How can I protect my son from becoming another Trayvon Martin?

Trayvon Martin. A name forever etched in the annals of America’s complex relationship with race.

We all know the story. A 17-year-old armed with only a bag of Skittles, a hoodie and mocha skin is followed by a neighborhood watch man. At this moment, neither are breaking the law. Then there’s a confrontation. A few minutes later, Trayvon Martin is dead and George Zimmerman is accused in his death.


Fast forward to Saturday, when Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges. Many people are thunderstruck and … Read more ...

Will Trayvon Martin’s Death Be A Watershed Moment Or A Blip On The Radar?

Now  that George Zimmerman has been charged in Trayvon Martin’s death, I am wondering what’s next. I’m not talking about the next steps in the judicial process, I want to know what’s next when it comes to America’s relationship with race.

The hoodied 17-year-old’s killing galvanized hundreds of thousands to have demonstrations that ranged from large-scale marches to individuals simply wearing their hoodies all day. The issue with the black teenager’s killing is that Zimmerman, who is white and Hispanic, was never arrested. That all … Read more ...

Our Hoodie Tribute to Trayvon Martin

I wanted our family to take part in some of the Trayvon Martin rallies in downtown Chicago. I thought it would be a good chance to be a part of combating an issue that some in America aren’t brave enough to admit exists.

But with rain clouds above and a small one with the sniffles, I scrapped our plans and decided to honor the slain 17-year-old suburban style: We had a Hoodie March to the park. And I use the term “march” loosely, as it … Read more ...