No matter how many times I fall, by the Grace of God I will pick myself up, brush myself off and move forward. No matter how many enemies I gain or friends I loose the world will have no choice but to respect me and to acknowledge that I was here and my small contribution has made a difference. Tralisa McNeal
Monthly Archives: July 2013
YOU KNOW WHAT’S DISTURBING TO ME IS THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A VICTIM OF RACIAL PROFILING COMMENTING AND AGREEING WITH ZIMMERMAN. YOU WOULD THINKTOTALLY DIFFERENT HAD IT OF BEEN YOUR CHILD. LET ME BREAK IT DOWN TO YOU THIS WAY. FOR STARTERS LET ME SAY I’M CONCERNED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SETTING THINGS ON FIRE AND DOING RIDICULOUS THINGS LIKE VANDALIZING STORE…S WHEN WE HAVE A SERIOUS ISSUE TO RESOLVE AND WHEN PEOPLE NO MATTER WHO RESORTS TO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY THAT IS ONLY TAKING AWAY FROM THE TRUE ISSUE AT HAND AND NOT RESOLVING THE ISSUE. BECAUSE NOW INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON THE PROBLEM THEY ARE FOCUSED ON THE UNREASONABLENESS OF THOSE ACTIONS. HERE IS THE TALK I AM REFERRING TO. I AM MOTHER OF A YOUNG BLACK MALE CHILD. I HAVE RAISED MY CHILD WITH CONSTANT LOVE, ATTENTION AND VALUES. I HAVE RAISED HIM TO LOVE EVERYBODY. BECAUSE I RAISED MY CHILD IN THIS MANNER HE HAS FRIENDS OF OTHER RACES AND SOMETIMES HE DATES OUTSIDE HIS RACE. SO ONE DAY I HAD TO SAY TO MY SON YOU CAN’T GO WHERE THEY GO ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT, YOU CAN’T DO WHAT THEY DO. OF COURSE HE WANTS TO KNOW WHY SO YOU HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT TO HIM THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE LIKE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WHO MAY WANT TO FOLLOW YOU DOWN AND HUNT YOU LIKE A DOG BECAUSE YOURE BLACK AND HAVE ON A HOODIE. OR LIKE GERALDO WHO MAY SAY THINGS LIKE YOU’RE IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS, THIS TAKES AWAY SOME OF YOUR CHILD’S INNOCENCE BUT YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM BECAUSE YOU LOVE THEM TOO MUCH FOR THEM TO BECOME ANOTHER STATISTIC. DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT IT FEELS LIKE EVERYTIME YOUR CHILD WALKS OUT THE FRONT DOOR TO WORRY IF HE WILL RETURN SAFELY AND UNHARMED
My heart goes out to Trayvon Martin’s mother because I can only imagine what it feels like to sit across from the man who was judge, jury and executioner to her 17 year old child. My heart is in agony over the fact that some people are saying he might walk free. I think about the all white jury and I believe the defense must have known what they were doing with the jury selec…tion. I’m sure they will say they had nothing to do with the process. My heart wants to believe that somebody will be fair and give the gun totting vigilante what he deserves. But then again I think Trayvon Martin was a black child so not only is there the possibility of race being an issue but there is also the possibility of social status being an issue. I see the odds stacked really high against the prosecution and not because Zimmerman was right but because no matter how far they say we’ve come with resolving racial issues “it is what it is.” But is that really what it is? I wonder how much progress have we made where social status is the issue. Then I’m drawn back into the reality of my world where I’m reminded that his daddy is a judge but my daddy is the judge and in spite of what happens this is only a pretrial.