Skittles and Ice Tea

Another young man dead. Yet another young BLACK man gone, and for what reason?  Armed with nothing but an Arizona Iced Tea, Skittles and brown skin, he was described as suspicious and “just walking around looking about.” We can agree that his snacks possessed limited nutritional value, but does his desire for high fructose corn syrup warrant a fatal shot to the chest?

Seventeen-year-old Martin spent the last few moments of his life wrestling with a complete stranger who was 110 pounds heavier, 11 years his senior and who was armed with a 9mm handgun, talk about unfair advantage. Who brings skittles and ice tea to a gunfight? You mean to tell me that I’m minding MY business, preparing to eat MY skittles, drink MY ice tea and watch television with MY father and the next thing I know I’m being followed and accosted by a complete stranger? How is this ok? What message are we giving our young black boys?

Genocide is defined as “the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group”

We are losing are young men. We are losing them too soon, guilty of nothing more than existing while black. This article, Trayvon Martin and 7 Black Men Who Should be Alive Today speaks about the perils that our black men are facing.  Seven black men killed, and collectively the time that the shooters served was a mere 23 months.  That’s roughly a 3 month average for every black man “mistakenly” killed.

The admitted shooter George Zimmerman, who has called the police 46 times since Jan 2011, has not even been arrested and is claiming self defense although HE followed AND confronted the youth. ( Florida has a “Stand your Ground” law which has been dubbed “Shoot first {ask questions later}” by opponents).

The 911 calls prior to Trayvon’s death left chills all over my body, as I heard his final pleas for  help eternally  stifled by an over zealous neighborhood watchman and his 9mm handgun.

One day I hope to raise a son.  My desire is that he will become a strong and independent man, the spiritual head of his household, and the provider and the protector of his own, but I wonder if it’s selfish of me to want to bring another black boy into this world knowing the struggles he will face? How can I tell my son that he is suspect by default? How can I tell him that his brown skin and his broad shoulders are his gift, but may possibly be viewed as his curse and potentially be the cause of his demise?

Our black men are dying. Trayvon Martin is not the first, and sadly I cannot say that he will be the last. What I can say is that we must save our black boys; our future depends on it.

15 Facts You Need to Know About the Trayvon Martin Case


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