I would have to put in the perspective of the family I grew up in. In our family, you have a responsibility of being honest and acting responsibly. In our family, there are no excuses. It's upon you to conduct yourself properly. If there were a son that began using drugs, hung around gangs, dropped out of school, etc., we conclude that the possibility of something happening to them that happens to all others that are doing those same things is a real probability. We aren't anything special with special protection. Given the path chosen, and knowing other parents who have children who chose that same path, and having been with them at the funerals for their children, we would not be surprised.<quoted text>Hey DB, for this instance, just take my scenario. Well let's just take the Zimmerman-Martin scenario without adding anything to it. What would be your response if that were your son?
Yes, there would be sadness. There would be sadness when it became obvious they were on the wrong path. The loss would not be instantaneous to us. In reality, the loss would have begun long before the death.
On the other hand, if a son did everything we thought was proper, and he was killed by some gangbanger wannabe like Trayvon Martin, I cannot predict what I would do. I can say the thoughts I would have would not be nice. How I would act cannot be determined until the event actually occurs.
I believe Trayvon Martin was taught to hate white people his entire life. He grew up thinking that was proper. He thought Zimmerman was white.
But, considering the overwhelmingly obvious black-on-black crime rate, it's difficult to determine what difference it would really make.