It is, as has been written, "the best of times and the worst of times." That America recently elected the first African-American president in our history boded well for the proposition that by so doing, we have turned the corner and are marching on toward the goal of becoming a color-blind society. We hoped out loud that indeed we will be judged by the "content of our character and not the color of our skin," as was so eloquently and articulately pronounced by Dr. King.
We heard the teachings of our fathers and mothers, those brave souls, who, because of their dignity and hard work, made it possible for us to compete at the next level. I know they worried about us the whole time. Whether it was "down South," where it has been said "you can't get too big," or "up North" where "you can't get too close" we, and many other right thinking people, have fought the good fight for justice and equality.
While we were out in the world, Trayvon, I know that our parents worried about us, as their parents worried about them, and yes, son, just as we worried about you. We told you of the opportunities and the richness of life here in America. You saw the goodness and the joy of all people, and the beauty of all races. But we had learned that "every day is not Sunday," and that there are some folk who don't mean you no good. We agreed that you couldn't live your life being afraid to walk into the light.
Despite all that we discussed, I feel I have failed you. Son, I wish that I could have been there with you that day. I wish that it could have been me instead of you. Me with so much life past, you with so much promise for the future.
Trayvon, your name has energized an entire nation. You are America's child. Your name has united fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, Republicans, Democrats, saints and sinners.The tragedy that took your life now has a life of its own.
Its name is Trayvon.
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