Monday, April 2, 2012

The Death of a Child....

Is there anything more horrific than the thought of burying your child? I cannot even breathe at the thought as I sit here putting off icing the cupcakes I have lovingly prepared for BabyBoy's 23rd birthday tomorrow. (How did that happen so FAST?)

DSD and I went to visit his parents last weekend - about an hour from Sanford, FL. We arrived on Thursday afternoon and there was a large rally being held requesting justice for Trayvon Martin. Thousands were shown on the news. Thousands of mostly black people. (Y'all know I really wanted to be there, right?) I was dumbfounded by the comments of my completely non-racist in-laws. Things like "There's going to be trouble there." "That is so not a good idea." "They are just asking for trouble." WHAT?!?!? A child is dead. Justice should be sought!

Then there is the girl who I befriended when we were in class together about a year and a half ago, who seems to think it is her duty to remind us all that jumping to conclusions is not a good idea. She has gone from someone I thought was a card carrying Democrat to some crazy gun-toting, planning to vote for any Republican who runs because she hates Mexicans. (I have Republican friends, I just like to know what I am getting myself into.) The thing that makes me the MOST nuts (and she is a blog post all by herself) is that she keeps telling ME that she understands these things because she is majoring in Political Science. HELLOOOO! She is also more than a year away from graduation. I am (in case I forgot to mention it today) 6 weeks and 6 days away!

Trayvon Martin was a typical 17 year old - obsessed with girls and getting by. But also by the overwhelming thought of college, the future, and life. And all of that is now gone. Justice has NOT been done in this case. A child is dead and someone should be charged in that death. Preferably the man who followed him and then pulled the trigger.

I have more... but I have cupcakes to ice. I am very thankful that I can celebrate my child's birthday tomorrow. RIP Trayvon.

8 comments:

Steven said...

I have a sick feeling that the Trayvon case will play out to a very bad ending. I hope I'm wrong.

Imagine me...from a perpetual Democratic party family and my middle daughter proclaims that she is a Republican and then she marries one as well! But then again, I left the Dems about 8 years because they were so inept it was embarrassing!

LeftLeaningLady said...

How do you think it will end? Why do you think it will end badly?

And I was raised by Reagan loving Republicans and look at me. We all have to find our own way!

Steven said...

I live in a Red county and so everything I hear is biased in favor of the shooter. I'm also assuming there are plenty more 'Red' counties out there. The fact that the shooter hasn't been held as a possible suspect in a capital murder case bothers me as well. If the shooter goes free, I think the repercussions will be nationwide with possible violence in the streets...

LeftLeaningLady said...

I definitely see your point and I am afraid you are correct. Sadly I live in a Red county also (and my office is on a military installation) so I hear plenty of pro-Zimmerman comments. However, I have also heard that there were many who wanted him held the night that Trayvon died and I am hoping that the new prosecutor (or whatever she is) will do her job.

Of course I just realized that today is Tuesday April 10th and there has been no mention on the news of a Grand Jury indictment.

Steven said...

I heard earlier in the day that the prosecutor won't use the Grand Jury. So everyone is waiting to hear just what it is she will do? Manslaughter? 2nd degree murder or simply let him go free?

LeftLeaningLady said...

I think an arrest and a conviction for manslaughter will suffice... I hope so.

It was not a premeditated thing, so I don't think Murder One is possible.

But if Trayvon were MY child, I would want Zimmerman DEAD!

Steven said...

they could argue 'premeditation' because he was following Trayvon despite being told to stop by the 911 operator...complicated.

duffandnonsense said...

"I think an arrest and a conviction for manslaughter will suffice"

The words 'horse', 'cart' and 'before' spring to my mind, can't think why!
David Duff