On realising the depth of your ignorance..
I just thought Aisha and Ramona were better, stricter mothers than I was. I didn’t realize they were trying to teach their boys not to call attention to themselves, to fly below the radar screen. I didn’t realize they were teaching their boys skills that they desperately needed to survive as black men in a white world.
From “Trayvon Martin: A Mother’s Lament in Black, White & Brown” by Suzanne Turner at Fem 2.0.
Behold, the lewd, pornographic embrace of two great American pathologies: Race and guns, both of which have conspired not only to take the life of a teenager, but to make that killing entirely permissible. I can’t look an African-American parent in the eye for thinking about what they must tell their sons about what can happen to them on the streets of their country. Tonight, anyone who truly understands what justice is and what it requires of a society is ashamed to call himself an American.
From “Trayvon” by David Simon at The Audacity of Despair.
And the We Are Not Trayvon Martin tumblr is absolutely worth the read for white allies.
Finally, links here to some of the best photos from the protest rallies around the US for justice for Trayvon Martin make for cathartic viewing.