‘You Never Thought That By Shooting A Black Male, You’d Inherit All Of His Struggles:’ Lance Gross Cosigns Letter To Zimmerman

July 15, 2013  |  

Source: WENN

Saturday night, the world stood still as the jurors in the Trayvon Martin trial announced their ‘not guilty’ verdict, acquitting the slain teen’s shooter, George Zimmerman, on all charges. Social media sites like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook served not only as forums for people to share their outrage over the outcome of the trial, but also as a place for the broken-spirited to console one another. Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor actor, Lance Gross, however, took to social media to repost a statement to George Zimmerman in an open letter, which he shared via his Instagram page.  In the letter, the writer, Alex Fraser, tells Zimmerman that the jurors may have ruled in his favor, but the battle has only begun, because his life will never be the same. The letter in its entirety reads:

“Dear George Zimmerman,

For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.

You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.

People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you’ll want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up the next day, put on firm look and push through life.

I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you’d end up inheriting all of his struggles.

Enjoy your ‘freedom.’


A black male who could’ve been Trayvon Martin”

Source: Instagram

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  • Jake

    My son told me the other day. Dad if some guy was beating your head into the ground I would hope you would shoot them too. He didn’t see a white hispanic (whatever that is) shoot a black 17 year old kid. He saw it for what it was, a man defending his life. In his eyes he saw his father dying had he not pulled the trigger. George Zimmerman will suffer the wrath of the liberal media for the rest of his life but let’s not kid ourselves he was just defending his own life. If your choice is being beaten to death or defending yourself, I know what I would do.

  • Concerned American

    Seems a little melodramatic!

  • LB

    Spot on.

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    Very Nice

  • JohnnyCanada

    I think since Zimmerman is part hispanic he probably already knows how it feels. This was not a white on black crime so please stop acting like it was.

  • Elizabeth Aspen

    I agree with the letter whole-heartedly. Now, let’s do one from a female perspective as well, because every struggle of the black man that Zimmerman has now inherited, we have the same and many, many more.

    • rita

      the female perspective would be somewhat different, though. make no mistake: if trayvon had been a tracey, the narrative would have been very different because we’d have a case of a man (and a big Latino man at that) attacking a teenage girl. a man is not supposed to be afraid of a woman. while BW clearly suffer from racism (people underestimating our abilities, passing us over for jobs, suspecting us of stealing, plus structural socio-economic disadvantage, problems BM also experience in this country), in my experience people do not fear violence from BW to the same extent as they do our brothers. probably for the simple reason that men are generally bigger, stronger, and more aggressive than women regardless of race. questlove has a gorgeous article out post-verdict about his experience as a large BM having to work every day trying to make people feel comfortable and not threatened by him because they judge him on sight. i think it cheapens their struggle to claim BW experience this particular form of discrimination to the same extent. kanye’s video all falls down basically illustrates this.

  • bunnychi75

    Heard this letter being read on the SHMS (Steve Harvey Morning Show). All I could just say was ‘Wow!’ It spoke volumes, and it didn’t have to be derogatory. But now, every body knows his name and face, no matter the race.

    And like one of my friends said, ironically: ‘He just may be safer out of jail than in’. Because you KNOW those cats were waiting on him! He’d have had to be separated from the gen populace for his entire sentence.

  • alexpatrol

    This is brilliant.

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  • Logic

    The only people who know what it is like to be black are people who are born black. Zimmerman will just know what it is like to be infamous.

  • cocoafly

    Lance Gross did not write this letter. A man named Alex Fraser wrote it. As stated in the post, Lance reposted it on his Instagram.

  • TShells

    Love it…because it’s ALL TRUE.

  • ToyaSharee

    I think the statement was poignant, but I fear it is untrue. As the jury has proven, there are many people who look at Zimmerman’s actions as self-defense and feel that he was the one who was victimized. Something tells me his life won’t be all that inconvenienced or disrupted because I don’t think he nor many people who think like him feel that he did anything wrong.

