My Son Is Not Trayvon -

4 years ago

First off please check out these blog posts:
http://www.blogher.com/how-can-i-protect-my-son-becoming-another-trayvon-martin

http://thedalaimama.net/?p=3451

a list of some really good ones can be found here>http://stephherold.tumblr.com/post/56478215239/justice-for-trayvon

(If you are a black parent who has written about this topic please comment with the link and I will add it to this list)

This post isn't about the law. Law and Justice are not always the same thing. It's about listening. It's about compassion.

There is a trend in the blogging community. Those claiming they are "Trayvon's mom" and there is a huge problem when the majority of posts are coming from white women (at least some of them have black sons).

I am not Trayvon's mom.

That doesn't mean my heart didn't break for his mother, or that I didn't start to shake and crumble into a crying mess when I heard the verdict.

I can relate to the feeling of losing a child, but I can't relate to how those mothers must feel looking into their black son's sweet face. They know how hard it's going it is to protect him, just based on his skin colour. My son is white, because of this he is privileged. When he grows and is a strapping young man of 17 he will be able to walk down the street, at night, alone, without worrying about his safety. What's more, if anything DOES happen to him, he will not be blamed for it. What's more, if my son turns out is the one making other people unsafe he is more likely to walk away without punishment just because he is white.

 Now is the time to listen. Please check out the list above and really listen to how race and racism affects people's lives.
AND PLEASE. out of respect for Trayvon, do not tell me how hard it is for white people.

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