Mark Naison


How Do We Protect Our Trayvon Martins?

We have to protect all the other Trayvon's out there better than we protected Trayvon Martin.

I woke up this morning with a deep pain in my heart when I discovered that George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of Trayvon Martin. We will find out in the next days and weeks just how much pain the jury's decision inflicts on America. All I can think of is how I would feel if my black granddaughter Avery, the light of my life, was a boy. A grandfather should never have to think such thoughts.

What makes the verdict all the more more painful is that the situation that led to Trayvon Martin's death is one that is very familiar to me. I have walked in George Zimmerman's shoes. I have been on block patrol in my Brooklyn neighborhood. I've escorted very tough kids off my block when they've come to cause trouble. I've run basketball leagues in tough neighborhoods where I've had to make peace with neighborhood drug dealers.

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