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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thursday Love: Say I Love You To Those Who Matter Most

With all the turmoil that's happening in Sanford Florida which is about 15 minutes from my home, I didn't feel that it would be right to try to talk about a relationship issue this week. 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed just about a month ago and the man who openly admits that he DID shoot him is still walking free.

I'm at a loss for words regarding the travesty of justice that's going on in the city of Sanford right now. My previous statement may sound like I'm already saying that George Zimmerman is guilty and should be thrown in prison for the rest of his life. That's not what I'm saying because I'm not the kind of person to automatically say that a situation is racially motivated, and I'm not the kind of person to play the race card....because I think it's become less of an actual reason for the difficulties we face as black people, and more so an excuse because nothing has been handed to us. I prefer to reserve my judgement until all facts have come out in a matter before condemning anyone.

However, at this time with all the different stories being posted online, the 911 recordings, the girlfriend's statement, Zimmerman himself on a 911 recording disobeying what the dispatcher tells him...it's kind of hard not to reserve some kind of judgement. One can only hope that justice is done in this tragic case.

Being a black man and new father, the thing that scares me the most is that the possibility exists that this kind of tragedy can happen to anyone. My son, me...my brother...my friend. ANYONE.

There's a saying in the black community called D.W.B. Driving While Black. We laugh about it because it's happened to many of us where we've been pulled over for doing nothing....or what seemed like just a way for a white officer to exert his authority. I've experienced it multiple times in my life...even so far as being pulled from my vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike, thrown on the hood of my car, cuffed, and had all my belongings tossed from my vehicle. Only to have the officers tell me that I was free to go and to "be on my best behavior".

What is this world coming to where a kid can't walk to HIS OWN HOME (gated community or not), wearing whatever he pleases, and not be harassed by some "Top Flight Security" rent-a-cop? Let alone be pursued by him and eventually shot dead by him.

I fear for the upcoming generation of young black men, because it seems that no matter how far we've come as a people...we still have so very far to go! I fear for the upcoming generation because you have no clue what others deem to be suspicious activity, or what paranoia's or fears of other races they may have. Or even what ingrained hatred they may have for people of other races.

So to all the black mothers and fathers out there....kiss your children...hug them tight...tell them YOU LOVE THEM...because tomorrow is not promised for any of us! Just ask Trayvon Martin's parents.

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