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Be aware of your surroundings. Or bright. Some people are on the lookout for muggers or rapists. You need to be on the lookout for profilers who are judging you. If you feel you are being profiled and followed or, worse, chased by someone with a vigilante streak — if you are hunted in the way it seems Trayvon was, by someone bigger than you who may be armed and hopped up on stereotypes about you — then you need to act. By calling the police…. Well, then you need to retreat. Now is not the time to fight the power. Never forget: As far as we can tell, Trayvon did nothing wrong and still lost his life.

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A mixing of these worlds has got to be a good thing. Recently I was visiting with my 81 year old aunt in North Carolina.

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Her family and extended family is now mixed race by virtue of birth and adoption. She was relaying a conversation from her quilting group. Both blacks and whites can do awful things and good things, so why mention their race at all?

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In any event, better late than never— Way to go auntie! Image credit: AngelaJohnsonMeadows. I have a Caucasian husband, Amerasian children by birth and Ethiopian children by adoption. It prompts awareness and self-reflection in a world of tunnel vision, which is positive.

You are promoting both of those positives by posting your honest feelings. The sad part is that a mother and father have lost their child in a horrific way, and our society chooses to see it as a race issue rather than a humanity issue. As parents of children no matter color we simply must stick to teaching them values and respect. We encourage our children to be proud of their heritage as that is a piece of who they are, but it does not define them.

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Being a person of moral character and having compassion on others is what does define you. Evil and good exists in all races because we are all human and live in a fallen world. Being aware of how others may choose to judge you is wise, but using that against them is not. As minorities we must choose more to educate rather than retaliate, and give the benefit of the doubt rather than jump to conclusions.

Assuming race is the issue before getting to the bottom of things makes the minority just as much at fault as those they claim are treating them unfairly by the color of their skin. I hope and pray that the upcoming generation does truly make progress and live more peacefully without judging each other so superficially.

Tara, beautifully said. I sure pray that my kids are defined by and define themselves by the strength of their character and the depth of their compassion. I pray others give them a chance to show their character and compassion before judging them. I truly want this to be a discussion as I work my way through this mess. So beautifully said, Tara!

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Thanks for sharing this Dawn. Just like women and men and families pained by infertility and the lack of awareness and understanding from others who see it differently because they experience another reality as we do, so are the families with black children needing to have a voice and support from one another to be proactive in getting their truth out there.

A little off topic, but I was speaking with a friend of mine who was reading a blog about the Hunger Games movie. Wow, this just blew me away. I cannot even believe it.

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Al Sharpton calls for a full federal investigation of the Martin killing, saying mere remarks by President Barack Obama and others weren't enough, outside the U. Justice Department in Washington on July Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — A passenger takes a picture of protesters as he rides a city bus on July 16 in Los Angeles. Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — A large group of demonstrators march through downtown Atlanta on July 15 during a protest of the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative, leads a prayer during a demonstration asking for justice for Trayvon Martin.

Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — Residents of Sanford, Florida, attend a prayer vigil to promote peace and unity in their city in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial on July Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — About demonstrators gather during a rally and march in support of Trayvon Martin on July 15 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — A man throws a trashcan during a protest in Oakland, California, on July Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — Demonstrators march following a rally at the Torch of Freedom in downtown Miami on July Protesters walked onto the freeway, stopping traffic, on July Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — Tanetta Foster cries in front of the courthouse on July 13 after hearing the verdict.

Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — A Trayvon Martin supporter rallies outside the courthouse on July After Martin's death, protesters started wearing hoodies in solidarity against racial profiling. Reaction to Zimmerman verdict — Demonstrators and members of the media gather outside of the courthouse on July The jurors deliberated for more than 16 hours before delivering their verdict.

Story highlights Abigail Thernstrom: President Obama's statement on case was a mistake She says Obama wrongly emphasized role of race in the case Presidents should be above the stance of those who seek to stir racial tension, she says Thernstrom: Federal charges vs. Zimmerman would exacerbate the race issue. Every American can make their own judgment about whether justice was served by the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial but one thing we should all recognize: President Obama's interference in a local law enforcement matter was unprecedented and inappropriate, and he comes away from the case looking badly tarnished by his poor judgment.

In fact, if the president had a son, he would have been born to extraordinary privilege and raised with all the advantages of two very affluent and highly educated parents.