So boy, don’t you turn back.Don’t you set down on the steps’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.Don’t you fall now—— Langston Hughes, “Mother to Son“
We know you’re still hurting, mamas. When the Zimmerman trial verdict was announced last weekend, so many parents were left bewildered, anguished, and bereft. We know the news was especially difficult for parents of black sons.
As part of our mission, we seek to amplify the stories of those who go unnoticed unless being prejudged, profiled, or stigmatized. And it’s important for us to continue doing so for mothers who are struggling to understand why this country is so hostile to sons who look like hers.
We hope you’ve watched the video above; it details our next project. Here are the finer points:
One of our mothers — Damali Robertson emailed us this brilliant, beautiful idea insight:
[We can start a discussion of] Black single-mothers or Black parents about the human beings they are raising. Having Trayvon painted as a thug gets him dismissed. However, if we can speak to the essence of our children, their personalities, spirits, and souls, describing them as multi-faceted and complex, it may help paint a very different picture.
The videos themselves can be to any relevant audience.
- You can describe your son to the BBM Community or humanize him for the world at large.
- You can speak directly to him, as a sort of video letter.
- You can invite your son to join you in the video itself. Talk to him on screen or the two of you can talk to us about your hopes and worries and dreams for the future.