Difficult Choices for the GOP: Trayvon Martin or Etch-A-Sketch
Everyone is understandably angry about of Trayvon Martin, the young black 17-year-old boy who was gunned down by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida. The kid was not armed, unless you count the can of ice tea and pack of Skittles candy he carried. He was doing nothing more other than walking through a gated community, wearing a black hoodie and baggy pants. Oh yes, he was wearing one other thing. He was wearing black skin.
Zimmerman claims he feared for his life and was only defending himself. The Sanford Police Department later reported his actions were in compliance with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which was signed by Jeb Bush in 2005, the governor at the time. The police released both Zimmerman and his weapon back into the public. A quickie investigation with no background check. Nor was any drug testing completed.
However, they did conduct a drug test on Trayvon Martin. He had to be on something, right? That’s what George told the 911 operator before he opened fire, so it must have been true.
It’s sad that we still deal with the scary black male issue in 2012. As a 50-year-old man, I can still remember back to the lectures of my youth from my mom of how to handle myself when out in the world. No matter how much I didn’t want to hear it, I had to listen. She was my mom. She just wanted to make sure I made it home alive.
This beautiful black skin does carry certain burdens. And one of those burdens is the fear many white people have of it. Of course, the fear is real to them. But, in most cases, it is unjustified. But I did what most black males do. I dealt with it. It was the only to get through life. The American dream is alive for us, too. We just have to work a bit harder and do it a bit differently. That’s just the way it is.Continued on the next page