A Tradition We Hoped Not to Hand Down

I cried in my car on the way to work this week.  This is what I heard:

“Trayvon’s death last spring caused me to sit down to have a conversation with my own 15-year-old son, like my dad did with me. This was a father-son tradition I hoped would not need to be handed down,” Holder said. “But as a father who loves his son and who is more knowing in the ways of the world, I had to do this to protect my boy. I am his father and it is my responsibility, not to burden him with the baggage of eras long gone, but to make him aware of the world he must still confront. This is a sad reality in a nation that is changing for the better in so many ways.”

(http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/holder-after-trayvons-death-i-talked-with-my) (“Holder” is Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General)

When I was fifteen, this naive, Midwestern white girl was still secretly playing with dolls, and dreaming of her first kiss.  What a privilege I was given (and still am given–knowing that this white, educated, thin woman will be offered help by strangers, and will be given the benefit of the doubt–like the woman in the video below:)

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