I just returned from a candlelight vigil for Trayvon Martin, the young man whose life was tragically cut short last month in Florida.
What kind of a world do we live in, that teenagers are not safe walking home after dark? What kind of a world do we live in, that teenagers who dress like their peers, just trying to fit in, are labelled as thugs?
I thought we had moved beyond the world where African-American teenage males must be told to be careful how they act, or they will be arrested or worse. All teenagers annoy their elders, but that African-American males must fear for their lives is just plain wrong.
I want to live in a world where no one dies because of fear, where being black (or brown, or some color other than white) is not a crime, where law-abiding teenagers don’t have to fear the police, or vigilantes, where love and justice prevail.
How long must we wait for Dr. King’s dream to come true?
- Trayvon Martin supporters hold prayer vigils (thegrio.com)
- Calls for justice rage on a month after Trayvon Martin’s killing (news.blogs.cnn.com)