|Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)|
When little black girls go to school teachers do not expect for them to fail in the same way they do little black boys. Black women are not profiled by law enforcement the same way as black men. And, employers are much more inclined to hire us.
|Emmett Till (1941-1955)|
The shooter was 28 year old George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch volunteer and policeman want-a-be, with a criminal record of domestic violence. In a 911 call to police at the time of the incident, he referred to Martin as a "fucking coon." However, in the last week or so, Zimmerman has changed his ethnicity from white to Hispanic, in order to avoid being charged for a hate crime.
Since this Trayvon Martin case erupted, knots have wrung out the lining of my stomach, making it hard to sleep or eat. How many more generations of black mothers will have to live as I now do in abject fear for the lives of our sons?