There is always a message we communicate by every action we perform, which becomes a symbol of our values to those who take note. The actions of a people or better yet a nation are no less symbolic and speak to future generations no matter how deeply we try to bury them. The symbols are contingent and in many ways require the passing of years to be fully interpreted, and as such, many can only be interpreted by future generations. I truly believe that the adjudicators of the Dred Scott decision had no idea that their decision would go down in history as one of the worst decisions in the history of the high court, but their actions symbolized a nations attempt to devalue the moral good of a group of humans essentially making that group perpetual economic goods for a nation. What will our present actions say to future generations. Since #Trayvon, in case after case we have acquitted those who have caused the death of a black people, especially black men, and effectively removing the goodness of their moral essence permanently. Even our basic statistical laws will not support acquittals in EVERY case. It escapes reason, but as Fanon says, (paraphrase) "reason is absent in actions towards black people." I must say today that I am concerned about our future. What interpretations will they perceive about the values of this nation and how this nation values them based upon these actions. Lawyers, courts, juries, congress, and the public at large, we are all complicit in any negative future which is born of these seemingly travesties of justice. We must do better or we will stand before our future and be judged without mercy.