Unless you’re living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. Apparently Trayvon Martin, who is a teenager, was shot and killed for the sole reason that he was “walking while black” in Sanford, Fl. As if that wasn’t bad enough, law enforcement officials didn’t even conduct a real investigation into the shooting at the time.
Sadly, this is not the first time that something like this has happened, and It’s certainly not going to be the last. Is this what I have to look forward to as the mother of a black boy in America? Should I ban him from wearing hoodies and sneakers and force him to wear suits and ties so that he doesn’t look “suspicious?” How can I keep him safe?
I forced myself to listen to the 911 tapes. The audio file below houses all the 911 calls that were made that night. One call is from George Zimmerman, and others from nearby residents. In some, you can literally hear the chilling sounds of someone screaming in the background. Of course you really can’t tell who is actually doing the screaming, but it’s still scary. I continued to listen as tears rolled down face trying to make some sense of the situation, but sadly I can’t make any sense of it.
Ever since all of the tea party party nonsense and rhetoric that sprang up back in 2008 when President Obama was running for president, Philip kept saying that this country is taking a turn for the worse. He mentioned that maybe we should think about making a move to another country, maybe Canada or somewhere in the Caribbean. I never took him seriously, but now, I don’t know. I think he may be right.