I’m still trying to figure out how to put all of my emotions about the George Zimmerman verdict in the Trayvon Martin case – into words. I watched the trial and had a horrible feeling throughout that Zimmerman would be found not guilty.
Like millions of parents of Black boys, this verdict isn’t JUST a headline or a tweet or a Facebook comment. It is a message that in a few short years, my bright three year old boy will be presumed a suspect when he’s walking home from school or to a friend’s house.
I’m taking part in a campaign by Essence Magazine to spread a social media message about our sons, their worth and their safety. Here’s an Instagram photo collage I posted of A.J. and I, his visits to the library and his desire to learn Chinese.
Support Essence Magazine’s #HeIsNotASuspect Campaign on Instagram and Facebook by
- Posting a photo with your son, nephew, grandson, family friend, student who you want the world to know is NOT a suspect.
- Share this post and the Essence Magazine Campaign.
Do you think the not guilty verdict will open up an honest conversation in the United States about race?
What do you think of President Obama’s statement that “Trayvon Martin could have been me” when he shared his own experience with racial profiling?