I couldn't help but shake my head as I stood in my kitchen the other day and watched Obama's remarks, in response to the Trevon Martin verdict, about women clutching their purses.
I'm not going to get in to the case...only into Obama's proclamations that ranged from his would-be son "looking like Trevon" to him actually being Trevon at one point.
I am quite sure that I have been in more Trevon-ish neighborhoods than Obama has. If you compare my childhood and his...where I went to school and where he did...I am pretty sure I come out on top in Street Cred.
I grew up in a family with 5 children and countless foster children all living on a Philadelphia fireman's salary. As you can imagine, funds were not abundant. I took public transportation (SEPTA) to school through neighborhoods that I am pretty sure have no Hawaiian equivalent. The Hood, if you will.
Women don't grip their purses when they see a Black teen in the neighborhoods I traveled through because, well, everyone was Black.
In 8th grade I used to take 3 buses to get to school. My second transfer was at Broad & Olney. Each day I would walk by a group of Nation of Islam 'evangelists' equipped with a bull horn. EVERY SINGLE DAY as I walked by them, they yelled into the bullhorn, "THERE SHE GOES. THE WHITE DEVIL. THE BLONDE HAIRED, BLUE EYED, WHITE DEVIL. TAKE HEED MY BLACK BROTHERS!" I was 14.
How's that for a terrifying race experience for a young teen, Mr. President?
In a Popeye's Chicken not too terribly far from my house, my mother and I were refused service. Because we were white. And we were told so.
Would that ever happen to a Black mother and daughter in 2013?
Despite these and many similar incidents, I have never blamed any race for the ignorance of a few.
It was not the remarks booming through a bullhorn or two racist cashiers at a chicken joint that ever prompted me to lump "Blacks" together as a group. It was the reaction to the Zimmerman trial and Obama's ensuing remarks that finally pushed me to go there...
To go to the "THEY."
"THEY" will stand behind anyone that's Black. Thug or no. Murderer or no. And that IS a difference between us.
And that's sad. No, of course not all, but the majority.
Don't celebrate Trevon.
There are TONS of WORTHY Black teens that deserve that recognition. Give it to them, not Trevon.
Celebrate Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia:
That's what has been the biggest travesty of this trial/debate for me...Well, that and the complete media black out on the actual facts of the case...