As the nation mourns the killing of Trayvon Martin, here is a lesson in reality. The author addresses black boys, but I think any child, especially children of color, should hear what he says.
At the same time, I think it’s important to note that we, as parents, can’t protect our children from everything. Yes, we want to — and should — arm our children with every tool we have in our parenting arsenal. But even we can’t think up some of the scenarios that play out on the streets every day.
Now, at the very least, Trayvon Martin’s short life may not have ended in vain. His story and the resulting outcry could lead to a massive change in laws in this country. Still, as I write this, I can’t imagine the hurt his mother and father are having to endure.