- Posted April 11, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
One year since Trayvon Martin's death
My son in law could have been Trayvon Martin
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
Trayvon Martin represents my possible future grandchildren who might have soft nappy hair and have a darker skin color. While my heart yearns to have grandchildren, fear strikes my heart when I think that we will not be able to protect them from the likes of people like George Zimmerman who chose to chase Trayvon Martin down - despite being told not to do so.
In our country, George Zimmerman is innocent until proven guilty and I keep saying that as a mantra to remind myself that we have a Constitution. George Zimmerman will have his day in court. A jury will hear his defense and will return a verdict. I respect the jury system and honor it. It does not, however, remove the fear I carry every day that someone could harm someone I love, or even another "Trayvon Martin" out there.
There are far too many people out there who think they are not racist or bigoted - and they are. Those people scare me more than the ones who are open about their racism/bigotry because they are more difficult to spot. This has to open honest dialogue in this country and help all of us understand each other better. If nothing other than that comes from this tragedy, then we will still be very fortunate.