Thursday, March 22, 2012

Trayvon Martin and Autism

My heart is breaking for the Martin family right now. A 17 year old boy was gunned down by a man who was tired of "them always getting away".

Trayvon was black

The gunman was Hispanic

The gunman has not been arrested.

How can this be? How can a man shoot another person and not have to answer for his crime? Because Florida has a law called the "stand your ground" law that allows someone to shoot a person if they feel threatened.

But I am white. So I have never felt the fear that many black people live with on a daily basis.

Until I learned more about how this law could affect my child, my family, because my son has autism.

Let me paint a picture for you: my son (who should be about 6'4" tall when fully grown) is in the mall, and wants to go to the pet store. I say no, triggering an explosive emotional response. He raises his voice. Maybe he tries to pull away from me and run. A bystander feels threatened,

Now do you understand? After justice is found for Trayvon Martin, this law needs to be changed before justice must be found for your kid, or mine.

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