  • Kam

    This is basically what I told one of my cousins yesterday when we talked about the verdict. I told him I was never expecting a guilty verdict on murder or manslaughter charges (this is FL afterall), but in “freeing” GZ from one jail, he just went into another one. He is seriously dellusional if he thinks he will move on in life and become a lawyer and help others “like him”. He will now be put in the shoes of Trayvon Martin and every other black, and non white minority (particularly darker shades of brown) who are overlooked, profiled, and stereotyped on a daily basis. And because of his decision to “defend himself” from a person of “suspicion” it won’t be a da-ned thing he can do about it.

  • NeaJ

    Enough said!!!

  • WestIndianAngel

    Please give proper attribution for this letter. It was by Alex Fraser.

  • WestIndianAngel

    Please give proper attribution for this letter. It was by Alex Fraser.

    • Nia

      They tell you that Alex Fraser wrote it.

  • Ok the author must not have fully looked at the comment that Lance made under the picture. He DID NOT write the letter, he re-posted the picture from one of his followers.
    (not to discredit the actual meaning/depth of the letter itself …just thought you all should be informed)

    • Common Sense

      It said he cosigns it. Not wrote it.

      • sabrina

        It originally said that he wrote it himself because I came across this same article yesterday saying to myself “Dang! You go Lance! So well-written too.” And then I saw this comment and said…oh, nevermind! Haha glad they edited it and gave the correct author proper credit.

  • doesn’t matter

    OMG! I could not have said this any better myself….Awesome letter Lance!

  • CarlaKah

    so well written! Lance thank you!

  • bluekissess

    That’s a good way to put it. This story tugs at my heart. I feel exhausted with the news stations and fb pictures and posts. My only hope is that this story isn’t talked about for ratings or claiming to be the good Samaritan through social media etc

  • MeekoPrissy

    It goes without saying that Zimmerman’s life will be different because of his actions, but Lance’s letter says it more profoundly than I would have ever thought to say it. Zimmerman’s days should not be warm and fuzzy. He needs to understand the severity of his actions and the pain he caused a family.

    • bluekissess

      I’m not even related but I felt like this has caused me pain. This story couldve been my story.

    • Dean Martell

      I loved this letter,it spoke so profoundly of what a Black man (African-American people really) face in America everyday. I am a Italian,Gay,individual and I have been profiled all my life because of being gay and also because I have been hanging in the African-American community since I was 14 years old (I am now 56) over the years I ever once had anyone put their hands on me but ahhh,some of the names I was called by white people,truly I am strong individual whose father & mother accepted my sexuality so I felt as long as its col t home I could care less what the outside world thinks of me. My first instanceof being “profiled” was by a fiend of mines older sister (a black woman) who worked n the personnel office of US Steel,it was 1974,I was 18,I weighed 110 lbs but I did pass the physical exam for employment in the steel mill of the suburban city I was born & raised in (13 miles outside of Downtown Pittsburgh,PA.) as was leaving one office into another so that my picture could be taken for my I.D. badge I noticed her whispering into a white gentlemens ear after which he turned and took a good,long,look at me as she walked away in te other direction (not having to face me again tha day.) In any case,after a few minutes I was then told that I would be called to return for my picture in a few day,needless to say I was never called & I watched for the next six years as they hired females (smaller than me) and also 2 of my African-American gay male fiends,in time as US Steel began laying off & many people (including this woman) loosing their jobs forever I approached her on the bus one day and reminded her of the whole incident & how it really messed with my head @ the time as everyone I knew (wite and black) were employed by US Steel. Thru the grace of God in 1982 enrolled in nursing school and became a LPN until 2008 when I went on SSD. I know what its like to be discriminated against,its a sin in the eyes of our Lord and its breed of nothing but evilness.

      • Keke0329

        Wow. What people don’t understand is that we are all the same in God’s eyes regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation and religion and we all would have to answer to Him when our time on earth expires. What ever happen to loving one another as we would love the Lord? This world is something else 🙁

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