Monday Musings: I See Trayvon Daily

Say it Rah-shay By Jul 15, 2013 10 Comments

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I see Trayvon daily.

He is the teen asking for help finding the summer reading books mandated by his schools.

He is the teen showing me how to play Super Smash Brothers Brawl during Game Days at the library.

He is the teen sheepishly grinning when I fuss at him for acting up.

He is my nephew, he is someone’s son.

He may not look like the typical library patron with his sagging pants, hoodies in the winter, loud talk. There are moments when I eye him with suspicion…what are you doing with that book? Where did you put that Spiderman comic? But he is someone’s son, someone’s nephew and he deserves the benefit of being treated with the respect I give everyone else.

The text alert that shared the news that George Zimmerman was not guilty left me cold. And angry and hurt. I do my best to be a part of this country. To be a good citizen. And for what? My value as a woman, as a Black woman is valued in how well I toe the line and not make waves.

I want to be angry.

I want to hurt something.

I want to act out but I know the best way to act out, be angry, hurt something, is to do something.

I used to giggle at my sister’s involvement in community, her police academy enrollment and her political ambitions. I thought it was enough to vote and work but it’s not. I get involved…but. I do things in my community…but. These Trayvons need more than my half-assed commitment and I need more than angry tweets.

I see Trayvon daily and it’s up to me to do my part in making sure he knows that he is a vital part of this community. That he is valued. That he is important enough to stand up for and worth every effort that can be made.


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. Mary says:

    Well-said, Rachee.

  2. Jaime says:

    I struggle with what to do that will be enough, too. Our tweets are a start, but there should be more.

  3. Raya says:


  4. Jen says:

    I too see Trayvon daily, and wish everyone did. Thank you.

  5. Jeannette says:

    I hope you find a way to make an impact. Sharing words is always a good start!

  6. This is beautiful. I agree. Thanks for sharing.

  7. michelle says:

    Great post. It’s one of my pet peeves to see people judged based on how they are dressed or the lingo used. Everyone is a child to someone and deserves the up most respect.

  8. Kristyn says:

    wonderful post and i hope you are able to find a way to make an impact

  9. Dawn says:

    Great post and great positive start by posting this. Thanks for inspiring us to do the same!

  10. What a great post and it’s a total miscarriage of justice that these things happen in this day and age. I hope we can make a change.

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