The mothers (Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, Lesley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice, and Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner) of the men and boys at the center of all the racial tension gripping the appeared on CNN to chat with Anderson Cooper about how their lives have been impacted by their insurmountable loss.
The interview was an eye-opening session that revealed the level of pain and despair that have themed the disposition of the mothers who are pretty convinced that if they’re sons were white – they would be alive today.
Each of the women gave their own personal testament regarding the excruciating consequence of what being a Black male in America can tragically produce. Fulton’s observations hindered on the current lack of basic human respect, “There is no regard anymore for human life. There has to be somewhere where we draw the line and say, ‘Listen, our kids want to grow up, too.” “We have to change our mindsets.” “We have to let people know that our children matter. Our sons and our daughters matter. We are hurting. This country is hurting.”
Gwen Carr stated with confidence that if her son had been a white man illegally selling cigarettes, “they would have given him a summons and he wouldn’t have lost his life that day”.
McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown was almost certain that Darren Wilson would be indicted for the senseless killing of her son – “You had so many witnesses”.
Tamir Rice’s mother admitted that she permitted the disturbing footage of her son’s death to be released to the public in order to give the world access to “what happened to her son”.
The women also shared the same view about how others who are not subjected to the consistency of racial profiling might perceive their situation with Fulton summarizing her sentiment, ‘it’s not happening to them, so they don’t quite like it”. “They don’t understand. They think that it’s a small group of African-Americans that’s complaining…The people say that all the time: ‘What are they complaining about now? What are they protesting about now?” “Until it happens to them and in their family then they’ll understand the walk. They don’t understand what we’re going through. They don’t understand the life and they don’t understand what we’re fighting against. I don’t even think the government gets it.”
Powerful and strong testimonies from women who had the unfortunate burden of burying their kids as a result of a crippling and fractured system that is ironically under the tutelage of an administration being governed by the first Black president.