It was a whirlwind week for the nation as all eyes trained on the case of Trayvon Martin, the teenager gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman for, what seems, no other reason than that he was an African American boy walking on the sidewalk in a gated community. MyBrownbaby’s own Nick Chiles has been covering the story for almost three weeks, writing about Zimmerman’s shady past, the Sanford, Fl., police department’s botching of the investigation, the calls for Police Chief Bill Lee’s resignation and the #Justice4Trayvon protests spread from North to South. Most interesting is the mainstream media’s coverage of the fears black parents face when they have sons. It’s as if this is some kind of huge revelation to them, when, all along, it’s been on the minds of black moms and dads since, it seems, the beginning of time.
And that illustrates the vast gulf between the national parenting discussion and the discussions that take place between black moms. Because while the fear that tugs at the hearts of black moms is real and palpable, it seems never to be acknowledged in mainstream media. But we do it here, at MyBrownBaby. All day. Every day.
Today, I want to share with you the myriad of posts we wrote and published here at MyBrownBaby over the three years of our existence—long before mainstream media trained its lens on Trayvon Martin. If you’re new here, enjoy them. If you’ve read these posts before, enjoy them again. And this weekend, hug your babies tight and remember that Trayvon Martin is us and we are him. #Justice4Trayvon.
Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.