You may or may not know Keegan Von Roberts, and to be honest with you, I didn't know him either until now. I was doing research earlier today on a different topic that I wanted to discuss when I stumbled across this young man's story. As I gather more information on this tragic incident, I came across even more disturbing information surrounding this family's story which I will share later. But my question in regards to all this is: why was this not a featured news story? I did not see this in the national news, nor did I hear any protest on this matter across the nation. I was actually in Jacksonville, FL on vacation during the time this young man was murdered and I still didn't hear any noise being made about this. Could it be that America has become numb to the murders of our black men? Well if you feel that way, think again because after you find out the details of this story, you may consider starting a protest of your own.
On July 20, 2017, 22-year-old Keegan Von Roberts was murdered by his neighbor regarding a nonsensical dispute. As the series of events surrounding this story unfolds, it seems that the "stand your ground" act in the State of Florida is very alive and well. Remnant of the murder of Trayvon Martin in February 2012 by non-incarcerated George Zimmerman, Roberts killer was not charged with murder and used the "stand your ground" law in his defense in order to eliminate jail time. Keegan Von Roberts was murdered in cold blood shortly after midnight, leaving behind a pregnant wife and child. Roberts alleged killer was taken in for questioning, but later released after police officials determined that he had no reason to be charged.
The media really dropped the ball on this one. They have been so preoccupied with Donald Trump in that it is keeping everyone else fixated on him, to the point that all other relevant information is ignored; just look at what happened to Puerto Rico. America is so wrapped up in football that they are giving critical news stories the side-eye. Where was all of the other black news outlets to report on Mr. Keegan? I'm not blaming anyone or blasting anyone, but what I do know is that another young black man has lost his life at the hands of a white supremacists of some sort, and there was no outrage or protests. Barely over 2 weeks ago, Jason Stockley was acquitted in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith; even after saying "we're killing this motherfucker!!" I mean you can't get anymore raw than that, yet our black men keep getting killed while their killers go home and enjoy a nice meal with their families.
There is some severe systematic oppression in this country we call home. Donald Trump expects us to stand at attention with our hand over our hearts as we recite a lie!! We cannot honor something that does not honor us. If you disagree, look back at the Buffalo Soldiers and all that they accomplished for this country as black men, yet in 2017 we are still second hand in a white man's land; this is just modern day segregation. If anyone can honestly sit here and say that there is no issue, I challenge you to have a conversation with the mother of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Oscar Grant, Keegan Von Roberts, and any other black man killed at the hands of the oppressor that I failed to mention, see how they feel; hear what they're thinking. Could you imagine how they would react if it were their children being murdered at the hands of those that are supposed to protect, the hands of those that are supposed to "love thy neighbor." I don't know what it feels like to lose a son, let alone a child. But what I do know is that if things keep going at the rate they're going now, black mothers across the nation will come close to that feeling everyday.
What I want from the black community is for us to make noise every time the lives of our black men are taken without justifiable cause. Regardless as to what the national media and local news outlets are reporting on, we still have to commit to getting the word out on tragic incidences that occur in our community and invade our families. Keegan Von Roberts story deserves to be told, because Trump and his antics do not deserve this much attention. We have to put our time and efforts into strengthening our communities, despite what is being addressed in the national news. We cannot let our voices die down. We have to be the voice for our people. We have to continue the fight for justice and exercising our First Amendment right. Continue to protest this fabricated salutation to the United States of America, because "justice for all" has yet to be proven. In the words of Bob Marley:
"Get up, stand up; stand up for your right. Get up stand up; don't give up the fight."
I want to leave you with a comment left by Keegan Von Roberts mother, Sissi J. Shepard; surprisingly there was no reply or additional comments left to his mother. We cannot let his death go in silence. Follow the link below to read the full story including a news clip on Roberts for yourself. You can also find his GoFundMe posting down below as well. Be Blessed!
My son Keegan Von Roberts was killed by Michael centanni IV on July 20th a piece of paper blue in his yard he left the safety of his home came over to my son’s car where he and his pregnant wife of five months we’re having date night shot and killed him 3 times .Keegan begged him to leave them along as the were parked in front of Elainy’s mom housee. he is still not arrested per the state attorney they don’t have enough evidence.Eliany has since lost the baby .Thea funeral for my granddaughter is on Monday the 21st at 1 pm.at West Lawn here in Jacksonville he is claiming stand your ground and self defense go to Justice 4 Keegan or sissi j Shepard Facebook page.
~Cited: www.blacktalkradionetwork.com; Sissi J Shepard on 08/20/2017 at 11:33 AM