It is very important to me to present this blog, “Blackmenmatter” in lieu of the Trayvon Martin case. I have followed the case and find the anger within me coming to the forefront when I imagine Trayvon gasping for his very last breath. The idea that if even one person on the face of this earth would so disregard the life of yet another African American male to just snuff it out, just like in the 1960’s, and prior – all the way back to slavery and the earlier post-slavery days in the year 2012, is absolutely unimaginable an unacceptable.
A young man on his way home, minding his own business. His only offense: being a young black man.
The thought of knowing there are still people out there who find no harm in what has happened to young, innocent, unarmed Trayvon brings me to the place to say to those who condone the shooter’s behavior, this is not right and the existence of black men must be preserved and maintained by those of us who care.
Personally, I have 3 sons, 5 grandsons, 2 brothers, 3 nephews and a host of cousins, uncles and friends who are black and whom I love very deeply. And to imagine that Trayvon Martin could have been someone in my family and/or circle of friends or acquaintainces is heartbreaking.
The killing and murder of innocent black men must stop and only we can stop it. There is racial bias here in America, even if many refuse to acknowledge it. As an African American mother, I see it clearly and will not ignore it. We parents must get involved and teach our children how to live, not just survive in this world. A world that discounts the “negro” and ignores our contributions unless those contributions are so great no one can ignore them.
We, African Americans must step up to the plate and help bring about this change.
As an African American woman I would like to say to each and every Black man, no matter what your nationality or origin is…”YOU MATTER” and “WE NEED YOU”. …But most of all, WE LOVE YOU!
This endeavor is not to be undertaken by African Americans alone, but by every individual and race on this planet. A change has to come…
See you next time.