News: Sean Bell's Fiancee Pens Open Letter To Trayvon Martin's Parents, "This Is The Exact Definition Of Internalized Racism"
Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012 1:00PM
The fiancee to late New York resident, Sean Bell, has come forward with an open letter to the parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, approximately 6 years later after her groom suffered the same fate back in '06.
Citing quotes from late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.'s infamous "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Nicole Paultre Bell spoke out on the global awareness Trayvon's death has created in regards to inequality.
"This injustice continues to plague our country almost 5 decades later, but it must stop now. The question you might want to ask yourselves is how can I help to diminish these tragedies? The answer is you have already begun. Your voices are being heard all across this nation as peacemakers. People are standing up for Trayvon because they feel your pain, and understand that this could easily have been their son, husband, father, brother, cousin or nephew and we are out right tired of it. Please don't give up the fight for the pursuit of justice. Over the past five and a half years, what I have learned throughout protest after protest, rallies, a criminal trial, the independent investigation of the federal Department of Justice, along with civil proceedings and the departmental charges hearing almost six years later of the police officers who killed my husband-to-be back in 2006, faith and endurance are the keys to everything. God will not forsake you, and through his grace and mercy you will find the strength to continue please remember this." (VIBE)
She also stressed the fact racism amongst minorities should not be passed over.
"I would hear all the time "the men who killed Sean weren't white", I'm sure you've been hearing the same thing re: George Zimmerman, I believe this is the exact definition of internalized racism. We along with other minorities are conditioned to believe that it's OK to kill us. This has been the primary means by which we have been forced to perpetuate and "agree" to our own oppression. It has been a major factor preventing us, as black people, from realizing and putting into action the tremendous intelligence and power which in reality we possess." (VIBE)
Sean Bell was slain by police officers in New York City the night before his wedding.
The Sean Bell shooting incident took place in the New York City borough of Queens, New York, United States on November 25, 2006, when three men were shot a total of fifty times by a team of both plainclothes and undercover NYPD officers, killing one of the men, Sean Bell, on the morning before his wedding, and severely wounding two of his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman. The incident sparked fierce criticism of the police from some members of the public and drew comparisons to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo. Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial on charges ranging from manslaughter to reckless endangerment, and were found not guilty. (Wikipedia)
Hip-hop artists and entertainers alike have united and spoken out on Martin's death.
"I didn't know wearing a hoodie made me a target," tweeted Diddy who posted a picture of himself in a dark hoodie. Nelly also sported a hoodie and added a link to the Change.org petition to have George Zimmerman prosecuted for shooting Martin. On his Tumblr page, a hooded Frank Ocean pointed two fingers to his head resembling a gun and wrote, "suspicious black." The-Dream, Jamie Foxx and Swizz Beatz also posted photos of themselves in hoodies to show their support for Trayvon Martin, adding the hashtag HoodiesUp (#HoodiesUp) so others can do the same on Twitter. (Pop Crush)