So tomorrow, April 2, 2012, is the beginning of my third term with Rasmussen College. I am currently working towards a pharmacy technician certificate. The classes that I have taken to achieve this goal as been enlightening and entertaining, but sometimes tiresome.Thankfully, I have managed to maintained good grades, (4 A’s & 2 B’s), while I balanced schoolwork with motherhood and a job. My next 2 classes are Pharmaceutical Calculations and the Essentials of Pharmacology for Health Occupations.
I am really confident about both classes this semester. I have always done well when it comes to any math class. As for the health occupation class, browsing through the book, it appears to be easy, self-explanatory reading.
Hopefully, I won’t be shouting “I’m ready for this class to end!”, in the next 6 weeks, especially since the term goes for 11 weeks:)
Wish me luck!
Today I want to write about the Trayvon Martin case. If you are like me and didn’t/don’t know the details of the case let me sum it up. Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, 17 year old, African American boy, was walking to the home of his father’s girlfriend from a local 7-Eleven when he was followed, confronted, and then killed by George Zimmerman, the private community’s neighborhood watchman.
Today, after sending my son to school, I watched the Today’s Show on NBC and listen to the reports about Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense and his attorney and good friend defending him. They are saying that he definitely has proof of this because of a broken nose, a gash on his forehead, and grass stains on his pants legs and on the back of his shirt.
When I first heard about this case, via the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, all I saw was talks about hoodies and skittles. Eventually, I asked my sister and she stated to me “you didn’t hear about it? you were in Orlando when it happen.” Of course, seeing that it happen during the time of the NBA All-Star game, it probably wasn’t national news until the following morning. So I eventually I asked, “Who was Trayvon Martin and what’s the controversy about?” After being told I asked a few questions:
- What was the race of the both people involved?
- Had there been an increase in crime activities in the neighborhood recently?
- Was there a fight?
Although I ask these questions my first notion is that there is no reason to shoot and kill an unarmed child. Yes, maybe crime had increase. Yes, the boy was Black and the man was Hispanic. Yes, there was definitely racial profiling going on. Maybe, the watchman was a racist. And yes, because the young man was being followed and asked the watchman why he was following him, a fight ensue and resulted in this young man’s unfortunate death. Why? Why? Why? Why did this 28 year old man shoot to kill this child? He was someone’s son, someone’s brother, someone’s cousin, someone’s friend, someone’s boyfriend, etc.. Any type of officer; police, security, or neighborhood; they should be trained in basic self defense classes. And looking at pictures of both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, if Martin did fight with Zimmerman, I feel that Zimmerman should have been able to subdue him, without deadly force!
Listening to this case has brought an internal fear of mine to the surface. Presently, I live in a very small community where everyone knows everyone. I haven’t always lived here though and have strongly considered moving back to my hometown or the vicinity of it but think of what it would do to my children; especially to my son. I have seen young African-American mothers try to raise their son the best way they know how. Although raising a male, without a present male role model, is a hard position in any town, I think it can be a bit more difficult in an urban area, where there is a higher number of crimes, gangs, bad influences, and a higher number of racial profiling. With the powerful draw of being in the “in crowd” or “popular clique” or “gangs”, sometimes remembering what mom and/or dad has taught them slips their mind. Some black men succeed, others don’t. My mom said something that she heard from Gayle King, the best friend of Oprah Winfrey. Gayle King has mention about having “The Talk” with our young African American males. “The Talk”, I thought, was referring to sex but my mom said no. “The Talk” refers to how a black male should respond if he is ever, more than likely he will be in the future, approach by any type of law enforcement. Although stopping someone because of their race is wrong, two wrongs don’t make a right. So I will continue to teach my son to treat and talk to ALL adults with respect, whether they are right or wrong. Again, it was and is a very sad situation regarding this young man. He should not have lost his life because he decided not to bite his tongue and spoke out against this injustice that he was facing when Zimmerman followed and stopped him. Please let this be a lesson to all young adults and law enforcement types. Let’s not be quick to pull the trigger because once you do it can not be taken back!!!
R.I.P. Trayvon Martin
Condolences to the Family and Friends of Trayvon Martin
My name is Aleastrice. I am a 28 year old, single mother of two, a boy and a girl, who are 8 and 2. I currently work as a substitute teacher while working towards having my dream career. Some of the things I value are my family (of course), friendship, education, honesty, determination, just to name a few. Some of my hobbies are spending time with the kids and family, reading, watching and playing sports (basketball is the fav!), listening to music, attending various afterschool activities, and catching up on my various, favorite television shows.
I have thought about creating a blog for quite some time but never really had an idea about what to write about. So I decided to just write about my feelings, dreams, goals, and just random topics that plague my mind and the world!
So this will be a blog documenting the journey, (mind, body, and soul), of a single, career-oriented, young mother and woman.
Until next time!
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