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An open letter to Trayvon Martin’s mother

Posted: July 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

An open letter to Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, and to the Trayvon Martin Foundation:

We are aware that many thousands of people have sent contributions to the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

You have stated on your website that you will use these funds to support social media, campaigns, marketing, public relations and to bring awareness to civil right, injustices and social issues to uplift and advocate for the advancement of children and youth.

Instead of enriching the pockets of media campaigners, marketing and public relation firms, you could better use these donations by setting up scholarships, sports programs or any other way that you could directly assist young school-aged black men and women.

Take the money with which you have been entrusted and go to your local houses of worship and ask them where their needs for youth programs lie.

Travel to the inner city and communicate with activists in a housing project. Keep in mind that according to the most recent records from November 2012, only 59 percent of black children in Florida graduated from high school. There is a tragedy that your foundation could address in Trayvon’s name.

Bringing awareness of civil rights and social injustice cannot be solved by throwing money at it, and it definitely will not give your son a legacy — which I assume is the reason for your website giving folks a place to donate to your cause.

I guess what I am saying is that you don’t have to bring on additional awareness of our civil rights. Take your pick from any group of people from mixed racial backgrounds. You will find no matter what their race, people tend to feel that other races are receiving priority treatment to the treatment they receive.

Right now, the need seems to be to keep our kids in school and off the streets. Use your finances wisely and don’t let others entice you to support things that will not help other children. Allowing this windfall to be misspent would be another tragedy.

 

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