In the Nov. 13th edition of the Tallahassee Democrat, the Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said his office would take no further civil or criminal action in the death of Martin Lee Anderson. However, he said that he would help the Anderson’s family seek “the justice they deserve.”
But what can he do?
McCollum said he would help by helping parents seek new legal alternatives in order to get their overdue satisfaction – if there is any.
As students and advocates for civil rights we have marched at the Capital, protested on Monroe and written countless letters of concern. It is hard to believe in the fairness of the justice system, especially in a case where all evidence showed guilt on the hands of boot camp staff.
In this matter, the noble words of the peaceful leader Mahatma Gandhi were true, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
As a people we made a statement, and as a culture we were a movement. We united and something was gained out of this. The fire in our hearts for one another still burns.
Although everything may not work out the way you may have wanted, it is smart to find the positive.
Take this as a lesson learned.
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Peaceful violence makes its statement. Resorting to violence is not the answer. If we resort to violence then we couldn’t walk away with dignity. Black people let’s keep our unity strong.
Thanks Martin Lee Anderson.
Nyerere Davidson for the editorial board.