How to raise African-American boys like Trayvon Martin to be careful, not paranoid

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has opened a dialogue on broader issues. One is the unique challenge parents face in teaching African-American children to be safe but not fearful. Full Story »

Posted by Sally Lehrman - via Christian Science Monitor

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Angie Clexton
by Angie Clexton - Apr. 9, 2012

This article has some of the qualities of good journalism but lacks others. The disadvantages of the article are that it doesn't strive for fairness- it seems to be agreeing with the part of the public sentiment that is in current discussion about the dangers of "being black" but does nothing to discuss other racial facets of the race related crime. Other news reports have, for instance, discussed how only what blacks where become stereotyped as dangerous, and this author, obviously a black mother, ignores this concept of socialization. However, the story is very timely, as the media and society in general are now at the stage of analyzing Trayvon's death, and in this sense, ever new opinion like this one is also educational. This article, from a mother who knows what it is like to have a son carry "the suspicions of others" on his shoulders, is very enlightening. This perspective is more unusual than the rest, and I would reccommend others to read it, although recognize the story isn't being told.

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