Fruitvale Station

If you are living in the U.S. and you don’t know the name Trayvon Martin by now then I would be quite shocked considering all the media attention that his case has garnered since the trial ended with the bombshell decision. Yet, If you are living and the U.S. and don’t know the name Oscar Grant III, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit seeing that before I came across this movie trailer I didn’t know who he was either. To read and see what happened to Mr. Grant in 2008 was more shocking to me than what happened to Trayvon Martin. At the same time, it was definitely a reaffirmation that the world of today hasn’t changed much from the times of decades ago where race dictated a vast amount of what did and did not happen. Being a black man, I feel connected to these two stories, to these two young men, and to these two situations.

I was Trayvon Martin when I was 17 years old. I wore that same style of hoodie. I ate that same candy. I had that same mindset that if someone was following me that you had to fight your way out of it, and not run because if you did then you would be running for the rest of your life.

I was Oscar Grant III when I was 22 years old. I have been accused of wrongdoing because I was in a group with other black men. I have been spoken to as if I had committed a crime when I had done nothing of the sort. It sad to say that this is a regular occurrence, and I’m truly not surprised that much has not changed in all this time.

I’m not surprised by the recent events and their outcomes. Whether it be a reduced sentence in one trial to no conviction in the other, the things that have transpired are indeed eye-opening to how bad things truly are for minorities. The idea of sitting by silently and sulking about things was not something I was comfortable with, so I decided to pass on the news of the amazing film about the last day of Oscar Grant III’s life.

Fruitvale Station received the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it won the award for Best First Film. It stars Michael B. Jordan (as Oscar Grant III) and looks to give a fresh perspective of the tragic events that occurred on New Year’s Day 2009.

I definitely plan to see this movie and I recommend it to all those that have thoughts of how the recent events spark sadness, but has yet to inspire action. Perhaps this film can invoke in you a sense of purpose to spread the word that things that have recently transpired are not just in any sense. Even if it’s just to one single person.

Supreme Soul