The ACLU is having a special screening of the new film about the death of Oscar Grant in Oakland, CA right here in Los Angeles and I hope that everyone will attend and hear what the producer and civil rights attorney will say about this senseless murder. I know that like many of you the trial of Mr. Zimmerman and his acquittal leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. Well it does mine since I can’t speak for everyone I will say that the fact that Mr. Zimmerman is now free leaves me with such fury that I can’t express it without tears falling down my cheeks. When will the open season of black males be ended? Why is that someone else’s fear of a black man ‘justifies’ their killing them and not being punished. I can’t imagine how the jury can look at what happened and not see that the choices Mr. Zimmerman made caused the death of a kid going to the store for Arizona Tea and Skittles. I’m not sure how that made Trayvon Martin the ‘aggressor’ but in their minds I suppose all they saw was a scary black thug and not an innocent person walking home.
I hope that this film and the MANY deaths of innocent black males will finally start not a dialogue (I’m SICK of words) but a change in how people are prosecuted, that the ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws reversed across the United States and that we start prosecuting people EQUALLY under the law.
On December 31, 2008, 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop in Oakland by BART officers. His death would shake the Bay Area- and the entire nation – to its very core. Writer and director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, winner of both the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic feature and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, recounts Oscar’s final hours on that tragic day.
The ACLU of Southern California and Bet Tzedek invite you to a special screening of Fruitvale Station on Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Regal L.A. LIVE Theater in Downtown Los Angeles.
Ephraim Walker, the film’s producer and the civil rights attorney who represented the Grant family, will participate in a panel Q&A following the screening among other surprise guests.
Seating is limited. Admission is $12, and all tickets will be held at the door.