Ten Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

In the coming days after the Zimmerman not guilty verdict, many will cry, some will wallow in despair and disbelief while others will take to the streets.

Million Hoodies protest in NYC, Union Square
Million Hoodies protest in NYC, Union Square

by Kanene Holder 

[Former Colin Powell Fellow and activist Kanene Holder wrote the following piece for the Huffington Post days after the George Zimmerman verdict was handed down. It can be read as both a manifesto and a balm for wounds that run deep through many Americans.] 

“You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being.” — James Baldwin

Hang onto the world as it spins around
Just don’t let the spin get you down…..
Keep on walking tall, hold your head up high
And lay your dreams right up to the sky……. 
Donny Hathaway

In the coming days after the Zimmerman not guilty verdict, many will cry, some will wallow in despair and disbelief while others will take to the streets. In each instance, we are forming a more perfect union as we realize that #ajmia — American Justice is MISSING in Action. We realize we can no longer satiate our humanity in the trivialities of Twitter followers and Instagram likes. We are searching for justice, as we pursue happiness.

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