As a quick follow-up to last Friday’s post about Geraldo Rivera’s call to charge the hoodie as George Zimmerman’s accomplice in the Trayvon Martin shooting, I just wanted to suggest reading a powerful piece by author Touré, mentioned in the gawker.com article I cited.
Here’s an excerpt from “How to Talk to Young Black Boys About Trayvon Martin: Eight talking points about the potentially fatal condition of being black”:
It’s unlikely but possible that you could get killed today. Or any day. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth. Black maleness is a potentially fatal condition. I tell you that not to scare you but because knowing that could save your life. There are people who will look at you and see a villain or a criminal or something fearsome. It’s possible they may act on their prejudice and insecurity. Being black could turn an ordinary situation into a life-or-death moment even if you’re doing nothing wrong (http://ideas.time.com/2012/03/21/how-to-talk-to-young-black-boys-about-trayvon-martin/#ixzz1qXBddKj1).
I wonder what the talking points are for other conditions of being: gay, female, white, Native American, Muslim…