago, Detroit, DC, Baltimore, Compton, Philly and you can meet either that innocent black victim Trayvon Martin. or knock on any suburban door and meet a potential perpetrator of that heinous crime. We need to understand that George Zimmerman is not ultimate enemy, he is simply the symptom of a far greater problem. The human perception that many white people have similar feelings against people of color. We know now that George Zimmerman walked and wasn’t imprisoned for killing Trayvon Martin. Yet that travesty of a verdict will neither solve or evaporate the problem that is facing America as it relates to race relations. The problem of the 21st century is the problem of the color-line added to the problem that our black youths are being viewed as counterproductive elements to America’s progression. This will remain a problem with American Society because some many of America’s institutions view our black youths negatively and many of those black youths view themselves as dreamless, hopeless vehicles of nothingness. Knock on any door a potential Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Laquan McDonald, Freddie Gray, or other innocent victims of color and youth will answer.