I know I’m not alone when I say Trayvon’s story has weighed heavily on my heart and my mind. The injustice of it all is breathtaking. Not only that, but those of you that follow this blog know that a few months ago, I saw a person take his life with a gun in less than a second. I can’t even begin to tell you how this has made me feel about guns and Florida’s ridiculous gun laws.
But Little T…
How will I explain to my sweet baby boy, who is especially talented at making everyone in the room stop and smile, that he may be considered suspicious because of the color of his skin? Should I tell him he can’t ever walk alone at night? Should I tell him that hoodies are off limits? Should I tell him if a strange man is following him down the street, he should stop and hang around to see what this strange guy wants? What do I tell my son? Because unfortunately, some people will look at my son and they won’t see the happy, sweet baby boy that makes me smile every day. They’ll only see the color of his skin, and they’ll think he’s a threat.
Big T and I have grown up without having to worry about these things, and we’re not going to pretend we know what it’s like. All I can say, is that my son is my world and I don’t ever want anything like this to happen to him. If it did, my world would stop.
And this. This link breaks my heart. It’s an article in Time Magazine written by Toure, talking about how to explain Trayvon Martin to your black son.
1. It’s unlikely but possible that you could get killed today. Or any day. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. Black maleness is a potentially fatal condition. I tell you that not to scare you but because knowing that could save your life. There are people who will look at you and see a villain or a criminal or something fearsome. It’s possible they may act on their prejudice and insecurity. Being black could turn an ordinary situation into a life-or-death moment even if you’re doing nothing wrong
If you haven’t read about Trayvon Martin, you need to. It is a tragedy that deserves attention.