Trayvon Martin..My Son?

Above is an ultrasound of my next child, a boy! The excitement I have felt about this new addition to my family is somewhat hampered by the knowledge that I am “unfortunately” having a black boy. When I first saw the story about Trayvon Martin, the very first thing that entered my mind was that that easily could have been me. I know it sounds cliche, but when I take off my white coat and my scrubs at the end of the day, and walk out of the hospital in my hoodie and jeans, I look like any other black Baltimore man. And for many people that means I am more likely to try to rob to or attack them than give them fix their fracture. I’ve seen their eyes as I walk through the parking garage without my hospital garb. They clutch their purses tighter or the walk faster to the crosswalk that takes them to the hospital in hopes that they can get there before I “might” do something to them. It doesn’t matter that I have a terminal doctorate degree, that the last time I got in a fight was in 4th grade, that I’m more concerned about getting home to my family than going after their purse.

This event reminded me that still in 2012, another black child dead is less important than if it happened to someone of a fairer complexion. It reminded me that the world I am bringing my son into isn’t much different than the one world that Emmett Till grew up in. There are still many details to be discovered and it may very well be that Trayvon, after being approached (a fact which is not in dispute) went on the offensive. But even if he did, the fact that he didn’t have to be approached in the first place makes the loss for his mother even more difficult.

I’ve only been able to come this far secondary to all those who sacrificed their lives before me. If we don’t make a stand now and make sure that people know that they can’t get off easy by killing our sons then we have truly disgraced those who have sacrificed all before us.

4 Responses to Trayvon Martin..My Son?

  1. Me says:

    “This event reminded me that still in 2012, another black child dead is less important than if it happened to someone of a fairer complexion”

    It’s funny that you say this…because I have YET to see any media fanfare about a white person being killed by a black person. I don’t believe for 1 second it’s because that’s never happened. CLEARLY people care about Trayvon, otherwise you wouldn’t even be aware of his existence.

    I don’t doubt there is racism still, and racial profiling, and prejudices, and that it’s not right…but those are the feelings of individuals, and you cannot justifiably claim that society doesn’t care. The fact that this has become a huge news story proves just the opposite.

  2. qtipp says:

    @Me: “I have YET to see any media fanfare about a white person being killed by a black person.”

    O_o
    Really? Not even the OJ Simpson trial? Does that qualify? Maybe that’s before your time.

    Here are some Media Frenzies about Blacks killing or harming Whites. It turns out that all of the accusations in that gallery are false. Perhaps you’re not paying attention to these types of incidents because… well… you’re not Black.

  3. qtipp says:

    @Doctajay, Congrats to you and your wife!

  4. Me says:

    The OJ case becoming a media fanfare had nothing to do with him being black. The guy was famous already, and everybody loves a scandal.

    I don’t make a habit of following news closely…so my point is, if I haven’t heard about it it can’t have been that big of a media fanfare. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen or it’s covered up, I’m saying the media doesn’t go crazy with it.
    The media doesn’t go crazy with it because if they make a big deal about a black person killing a white person they’re going to get called racist. You can bet those stories on that site got more press after they were discovered to be fake than before.

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