Yes, I said it. It’s time to have a mom-to-mom talk with all of the black mothers across America. Saggy pants with the underwear showing, over-sized T-shirts and neon green sneakers must officially be put back in the damn closet. We are giving white America an open invitation to hate and stalk our sons.
I was just as outraged with the outcome of the George Zimmerman verdict as my neighbors. Feelings of shock, fear for my three sons and thoughts of their futures are still reverberating in my head But, I realize that we cannot continue on the path we are on.
Trayvon was not to blame for his murder. His constitutional rights were violated when he was stalked and preyed upon by a grown man with anxiety and paranoia problems. George Zimmerman should have done time, period.
But, like my mom says, what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander. I am pleading with my brown mommas. It’s time to put hard-bottom shoes and button-ups on your sons. Just because 2 Chainz and A$AP Rocky are doing it, wearing it and being it doesn’t mean its cool for your lower or middle-income brown baby to do the same. We (I am a 30-year-old married mother of three sons from the hood) don’t have access to Jay-Z’s resources if our children are shot, or put in jail or even end up pregnant.
Trayvon’s hoodie symbolizes something to White America. It is a red flag that the person in my presence is reckless. So as responsible parents we must learn how to make our children blend into the society they currently inhabit. This does not meaning becoming homogeneous or leaving behind our African-American culture. What it means is being more covert in our actions and appearance so that our children are not obvious prey for someone looking for a willing participant to their own prejudice and racism.
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