I was originally planning on writing about how I am going to the midnight screening of The Hunger Games tonight with three of my besties and how we have literally waited months for this day to come and if we weren’t
mature adults total slackers we would have totally bought Team Peeta t-shirts to wear with our cozy pants.
But, I can’t. Instead, I have to write about something much more important, because I cannot stop reading about and listening to coverage of this Trayvon Martin case. While I would not ordinarily intend for my blog to be about topics that could in any way be considered to be newsworthy or even potentially political, this one cannot be ignored.
And here is the truth—it is actually about parenting. And children. And our greatest fears being realized.
You see, as the mother of daughters, there are many reasons why I would fear letting them walk alone, even in broad daylight, on the street. Even as teenagers, even in gated communities. Bad things can happen to girls.
But here is something I would never have to think about for *my* girls, something I would never have to fear in their walking alone and that is someone quite literally hunting them down and killing them because of the color of their skin.
And y’all, this boy, this beautiful, smiling, innocent boy, who was coming back from the 7-Eleven with his iced tea and his Skittles to his father’s girlfriend’s home was murdered because he was black. Period. And if you don’t believe me, listen to the 911 tapes. They will make your blood run cold. They will make you weep into your hands. You will hear a boy, a teenager, screaming for help and then you will hear a gunshot and then you will hear silence. It is chilling and tragic and just so utterly sad you really cannot believe it is actually happening in the United States, in the year 2012.
The shooter, the man who murdered this boy, is free. With the gun still in his possession.
Trayvon Martin was murdered on February 26th.
Today is March 22nd.
We can do better. We must do better. If every single person reading this stands up and says no, this is not acceptable, we do not allow innocent children to be murdered on our watch and killers to go free, more will be done.
It takes a village my friends, and our children, those children whose voices cannot scream loud enough to be heard and those children whose voices have been silenced permanently deserve our willingness to fight for them. We are all that they have.