Trayvons of Philadelphia

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“If we truly wish to pay tribute to Trayvon’s life, we will work to prevent the senseless deaths of the countless young men who look like him and who will die at the hands of young men who look like them. If we want to honor our own children, we will take off our hoodies — not because of the stigma attached to them, but because we owe it to our children to abandon the bromidic symbolism now serving as proxies for authentic outrage. We owe it to them to demonstrate commensurate passion for their well-being at all times, not just when the issue of race looms large. When we are done attending to the splinter in our brother’s eye, we owe it to them to address the wooden beam that has long been in our own.”

Scott P. Charles, trauma outreach coordinator at Temple University Hospital

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