It’s still chaotic along the Mississippi–and there appears to be no sign that the clashes will abate–but yesterday Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, penned a letter to Michael Brown’s family for Time.com in which she sought to help them understand their loss through the prism of the current media madness.
Read the whole thing here, but Fulton leaves the best insight for last when she offers up her advice on coming to grips with Brown’s death:
My advice is to surround yourselves with proven and trusted support. Through it all, I never let go of my faith, my family, or my friends. Long after the overwhelming media attention is gone, you will need those three entities to find your ‘new normal.’ Honor your son and his life, not the circumstances of his alleged transgressions. I have always said that Trayvon was not perfect. But no one will ever convince me that my son deserved to be stalked and murdered. No one can convince you that Michael deserved to be executed. [Time]
But she drops the mic a little bit before the above passage with this piece of information:
According to The Children’s Defense Fund, gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children ages 1-19. That is a horrible fact.
Yes it is.