|Watch out! She has a hood!|
I wish I had the luxury of keeping The Bee in a safe bubble, protecting her from the evils of the world but we cannot afford not to be aware. She's always enjoyed an environment in which she has been appreciated for being herself but as she gets older and able to be on her own more I worry and prepare for the day when she will get the hate filled words of stupid bigotry hurled at her. I hope it never happens and I feel she could handle it but why should this be a part of her training? Isn't school and tweendom hard enough? Now there is the added lesson of the do's and don'ts of being a Black Child?
The phrase "post-racial" bangs about through my head. I suppose there are slices of life that could be considered post-racial but this rule is negated when one can be targeted because they "don't look like they belong." Watching the Trayvon Martin coverage with The Bee we will discuss the case and I listen to her tween outrage. "Zimmerman should be in jail!" she will shout arguing with the television. She cannot understand why Zimmerman is still allowed to be free after being told that people who kill should be punished. How do I explain that the law is seeming arbitrary, that more concern is given to a dog than a man. A young Black Man that is?
I want to be able to tell my kid that she will be safe.
There are times that I wish I were able to express myself better and am thankful for blogging friends that have been able to voice the words that I cannot. Below are links to a few of the bloggers who have spoken out about this case. Please visit them and share your thoughts.
|I'm a menace...to your mind|
The Power Mommy writes an open letter to George Zimmerman.
The Germantown Avenue Parent Blog writes about her son's loss of innocence.
The Field Negro has kept a vigil on the case. The posts are here.
I am Trayvon's mother from I Yam Pam
The Black Snob writes about apologizing and still not being good enough
Mama Knows It All wonders what is Trayvon were Travis?