I have been reading up on the horrible, heartbreaking case of Travyon Martin, the defenseless, unarmed 17 year-old boy shot and killed by the “neighborhood watch” captain in his Florida town. This account is even more disturbing.
With tears in my eyes and heaviness in my heart, I post about this. As I wrote far too recently, we are mothers. Another mother’s pain is our pain. Another mother’s loss is our loss.
I’m not sure why 90% of the Twitter folks using the #trayvonmartin hashtag right now are people of color. Oh wait–I see Anderson Cooper in there now. I had not heard of it myself until @CarolynEdgar brought it to my attention. This deserves wider coverage. Wider than Rush Limbaugh calling a woman a slut. Wider than Duke losing a basketball game. This isn’t an issue that should be divided along racial or political lines. This is about a child being murdered by an adult and the fact that his murderer is still walking free.
I can only hope that the shooter, George Zimmerman is brought to justice, and that the Martin family finds whatever peace and comfort they can in these sad days, through as much public support as we can all muster. Consider this my very small part.