From Trayvon To Philando…Where is the Change?

“But one night, after weeks of cellphone silence, my Twitter feed went crazy with news of a dead teenage boy. In a country where gun violence is as common as getting a cold, it didn’t phase me.”

Has nothing changed?

This undoubtedly has been one of the bloodiest summers in American history. From the  the Pulse Nightclub mass vivian adaobi nweze reporter shooting of the LGBT community  in my hometown, to the heinous police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and now the following shooting of police officers at an otherwise peaceful protest…

My heart is heavy. It seems as if the only thing that has improved is the power of social media and technology to broadcast the incomprehensible racial injustice  and savage shootings that have gone  hidden for years. In 2013 I wrote a piece for The Huffington Post based on a report I did for vivian adaobi nweze reporter MTVU, marking the one year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. The following passage from the piece resonates with me more now than when I wrote them as a college student hopeful for change.

“Martin’s death was a year ago — and in that time countless senseless shootings have happened. Has his death been in vain, or will we as a country finally begin to address the underlying issues in his story? If the students I interviewed for mtvU’s Campus Dispatch are indicative of a national trend, I have reason to hope for a future in which my brother may someday walk the streets without fear of violence or hate.”


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