From Kelly Brown Douglas’ Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God: “The verdict in the case of Trayvon’s killer was announced shortly after 10: 00 P.M. on a Saturday night. That next morning I went to church. That Sunday was like no other that I had experienced at my church. It was crowded more than usual for a Sunday in the middle of July. People came in quietly, as if something was weighing very heavily upon their hearts and trying their souls. No words had to be exchanged. Each person knew what the other was feeling and thinking. Prior to the service a time was set aside for people to express their feelings about the verdict. Numerous people got up to speak, men and women, young and old. Many people spoke through tears as they expressed their sadness, disappointment, fears, and incredulity. Many were bewildered by the verdict. Many questioned the nation’s commitment to black freedom. Many expressed fears for their children. Young black men spoke about their own fears. Some told stories of the assaults and humiliations they had endured in this stand-your-ground-culture war. There was an overall sense of anger and frustration. But what struck me the most in all of the testimonies was that no one lashed out at God. No one doubted God. No one blamed God. At the end of several of the statements, there was a proclamation of faith. The congregation affirmed each of the proclamations. The people were sure that what happened to Trayvon betrayed the purposes of God, and so their faith, like that of Tracy Martin, remained unshattered.”



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