Question #15: How to oppose racism toward teenagers?
(This post is part of a series for July 2013 entitled “Question Month.” Read the intro to the series here.)
My Facebook post earlier today:
“Question No. 15: Is there anything I can do directly for teenagers in particular to actively oppose racism?
“(Yes, I’ll be working off my list from Question 14 for awhile, with maybe the occasional unrelated question fitting in from time to time.)”
Teenagers. Blithe and sullen, innocent and jaded, materialistic and altruistic. They are both sides of every coin, though not often in between. Grey areas are for adults.
Teenagers recoil at the slightest hint of judgement and blossom just as readily without it. They are brilliant and energetic and focused. Their brand of wisdom could change a thousand worlds.
Teenagers require nothing more than the benefit of the doubt.
And that is all it would have taken for Trayvon Martin to be alive today.
I have no easy answer yet. This is no easy question. But teenagers of all stripes, I know which side on which to err: I promise my assumption will be that you are good, and kind, and much loved.
I love them as little ones, and will love them just as much as teenagers.