Maddie and I were talking today about how something should be on the blog about Trayvon Martin’s death, and she was able to put together the following post. Click on the image to go to the story.
This is NPR’s latest story about Trayvon Martin’s killing and the
effect it has had nation-wide. This article is written by Corey Dade,
who describes “The Talk” he was given by his father about how to
survive as a black man in America. As he says, “For other boys coming
of age, parents may end ‘The Talk’ after a lecture about sex, drugs,
alcohol or Internet porn. The rite for black boys often is more
rigorous: We’re also drilled on a set of rules designed to protect us
against suspicions too often associated with the color of our skin.”
I think this incident has really illuminated the issues still faced by
people of color in our society — the Civil Rights Movement may be
close to a half a century behind us, but racism and bigotry and
race-based fears still exist.