As I think about the hiting decease of Trayvon Martin. a 17 twelvemonth old immature Afro-american male. who lived in the province of Florida. I reflect on the fact that I am a female parent of a immature Afro-american male. with this in head this calamity affects me indirectly. Trayvon Martin walking entirely the streets of Florida. dressed with a Hood on. with a bag of ninepinss and imbibing on a ice tea. might hold been believing how fantastic it is to be alive. or what a beautiful twenty-four hours it is. Who knows what was traveling on in his head. Did he of all time think this would be his last twenty-four hours on Earth? I doubt it.
It’s upseting to cognize that Mr. Martin lost his life due to the perceptual experience of his taw. with no inquiries asked. but these inquiries come to my head. What are the perceptual experiences of Afro-american males in America and our local communities? How can we alter the negative perceptual experiences into a positive perceptual experience? One thing I found to be a fact of Afro-american males from the communities I have been apart of and where I have visit. is that most of them are perceived as hood. Harmonizing to Dictionary. com ( 2012 ) hoods are defined as. “a cruel barbarous bully. robber. or slaying.
One of a former group of professional slayings and robbers. A tough and violent adult male. ” While this possibly true accusal for some. I believe it is false for many. Many males turning up in the goon or the ghetto develops many types of behaviours that are considered to be suited amongst their equals. Survival is the name of the game. Most immature African-american males are left to themselves with no evident father- figure to determine their image of who they are and who they must go. So they take on the nature of their environment.
Another negative perceptual experience that is associated with the Afro-american male is the irresponsibleness of being a male parent. Once once more. this possibly true for some and false for others. We as a community must learn our immature Afro-american males the duty of taking attention of their kids. whether they are in the place with them. or non in the place with them. Children are an assignment harmonizing to “Bible. Com” . ( 1995-2011 ) . “And ye male parents. provoke non your kids to wrath: but convey them up in the raising and warning of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4.
Each kid has a intent to carry through. In order for them to be the best they can be immature work forces need to seek out your intent as a parent and commit to raising a responsible child. learning them how to hold manners. commanding their behaviours. and decidedly learning them how to dress. Dress for success is a common statement in America. In the Afro-american community from a really immature age immature work forces are taught to dress with manner. Because vesture is a really of import portion of who you are. It is off to show your manhood. and depending on the manner it puts you in a certain category.
A category that proclaims no punks here ; nevertheless Afro-american males are perceived in a negative manner with the when their bloomerss are hanging down. tattoos all over their organic structure. and with gold in their oral cavity. I spoke with one immature lady by the name of Jwanna King-Gray. who is the female parent of two immature black African-american male and I asked her what did she believe about the Trayvon Martin issue she stated. “I am non the 1 to pigeonhole people. but immature work forces of colour have to be cautiousnesss of how they dress. I am non truly a fan of Hoody.
Because of the manner it is in America these immature need to be cognizant of their milieus and their visual aspect. I tell my boies this all the clip. I am truly upset about the bloomerss hanging off the buttocks. ” ( Jwanna King-Gray 2012. personal communicating. April 2. 2012 ) . Could Trayvon’s life have been saved. if he took off his goon prior to walking through this neighbour? Was he killed because he looked leery? Or was it Racial Profiling? In my sentiment. I believe he was killed merely because of the colour of his tegument.
He was dressed in that all black garb. With all the negative perceptual experiences that are prevailing against a black male. I conclude that we as a race and community must derive some cognition. wisdom and understanding on how to forcefully and with love alteration the mentality of our immature work forces. Once they understand the Creator God. and the image he has already set in topographic point. The immature black male must get down to mirror this image on the exterior. in their conversations. in the manner they dress. how they raise their childs. on their occupations. and in their relationships.
There is a quotation mark in the Holy Bible that states. “So God created adult male in his ain image. the image of God created he him male and female created he them. ” ( p. 1 ) . When our immature work forces begin to believe this manner about themselves they will hold regard for themselves and derive the regard of others. Young black work forces we need you! We need you in our places and in our churches! So rise and radiance. alter your position and your place!