The portrait that emerged from Martin’s cell phone mirrors his disciplinary trouble at school. According to his text messages, Martin consumed marijuana, possibly was growing it or around growers, had an illegal handgun in his possession once, and flirted with buying a Revolver 22.
Make no mistake: Racism is alive and well and we have a long way to go in this country. We should never stop fighting that. But I also hope we expand our understanding and fight to include economic justice — which is at the root of the country’s problems.