The Trayvon Martin case is an absolute tragedy. I can’t imagine having a child walking home from a gas station with skittles and iced tea and being murdered because he “looked suspicious.” This is just a horrendous, heart-wrenching situation.
It also sheds light on the ongoing debates concerning race and justice in this country. I’ve followed the case with interest over the last few days and highly recommend the following four articles. Each is approaching the situation from a different perspective, though all are in sympathy with the same conclusion.
Walking While Black by Frances Cudjoe Waters
- Heart-wrenching reflections on the case by an African-American mother. Shai Linne says, “This excellent article reflects how many African-Americans feel, myself included.”
Trayvon Martin, Race, and the Gospel by John Piper
- Helpful thoughts on how Christians can think Scriptural thoughts about this case.
- Well-worth the read. Bob Bixby is thoughtful and an excellent writer. Good thoughts here on racial profiling.
The Curious Case of Trayvon Martin by Charles Blow
Excellent NYT op-ed piece. It was recommended by Stephanie Garcia, who is from our church and along with her husband Pedro, has adopted three black boys. She says the following: “I have been following this case the last few days, but have hesitated to recommend an article until now. This well-written piece includes these words which weigh heavy on my heart: ‘That is the burden of black boys in America and the people that love them: running the risk of being descended upon in the dark and caught in the cross-hairs of someone who crosses the line’.”