Mar 21, 2012

As parents, you can't be with your children 24 hours a day. It's just not possible. So what do we, people who love little black boys, do to protect our sons? How do we accomplish this in a world that obviously is against them for the simple fact that they were born? Can we protect them?

I have six nephews as I mentioned before. I think the world of each and every one of them. Their ages span from 2 to 16 years old. How do I arm my babies with the knowledge that can possibly keep them safe and alive? Do I tell them not to walk in an upscale neighborhood while it's raining with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea in their hands? Will this information keep them safe?

Do I tell them while they're walking try their best not to look 'suspicious' even though it's their skin color alone that makes them 'suspicious'? Do I enlightened them on the fact that no matter what they do, racists are always going to view them as 'suspicious'? It doesn't matter if they are in a three piece suit and the damn President of the United States. Racists are always going to see them as something to be wary of.

What do I do?

Was there anything that Trayvon's mother and father could have told him that could have possibly saved his life?

Help me out here. Is the only thing I can do is pray that a racist doesn't see one of my boys and deem him 'suspicious' or a 'f#%king coon' before putting a bullet in his chest only to then serve no time because racists cops immediately believe the shooter because in the words of Paul Mooney, he has the complexion for the protection of the collection? Is this the only thing I can do?

Please help me out?

How Do We Protect Our Boys?


  1. For the past few days, I have really been considering what else can be done to protect our boys. Steadily, I have wondered what else can be done. The only practical thing is to never be out and alone. A black child is likely to have black friends and a group of them together can stir up more suspicion but rolling deep has more benefits than risks in my opinion.

    The other thing is to do what is currently being done. Continue to press the issue and fight for justice such that laws are changed. Unfortunately this is a reactive stance because to fight for justice means that an injustice has occurred.

    As hard as it is, particularly in times like these, we cannot buckle to fear. We can become wiser and smarter to survive but to live in fear, we just cannot live that way. Primarily because it is hard to anticipate irrational behavior. No matter how much we think we have pegged folks' prejudiced ways, they will do something that we could not quite imagine.

  2. They will do something we cannot imagine and thus cannot adequately prepare for.