Trayvon Martin’s murder and African sovereign rights in America

PATRICK DELICES and REGINALD MABRY | 7/29/2013, 10:19 a.m. | Updated on 7/29/2013, 10:19 a.m.
Trayvon Martin

The doleful data regarding our considerable rates of poverty, incarceration, ignorance, drug use, criminal activity, fractured families, poor health, inferior education, deplorable housing, homelessness, mental illness, unemployment, etc., have not been obstructed by the Emancipation Proclamation, state laws and federal civil rights legislation. Moreover, historically and presently, America has absolutely no regard for our humanity (feelings, wishes, traditions and rights) as evident in chattel slavery, sharecropping, peonage system, Jim Crow, and post-racial America. Furthermore, this disregard is illustrated but not limited to the lynching of Africans, the Tulsa race riots, the Rosewood massacre, urban city race riots, COINTELPRO, the Central Park Five, and the rape and abuse of Tawana Brawley and other Black children under American jurisprudence. The absence of equal protection and justice under the law is also amplified by the senseless murders of Emmit Till, Michael Stewart, Amadou Diallo, Yusef Hawkins, Oscar Grant, Ramarley Graham, Eleanor Bumpers and now Martin, who like the others, had absolutely no federal protection because our sovereign rights to be African are imperceptible to us, while our civil rights and America citizenship are "democratically" manifested.

Simply put, it is our belief and analysis that a federal responsibility trust based on establishing our sovereignty as Africans will remedy our sliding existence and subpar humanity in America. Thus, as a people, we need to pressure Obama to put forward an executive order regarding our sovereignty; lobby Congress to sign a sovereign rights bill for Africans living in America; and/or petition the courts to establish a federal responsibility trust regarding our sovereign rights as Africans. Failure to do so will bankrupt any hope of solidifying our sovereign rights in order to govern ourselves and protect our children.