The Uhuru Solidarity Movement responds to the murder of Trayvon Martin and calls for white people to take responsibility for the legacy of slavery, colonialism, and genocide that we inherited and which benefits us to this day.
On February 26th, 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in a gated community in Sanford, Florida near Orlando by a neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman.
Trayvon, who was in Sanford with his father visiting friends, was returning from the store with candy and a drink when he was stalked by Zimmerman, confronted and shot in the chest.
911 tapes of neighbors who witnessed the killing reveal that Zimmerman had followed Martin and that Martin was yelling help before he was shot. In addition, right before the 911 dispatcher asks Zimmerman if he is following Martin, you can hear Zimmerman in a low voice uttering a racial attack.
At this time, the man who murdered Trayvon Martin is freely walking the streets. He has not even been arrested. The state condones the murder of Africans not only by police but by white citizens as well. This has always been the case. From the early to mid-1900s, tens of thousands of Africans were brutally lynched by ordinary white citizens who were rarely, if ever, prosecuted.
We are outraged; we must organize for reparations!
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement expresses our deepest anger and outrage at this latest act of white nationalist colonial violence against the African community.
We are outraged that time and time again, African people have to face the loss of their loved ones who are shot and killed with impunity.
We are outraged that black life is considered so cheap that young Africans can be shot down and the killer can face no consequences.
The murder of Trayvon Martin exposes how raw and open the war against the African community is, how the colonial oppression of African people remains intact despite claims of a “post-racial America.”
Neighborhood Crime Watch is a white nationalist and terrorist organization, which functions throughout the U.S. in support of the policy of police containment of the African community.
African people, on a daily basis, face military-style SWAT teams and police that utilize tactics specifically designed to control and terrorize the African population.
We have not forgotten Oscar Grant, Rahmarley Graham, Javon Dawson, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallou and countless other Africans who were viciously executed by the police.
Zimmerman was an aspiring police officer and was attending Criminal Justice courses. His actions mimic the actions of white people in the past who would take it upon themselves as “good citizens” to lynch and kill African people.
Solidarity with African resistance!
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement believes that African people have a right to resist colonial violence, whether it comes in the form of the state or white vigilantism backed by the state.
We support the African community’s demand for community control of the police and believe that as white people, we must take responsibility for a social system built at expense of African people for our benefit.
As white allies under the leadership of the African working class movement for freedom and justice, we recognize the difference between our relationship to the state and the state’s relationship to Africans.
We call on white allies of African self -determination and justice to reject the oppressive relationship we have to the African community.
We call on you to take a stand in solidarity with African people struggling for control of their own lives and resources.
Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement! Jail Zimmerman! Reparations to the family of Trayvon Martin!