Dear Ms. Fulton,

Tonight, I shed tears for your son and for the system that failed him. I cry for all the people in America–a land that’s supposed to be free–who look at black boys as criminals and not future doctors and lawyers. They hide their racism and ignorance behind a stand your ground law when in fact, they don’t stand for anything at all. They fall to evil and are overcome by hate. This issue goes far beyond the color of our skin and to the core of our character. Will America sit back and watch more Trayvon’s die daily–not just physically but mentally?  Will America stand their ground and force Lady Justice to wrap her arms around young men like my 8 and 10-year-old nephews instead of pushing them onto a path that leads to prisons or cemeteries? Will America close the achievement gap between young black boys and their white counterparts–sitting in the desks beside them but not receiving an equal education?

Ms. Fulton I pray that each day your pain lessens. That the weight of George Zimmerman’s hate, piercing your heart like the bullet that struck your son, is removed. Although you see darkness today, may your son’s light shine down from Heaven tomorrow. May you not suffocate to your guilt of not being there to answer your child’s call for help. This time, a kiss and a band-aid couldn’t make everything OK. As a mother, we must let our children go into the world and use what we taught them to navigate their way on their journey. Although his trip through life was cut short, your journey has not ended.

May you believe that God is our ultimate judge and jury. He delivers the final decision in this case and delivers you from tragedy to triumph. You may wonder what there is to celebrate. What blessings can be bestowed that return the joy to your heart and the smile to your face? One day you will realize George Zimmerman may have stolen your son but he cannot steal the love inside you. He cannot take away how you view Trayvon–a boy you looked at with pride, with hope, with joy. You saw a president, a CEO, a rocket scientist. I pray that all Americans will see the same. Many already do. Many white Americans are just as upset as African Americans. They are turning anger into action and protesting the unbalanced scales of the judicial system. May all people join them and look through the dark hooded sweatshirts on the backs of black boys to see compassion, confidence,  courage and infinite wisdom.  May God bless you and comfort you in this time of need.

Sincerely,

Heather Hopson, a mom who shed your tears tonight in case you didn’t have any left to give.

Hey DFTM Fam–If you could call Trayvon’s mom tonight, what would you tell her?

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

5 Responses

  1. Gloria

    As mothers we just want you to know that you and yours are loved. Thank you for wording this so well Heather Hopson.
    God has the final say.

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