Op-ed pick: “Black boys denied the right to be young”

Eugene Robinson, in a column about the Trayvon Martin case in the Washington Post, writes that “our society considers young black men to be dangerous, interchangeable, expendable, guilty until proven innocent.” That means we are robbing boys of their childhood, he says:

If anyone wonders why African Americans feel so passionately about this case, it’s because we know that our 17-year-old sons are boys, not men. It’s because we know their adolescent bravura is just that — an imitation of manhood, not the real thing.

We know how frightened our sons would be, walking home alone on a rainy night and realizing they were being followed. We know how torn they would be between a child’s fear and a child’s immature idea of manly behavior. We know how they would struggle to decide the right course of action, flight or fight.

Read all of Eugene Robinson’s column here.

  • W. Price

    What is pleaded is true ‘boys’ and ‘girls’ altogether! It would be true for a Jew, Chinese or Moslem. It is a matter how responsible a young man of 17 has learned to be in his home and from those around him. There are countless tales of 17 year old who have acted well under stressful situations. What ever excuses may be offered-up, that he was young and naive isn’t one of them.

    W Price

  • Wally

    Robinson said: “But black boys in this country are not allowed to be children. They are assumed to be men, and to be full of menace. . . . Trayvon Martin was fighting more than George Zimmerman that night. He was up against prejudices as old as American history, and he never had a chance.” Bogus. The cradle to grave welfare system and guilt-ridden white apologists encourage black males to NEVER grow up, to NEVER take on the responsibilities of ADULTHOOD, of work, and family, and citizenship. Too many make babies and we, the taxpayers pay for the upkeep; too many become criminals, and we pay for decades of incarceration and “treatment” and rehab. Trayvon Martin was a thug; George Zimmerman did not bash his own face on the sidewalk to fracture his nose. And black excuse-makers like Robinson don’t help.

    • J

      This is racist diatribe and demonstrates a decided lack of understanding of the welfare system. I do hope that in mentioning their right to bear children you are not advocating restriction of that right based on race.
      Before you spout nonsense about guilt-ridden white apologists maybe you should take a look at the disproportionate representation of African Americans in the penal system, the special education system and in school discipline. Rather than point the finger and complain, you could educate yourself on why this is a systemic problem that has nothing to do with apologists and then you could practice your own good citizenship and contact your congressperson, senator, council member, school board, etc. to try and do something about it.