Thursday on MSNBC’sThe Cycle, as guest host Angela Rye closed the show with her thoughts on the killing of Trayvon Martin, and what it means for African-American boys.
I imagine that as I look at your face for the first time, I will see the hope of your great future and the promise of your purpose on earth.
But as I write you today, I am angry … saddened even, because I cannot provide for you the world that you absolutely deserve.
The impetus for this letter is a not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, a black boy just like you.
For all the world to see, it became okay to shoot and kill unarmed black boys.
No, contrary to popular belief in some communities and on some extreme television shows, so many throughout the country work diligently to resolve black on black violence. But what this verdict did is remove an additional layer protection of the law… something that you unequivocally deserve.
I was prepared to tell you about the subtle challenges you may face, I was not prepared to have you experience the same type of racism, prejudice, and ignorance as your forefathers did and I believed, already conquered. You will stand on the shoulders of great black men within the community and more specifically, in our family.
Just like I see you in Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Dubois, Ralph Ellison, Charles Hamilton Houston, Nelson Mandela, and President Obama…
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