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The case of Trayvon Martin says a lot about the risks facing all African American males — from Los Angeles to Boston.
Yesterday in Miami, thousands of people rallied on behalf of the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer in February. Local police have not arrested Zimmerman, who claims he killed Martin in self-defense. But yesterday, political leaders, sports stars and entertainers were among those calling for an arrest in the case.
The killing of Trayvon Martin has re-ignited a debate across the country about racial profiling. And it's raised difficult questions for the parents of young black males. Chief among them is this: What should you tell your sons about this case? Is the lesson of Trayvon Martin that young African-American males need to be extra careful — particularly when confronted by authority figures — be they neighborhood watch members or police? And does being extremely deferential — even as rights are being violated — come at great cost to young psyches?
We explore how to talk to your kids about Trayvon Martin.
- Willie Davis is a criminal defense attorney and partner at Davis, Robinson and Molloy
- Mac D'Alessandro is a principal at Democracy Partners, and author of the recent Boston Globe op-ed "No more 'yes sir'"
- Francie Latour is a contributor to the Boston Globe. She blogs about race for Boston.com's The Hyphenated Life and at Caramels on Maple Street, which chronicles her experience raising biracial kids in small-town New England. More:
This segment aired on April 2, 2012.
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