I reject respectability politics.
The idea that black people must behave in white-approved ways to receive respect is nothing but white supremacy.
Black on Black crime is not a unique cultural phenomenon, and is not a justification for the murder of black youth. 83% of all white murder victims are murdered by a WHITE person, yet this fact is never used as justification for their deaths.
Trayvon Martin would have been 19 today. He smoked weed, flicked people off in photos, and should be eating cake right now. Instead, a jury found his blackness worthy of murder.
Rest in Power, dear son. We still seek justice.