It Doesn’t Make Sense

           

Richard Ford, American novelist (“Canada”), was born today in Mississippi in 1944. He could’ve been talking about yesterday’s verdict in another southern state known for inequality in their treatment of African American male victims, when he once wrote, “I have a theory… that someplace at the heart of most compelling stories is something that doesn’t make sense.” My husband was born today, in 1950, in Tallahassee, Florida, but was raised in the Harlem neighborhood of NYC. When he was 12, his mom shipped him down to Florida to live with relatives for minor offenses in NY, such as skipping school. A little Caucasian girl with her mom pointed at him and said, “Mommy there’s a N____,” which offended, angered and hurt him…the next day his dog was found dead outside the front door…murdered. He was shipped back up to NYC…went to school every single day…got his BFA and MFA. My husband will never return to Florida. He’s retiring and we will continue to live in the Northeast since he loves the changing of the seasons and we also never want to be far from our children. I am the mother of an African American male and I worried about him as a teenager and young man from the moment he left the house until he returned. As many of you know, he’s living and teaching in southern India for 2 years. He mentioned that he may go visit New Delhi and I warned him that there have been incidents in New Delhi of Africans being attacked and I told him not to go. Will he listen to me?  Who knows? It’s a scary world. We raise our children and prepare them the best we know how in navigating their world and hope for the best. Jordan Davis in Florida was America’s son, America’s child and he was murdered, “…for something that doesn’t make sense.” How the jury couldn’t convict the defendant for first degree murder is incomprehensible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “It Doesn’t Make Sense

  1. This makes me feel heart-sick, and physically sick too. There are times I have hope for humanity, that we’re actually becoming an enlightened race of equals, and then a travesty like this happens. Other than additional prayers, it has me thinking at the very least I can boycott not only travel to Florida but the purchase of anything from that sadly backwards state. I get Jeff’s sarcasm – Florida is locked in a small-minded hateful mindwarp.
    My heart goes out to the families of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin who was murdered last year in Florida – may their names and stolen lives be always remembered (and not the sick men who murdered them and got acquitted or a deadlocked jury mistrial).
    It just doesn’t make any sense. May God help us and may peace prevail. xo Gina

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