“Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King-
I can not begin to understand what it feels like to live in fear: fear of discrimination, fear of mistreatment, fear of prejudgment. As a white female, I can drive down the street, or walk through my neighborhood with a hood draped over my head, and never illicit a second glance. How is it that a male with darker skin, cloaked in similar fashion, is the subject of intense scrutiny? And how is it that in our “freedom loving” country, we allow the stand- your-ground law to justify the taking of life unnecessarily? Donning my black hoody will not bring back the life of the young Trayvon, nor will it ease the pain of his grieving family and friends, but I will wear it as a symbol of injustice, and a call for change……….