I am the mother of a 17 year old son. Every since this story broke, I have been brokenhearted by that one simple thought. I, too, am the mother of a 17 year old son. In less than 90 days, Lord willing, I will witness my son graduate from high school. In less than five months, he will be a freshman in college. I can still remember the first moment I laid eyes on my 10 pound 3 ounce bundle of joy. I often wonder where the time went. When I think about Trayvon’s mother, I can only imagine that she can also recall the first moment she held him in her arms, his first steps and even anticipated watching him walk across the stage on his graduation day.
I can imagine that when she agreed for him to spend spring break at his father’s home in Sanford, Florida she breathed a sigh a relief KNOWING he would be in good hands and out of harm’s way. I would have had that very same thought. We can debate the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law to the end of time and it won’t make this right. Trayvon represents the face of every single boy child in every community in this country. He wasn’t robbing a neighborhood, he wasn’t selling drugs, truth is if he was doing any of that most of us would say “oh well that was inevitiable”. Instead, he was just being a kid, buying a snack and heading back to his dad’s. A stranger was following him and he tried to lose this “weird” guy. In hindsight, it seems he had every reason to fear this man. The innocence of childhood was lost on that day and no matter what we may want to think about the virtues of protecting our belongings from unruly teens, this was a bad call.
Trayvon was my son too. I can’t imagine, Tyriq (my 17 year old) making a different decision than the ones Trayvon made on that day. I know that I would have been delighted to hear his father say to me “I want him to come up to my house for Spring Break.” I would have lovingly helped him pack his bag and kissed him on the forehead and said “have fun and make good decisions” (ask him, I say this everyday). I, however; could not imagine him coming home to me in a box. Geraldo commented and said “his hoodie was as much at fault for his death as Zimmerman”. REALLY??? I would love to know what Geraldo would say if Trayvon was HIS child.
I stand with every parent and otherwise appauled citizen of the world, for every child, everywhere. They deserve the chance to grow up. To live in a changed world, where we don’t search for reasons to mow them down in the streets, no matter what neighborhood the street may be in. TRAYVON WAS MY CHILD TOO!