I am so, so mad at the Trayvon Martin verdict. To think that a child holding things that children eat, like Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea, was gunned down because he looked suspicious is beyond me. But letting George Zimmerman walk free is a pain in my heart. I turned to my best friend, Nickie Trice, for clarification. We both have three boys. We both met at the skatepark. Unlike me, Nickie is African-American. In today’s society, this changes everything.
Now look at the picture below.
Ask yourself with complete honesty: do these boys scare you? Nickie’s words: “After the verdict came out, the boys were upset. They were confused as to how Zimmerman could be found innocent. Noah laid across my bed and said to me “Mom, I don’t understand this world” and I felt sad and numb because I didn’t know what to say to him. I ended up just saying to him, Son, I don’t understand the world myself. Unfortunately our justice system is not always fair. Being of mixed culture, I teach my sons to embrace their heritage, but be very aware that in the eyes of the world, they are only seen as one race. A black man. I teach them not to judge people by the color of their skin, but by the character of a person. They have friends of every nationality, but I have to remind them when they go out to be aware of their surroundings and know that even in their mixed group of friends, they will be the ones who are watched closely. As teenagers they are out with friends a lot. They have actually been stopped by police while just hanging with friends at the mall for no apparent reason. In the wake of what is going on in the world, I find myself at times worrying to the point of a panic attack if I don’t hear from them. The truth is I worry about my boys everyday. Will they be stopped as they travel home from school? or as they are hanging out at the mall with their friends? or riding their bikes home? Honestly, It’s a very scary world for me right now. And for the boys, to be aware to is to be alive. I’m very sad right now that we are still here in the year 2013.” And not only do they have to worry about the police…but now they must be on the look out for civilians who feel its their duty to take justice into their own hands. Listen to Nickie’s words and take them to heart. Stop judging. We have come too far to still take part in racial profiling. It’s starts with just one person. Let it be YOU.