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I am sure that in many households and forums, the Trayvon Martin case has been discussed and dissected over and over but I want to give my humble opinion and thoughts on the matter. As a black woman growing in up Los Angeles, I have witnessed many racial tensions, riots and murders because of senseless racism. This is nothing new and I am always appalled and angry that this type of thinking and behavior is still happening in 2012.
When I heard the 911 call, my heart broke, because I clearly heard a young man screaming for his life. His mother confirmed that it was her child’s voice screaming out for help. His father believes that Trayvon “saw his death coming” which is why his screams become more & more frantic. You can hear Trayvon’s mother and father speak on the subject here.
When I see pictures of Trayvon, I see a young man who is vibrant and full of life. I see a young man who appeared to be enjoying his formative years. His pictures show that he traveled, participated in sports, and spent time experiencing new things as children should. His pictures show a child whose parents took their job seriously. But do you know what else I see? I see the young boys in my own family, I see the sons of my loved ones, I see the young men at church, on the basketball court, walking to school in the morning, I see young men everywhere, simply living their lives and making the most of it. I see Trayvons everywhere I go, and my heart breaks for them because there are still people in this world that will percieve them as; threats, coons, niggers, and hoods. Who are your Trayvons?
The struggle for justice continues. I am still hurt, angry and saddened about Trayvon, but in my heart I know that this case is going to be game-changer for the law, for our nation and for our families. I am not sure how or when, but I know that a change is going to come and I am ready.
For now I will leave you with this: There is only one race, the human race. Let us treat one another with love, respect and kindness. Every day, all day long. When the hoodies come off and the rallys are over, lets help young men who may need us. I am Trayvon Martin. I am Toiah Gordon.
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