Tuesday, April 3, 2012
By: Brian Green
Some of my friends and associates have asked me, why have I been so silent about the Trayvon Martin case? The honest to goodness truth is that I am embarrassed. I am embarrassed that I live in a society where a 17-year old black kid cannot walk to the store and buy his little brother candy. I am embarrassed that an alleged killer is not charged or even arrested or held for questioning, and that evidence is not harvested but instead, he is sent home with a proverbial pat on his back for killing someone wearing a hoodie.
So yes, I've been pretty silent about this the whole time. There has been a lot of talk about the hoodie and that there is no such thing as clothes that can get you killed; a lot of talk about the rights of people to wear what they wish and even talk about cities that cite and charge young men a fine for wearing saggy pants (Albany, GA).
I have been silent because I have lots of friends of every color-- and I do not think this is an indictment on white people, it isn't-- but it is an indictment on racism and how it is alive and well in our country.