The Father- Son Talk That May Save his Life
by blawh1 on March 24, 2014 - 1:22am
When Trayvon Martin was buried, racial tensions were unearthed. On July 13, 2013 America got its answer in the George Zimmerman case, but the answer led to even more questions. The racial divide in America is still very real. Black households average about $20,000 less than White households in annual household income. Black men are twice as likely to be unemployed when compared to White men. College enrollment is 10% more likely for whites in the 18-24 age range than it is for Blacks. Racial profiling and police brutality affect African American males daily, and every so often a case grabs national attention because it reminds us that yes, race still does matter and we need to talk about it. African-American pastors seem to be trying to lead the charge according to this article. They are uniting to bring attention to the injustices that still exist. The teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are being used. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’ experience summarizes this article best. He recalled a time a cop stopped him on his way to a movie in a predominantly white Washington neighborhood. He was a federal prosecutor at the time. Holder, too, had talked with his children about profiling, just as his father had spoken to him. "That is a father-son tradition I hoped would not need to be handed down," he told the crowd. Until this father-son tradition is discontinued, we will need to acknowledge that although Trayvon’s case is tragic, the potential for it to happen again is very real.
As an African-American male, I have felt the pain of being pulled over and harassed. I have been called out of my name because of the color of my skin. I would love to say that I think justice and equality are right around the corner, but unfortunately I don’t think it will happen during my son’s nor my lifetime. So, I have to prepare myself and him for that talk that Mr. Holder spoke of.