Have the Victim Talk With Your Sons

By Bill Maxwell, Tampa Bay Times - August 19, 2013

We are commiserating after wannabe cop George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

For many of us, our commiseration has meant having the "talk" with our sons. Also called the "black male code," the "talk" is the lecture about appropriate behavior and dress in public spaces, especially in the presence of police officers. In much of America, the conventional wisdom is that young black males are a threat, and we hope that in most situations, appropriateness and humility will give us a small measure of protection.

While we need to have this "talk" with our sons, there is another talk we need to have. I'm naming it the victim talk.

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