Wednesday , 23 April 2014

It Takes a Village: Trayvon Martin

Can you imagine?

Photo Credit: HLN

Your baby boy goes out to the store and you never see him again?  You let him go because, what can happen?  Can you possibly imagine having to be afraid that something will happen to your child because of the color of his skin? The hoodie over his head?

You know what it’s like because you’ve experienced the undercurrents of racism.  But, it’s 2012. It’s not like we’re back 60 years even if we are in the south.  What will you tell your baby about this world he lives in? How will that conversation go with your child?

Baby, one day, someone might want to beat you senseless because of your hue? They might draw a gun and take you away from me.  I know I tell you all the time that you are beautiful but, not everyone sees it that way.

Can you imagine?

…Your baby walks out and you never see him alive again
…Your precious baby boy (because let’s face it, that’s what he was to his mami) is gunned down for no reason other than a perceived threat by someone who has a history of vigilante behavior
…Your sweet child that you carried in your womb and nurtured with all of the love that only a mother can feel is gone. Lying on a cold slab in the city morgue
…Having no good and reasonable answer for why you are burying your child instead of the other way around?
…No consequences for the man that took your baby boy’s life. Not after the statements were taken. Not after the calls were heard

Can you? Sit with that for a second.  Because someone doesn’t have to imagine it. Someone is living it.

And the reason I’m writing this today is because while you may think this doesn’t apply to you, this could have been my child.  And if I claim to believe that it takes a village to raise a child, Trayvon was mine.  He belonged to each and every one of us.  Each mami that can go home and hug her girlchild, each papi that can tuck in at his big boy tonight.

And if it takes a village to raise a child, you must understand that only a mother can bury one and that it takes a nation to speak for one.

Can you imagine?  I urge all of my readers to sign this petition.

But above and beyond that? I pray that this outrage that we are feeling about this injustice does not wane.  And that we can remember this case (among the others) when it comes time for us to truly speak for ourselves. That we choose to get up and vote so that all of the little boys and girls that did not get a chance to can be spoken for.

Because it takes a village and if I am blessed with having a baby boy one day, I don’t want to think that he’ll come into a world where this could happen to him.  Can you imagine?

About Sili

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.

11 comments

  1. Sili, I have already signed this petition. It breaks my heart that this teenage boy lost his life because of someone’s racist’s views.

    A boy loses his life for wearing his hoodie and walking through (I assume) a mostly white neighborhood he is visiting for the first time. It reminds me of the time my eldest son, then a college student, visited his roommates’ wealthy New Orleans family home while doing volunteer work for Habitat of Humanity in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During the visit, he took a morning run through the neighborhood, even smiling and waving at several neighbors of the gated community. Someone called the police to report a suspicious person.

    Yes, I have Cuban heritage. My son is half-Cuban and has olive skin. He, too, was visiting a mostly white neighborhood for the first time. When he returned to the family’s pool house after his early morning run, he took a shower. When his friend stopped by the pool house to invite him to breakfast, Brian was surprised to learn that several police cars had arrived while he was in the shower. Not just one patrol car, but several! The family had to assure the officers that his son’s roommate was visiting their home. What happened to this boy could have easily happened to my son, if one of the Neighborhood Watchmen had zealously taken it upon himself to rid the neighborhood of its “intruder.”

    As you so eloquently wrote, a parent had to bury his child and the murderer goes unpunished. The vigilante is a murderer, and he should be prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law. No, it won’t bring this boy back to his parents, but justice will be served.

    It is the YEAR 2012. It is the United States of America. We have a black PRESIDENT.
    Yet, racism still rears its ugly head.

    We are all one people under God.
    We are the HUMAN race.

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      Susana, your story gets me riled up all over again. It’s ridiculous that your child had to go through that. I pray that we can grow from this as a nation but to be honest, I’m disheartened right now.

    • Susana, what happened to your son send chills through me. My sons are 8 and 10. How long will it be before they have stories of a similar vein to tell. I used to think “never.” Now, I see that it’s more than likely just a matter of time.
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  2. This story saddens me so much…My heart goes out this the Martin family. Please pray for this family and America.

    Blessings!
    misoglamorous.net

  3. I have been following this story online and on tv and still can not understand why they didn’t arrest him! It baffles me! Now, the guy is missing? Come on, wtf? Seriously, a young boy lost his life for no reason. A family lost their son, brother, grandson for no reason other than a racist punk a** wanna be cop. It sickens me that this “person” was able to walk away without punishment. I pray to my Gods that they find him and convict him of murder. So terrible sad for the Martin family.
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    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      It’s ridiculous. And then today, hearing that Geraldo Rivera stated that he shouldn’t have been wearing a hoodie, as if it was his fault was like another slap in the face. Thanks for stopping by, Brenda!

      oxoxox

  4. I love what you’ve written here so very much. This whole situation has been somewhat sobering for me.
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  5. This is definitely a sad story and I was very teary-eyed while reading this…Its just there are a lot of things that comes into my mind…
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  6. This is so heartbreaking.
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