Skip to comments.Cobb Parents Caution Their Children in Light of Trayvon Shooting Death
Posted on 05/03/2012 6:52:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The country, including South Cobb, continues to dialogue about the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and to watch the impending trial of George Zimmerman. Many parents are wondering what, if anything, they can do to prevent their children from becoming the next Trayvon, the 16-year-old boy Zimmerman admitted to shooting in what he said was self-defense. Martin was walking to his fathers home in a Sanford, FL subdivision from a local store.
During the second Cobb United for Change Coalition meeting held Wednesday night, a child asked what he could do to prevent becoming another Trayvon Martin.
The answers from parents in the crowd, made up of about 25 mostly African American and Latino individuals, varied.
Several responded that because their children are African-American or Latino, they will be judged as more dangerous or more aggressive than their white counterparts.
Guenevere Reed, president of the Powder Springs Task Force, said she tells her sons to follow the rules and not mess up We dont have the luxury to mess up.
Teretha Muhammad said about her African-American sons, I have to teach him to not be fearful We got to teach them to have strong character.
She said the community should help find positive male mentors for boys without fathers.
I tell them to follow the rules. Do not be in places youre not supposed to be Try to be the best child you can be, she said, adding that she does not allow her sons to be out alone after a certain time.
Repeatedly, members of the crowd said in order for stereotypes about African American and Latino children to change, they must exhibit excellence.
That mentality that black and brown children are more criminal is dangerous, said Angela Flores, a Marietta mother and a human services professional.
I think the perfect solution is to love your neighbor, she said.
We need to stand up against lies being told against our children, she said. Children are being discriminated against not for their choices, but for the conditions theyve been in and because of that, they can be jailed, deported or killed.
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New York City!?!
They don't even know what Kudzu is!
At least on the south and west sides of Cobb County.
I get to say I am in East Cobb but I am really inside the 120 loop.
Define burglary tool>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
just google [ trayvon martin burglary tools ]
You will get about a dozen good hits.
Here is BUT one:
Trayvons backpack contained 12 pieces of jewelry, in addition to a watch and a large flathead screwdriver, according to the report, which described the screwdriver as a burglary tool.
Trayvon was asked if the jewelry, which was mostly womens rings and earrings, belonged to his family or a girlfriend.
Martin replied its not mine. A friend gave it to me, according to the report. Trayvon declined to name the friend.
School police impounded the jewelry and sent photos of the items to detectives at Miami-Dade police for further investigation.
Of course when I was 17 years old, I always carried a large screwdriver around, and lots of jewellery to tempt my girl friends, at that age I was just a screw driver looking for a screw ;-)
Yep, a large screw driver is now standard teenager back pack equipment along with cell phone and skittles.
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