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There is a large segment of society that cannot understand why African American and Latinos don't like and/or trust the police or government in general. They can't understand it because they don't experience the world in the ways that we do. There truly is two America's.
As a wife and mother of 2 AA boys (who live in the suburbs of Chicago), it's hard to understand the fear that I live through daily hoping and praying that everyone returns home safely. The case of Trayvon Martin is only unique in that George Zimmerman actually went to trial for the killing of Trayvon. Justice in my opinion was not served and has only exacerbated my fears.
President O's speech on Friday, I thought did a really good job of trying to explain to those who don't live in my America what it's like. However, the video link below explains in much more raw & stark terms. When the cops say "the public is being hunted" I'm hopeful people will sit up and take notice.
The bravery of this 17 year old kid cannot be taken lightly. It would have been NOTHING to take his life away and mark it as "a suspicious teen who we thought was going for a weapon in his backpack". Let me repeat...IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NOTHING TO TAKE HIS LIFE AWAY.
As a nation, we must educate those who have the capacity to empathize and want to make sure EVERYONE has equal protection under the law.
My fear is not made up. IT'S REAL:
"We're going to go out there and violate some rights." Hear the secret police recordings that will take your breath away. In a bad way.