• For Trayvon and Lonnie and…

    For Trayvon and Lonnie and…
    … for Keilon and Justis, Jordan, Sterling and Christian, CJ and Christopher, Messiah, Barry and Shamel. My young and precious nephews.

     

    Trayvon Martin

    February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012

     

    This is Lonnie, my nephew. Born February 6, 1995, one day after Trayvon Martin. I pray that I will never have to see a second date posted after his name. A freshly minted high school graduate, he has embarked on his life as a young man in America. I am proud and excited and terrified.

    #BlackLivesMatter

    Trayvon Martin - #BlackLivesMatter

    #BlackLivesMatter, Trayvon Martin, NY rally

    Black Lives Matter, New Yorkers march for Trayvon

    Trayvon Martin murdered. Black lives matter.

     

     

     

    The photos above are ones I took at a rally for Trayvon held in Union Square in New York on July 14, 2013.

     

    The photos below are culled from the web. Young boys who have been or likely will be profiled for the color of their skin no matter the content of their character.

     

    young black man, black student, student, studious

     

     

    happy black boys, black children, children, innocence

     

    freckles, black kids, black boys, black lives matter

     

    curious black boy, intelligence, honor, black children, black lives matter

     

    young black boys, black children, children
    photo by Hillebrand Steve
    boys having fun, boys, children, black children
    photo by Anthony Ansel

    President Obama Speaks About Trayvon Martin

     

    “You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago… There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
     
    And for those who resist the idea that we should think about something like these ‘stand your ground’ laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? – President Barack Obama

     

    We Are Not All Trayvon

    We are not all Trayvon Martin. To say so diminishes the truth of his experience and that of those who are indeed most like Trayvon. I write this then for them, for Lonnie and Oscar and Barack and Shamel. I am not Trayvon Martin but I am your sister, your aunt, your neighbor, your fellow American and as such, I will raise my voice in protest and action to shine light into the dark places we don’t talk about as a nation to ensure that you have equal protection under the law.

     

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