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