Simon says pretty much some of the things I feel.
I was with my son this past weekend when the verdict was announced. He just moved to Atlanta with his mother and her partner. This was my first visit since they moved about a month ago. We were playing video games and watching a movie Saturday night when I heard the jury had made a decision. My son is just about to turn 13. He's black/hispanic (mom's hispanic, dad's black--I'm technically his stepdad, but have been with him since he was 3 and by all purposes am his dad). You try to protect them from these things for as long as you can, but the fact is that he's getting older and needs to know the way the world work when it comes to being a young black male in society. He's goofy, funny and funky, all things that make him special. But to someone who doesn't know him and has stereotypes of young black boys, those things aren't recognized and don't matter.
I cut and pasted the entire as much of it summarized how I feel (see below the break). You can go to the original post by clicking here.