An American Tragedy
Chapter Twelve: Historical PTSD—In the Midst of a Tragedy
Historical PTSD—In the Midst of a Tragedy
MICHELLE C. STEVENS
The senseless killing of yet another Black teenager continues to be all too common in our society. Not only is it all too common, but it is also widely accepted and perceived apathetically by too many. The statements that claim that most Black men die as a result of Black-on-Black violence and that Trayvon Martin caused his own death are obvious indications that violence against Black youths is not only acceptable but is also not prevented in our society by any means. The not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial is traumatizing and disheartening to mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers across the nation who continue to weep not only at the blatant disregard of a Black man’s value, but also at the reality that any of us could have been Trayvon, anywhere. Our sons and our daughters are in danger. Our fears, although often labeled as unfounded, are coming to fruition daily. The death of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his killer are clear reminders of the reality that even with a Black president, being Black is nevertheless looked upon as lawlessness and an indictment of character. As we immerse ourselves in the conversation surrounding the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, it is imperative to consider the implications affecting race relations in this country. The relationship between people of color and mainstream society has not...
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