Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I don't usually write about issues here but this one is so heart-breaking that I felt compelled to express my opinion about it.
So by now everyone across the country has heard about Trayvon Martin and his murder. If not the rock you are hiding behind must be huge!
Trayvon Martin was walking around his neighborhood with his hood up, a bag of Skittles, Iced Tea and his cell phone. These were the only items he had on him when Zimmerman alledges that he felt threatened and acted in self-defense by shooting and killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin.
I am a white mother who is outraged by these events! I don't care if it was my son who had he hood up and was killed for it or Barney the Purple dinosaur! Why is it that our population is still so ignorant to the fact the we are all humans and deserve the same respect as anyone in the world?
I personally have walked around with my hood up even into stores so should I have been supicious to others or even shot for this? If we are all really scared/suspious of people in hoodies then in reality we should be scared of a good portion of society!
How do I as a mother explain to my 5 year old that this boy was gunned down because of his clothing!?! We teach him to not see color but to see each person for who they are. I know that racism/sexism still runs rampid in our society but in our house we don't allow any of this to happen.
I continue to pray for Trayvon's Mother and Family that they will find JUSTICE soon! I also wear my hoodie proudly today in your honor!
Posted by Randi Kobielnik at 4:26 PM