Walking While Black: Justice for Trayvon Martin and My ‘Suspicious’ Black Boys - The Burden of Black Boys in America and the People Who Love Them When unequal, inequitable treatment under the law, racial profiling, vigilante justice, and Hatred collided at a Florida-gated community, Death, Suffering, Questions, Nightmares, and Injustice ensued. This ebook is is a tribute to Trayvon Martin and all the black ...
Walking While Black: Justice for Trayvon Martin and My ‘Suspicious’ Black Boys -
The Burden of Black Boys in America and the People Who Love Them
When unequal, inequitable treatment under the law, racial profiling, vigilante justice, and Hatred collided at a Florida-gated community, Death, Suffering, Questions, Nightmares, and Injustice ensued.
This ebook is is a tribute to Trayvon Martin and all the black boys who got shot just for Walking While Black. As a father of black boys, I've had 'The Talk' with my sons and daughter. This talk has developed over the years and turned into a set of principles that all parents can apply to their own boy-raising situation. This ebook is a series of attempts at explaining the causes of the public outrage over the killing of the unarmed 17-year-old African American boy carrying back a purchased bag of skittles and a can of iced tea to surprise his stepbrother, his cry for his "mom, mom, mommy" on that dark and rainy night, his desperate howl for help when he was facing the barrel of his killer's 9mm handgun, and the ensuing response of the Sanford Fla. Police Department. Weeks after the killing and funeral, Trayvon's killer, claiming self-defense, remains a free man. Questions abound. If Trayvon had killed George, would he have been still alive and walking around as a free man? Would the police officers have taken his words and claim of self-defense seriously? From all over the country, people are signing petitions to have White Hispanic George Zimmerman arrested. Trayvon Martin's parents only want an arrest. As reasonable parents who still believe in the legal system, they want the system to work on behalf of their late son. They want justice for Trayvon. Overcoming obstacles, they are determined to fight for an elusive justice.
As the investigation continues, there are a growing firestorm and public outrage from the national and international communities over the lack of justice, non-arrest of the killer. New revelations from the girl Trayvon was talking to and other friends are surfacing. Witnesses will talk to the department of justice officials. Yet, the focus should remain on justice for Trayvon and all other suspicious people whose civil rights have been violated plainclothes police and individuals licensed to carry guns.
Dr. Devon J. Clydewell is a criminology professor who not only taught but also preached racial harmony and equitable treatment under the law. He is against racial profiling and racism. He likes being a mentor to all young people, specially young black men who may not have a father figure at home. He used the most recent slaying of the 17-year-old African American Miami teenager to impart wisdom and composure in matters regarding race relations in this country.