If Blondell Had A Son, Would She Name Him Trayvon Martin?

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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has been following the Trayvon Martin case from day one – the at-Large council lady released the following statement this afternoon:

“I have been following the Trayvon Martin case from day one, and today President Obama stopped me in my tracks with his simple but profound statement: ‘If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.’ It stopped me in my tracks, because, quite frankly, the same is true for me.

It is regrettable that too often African American boys are immediately put in the category of perpetrator or suspect. This hurtful, sad and avoidable tragedy is a woeful reminder that all parents of African American boys have to have “that conversation,” called “existing while black” in America. This story should not only make us shake our heads, but remind us to revisit “the conversation” with our sons and boys in our lives; and revisit it often.

“Existing while black” for African American boys means that everywhere they go there are hidden landmines that could go off at any given moment at unexpected times and places. For Trayvon Martin, he unknowingly stepped on one of those landmines on the way home to watch an NCAA basketball game like so many of his peers. Think about how many students around the country were doing the exact same thing, at the exact same time and yet they made it home. My heart aches for the family of Trayvon Martin, and for families everywhere that are once again forced to revisit these painful, but necessary conversations.

Dr. King famously said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I want his family to know that I agree wholeheartedly. Philadelphia is with them and they are with us in thought and prayer. /Rory McGlasson

....City Councilwoman At-large blondell Reynolds-Brown. Photo: McGlasson Media

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