Published on September 16th, 2014 | by Eve0
IN ONE WEEK I COULD BE THE MOTHER OF A BLACK SON By Eve
In One Week I Could Be the Mother of a Black Son
For Trayvon Martin
You haven’t even been born yet,
And already I am worried.
Worried that even in this country
where we have a half-black
son of an African immigrant and a white woman
sitting in the White House
We still have black men,
black teenagers, no – black kids
being shot dead
for the crime of looking black.
How will I protect you from my world?
How will I make this world a place you will want to live?
Oh, you’re rescuing him, several people said
because we’ll be flying to Arkansas
to bring you into our family.
Arkansas is where Bill Clinton came from,
but it’s also not far from West Memphis
where they almost executed Damien Echols
who was different by choice.
Will Boston be better?
Will you miss Little Rock?
Will you feel at home in the Jewish community
even if you look different from others?
For me, growing up Jewish in South Texas
was a visible, palpable difference –
much like being Black,
wearing a hoodie, or
listening to heavy metal.
I retreated into my youth group
where I sort of fit in.
Will you be able to do the same?
Will you feel wanted and loved
by anyone other than me
and your other mother?