Our Sons Matter Too!
In a world where recognition seems to be relegated for just a chosen few, another voice is fighting to be heard.
I know that this should go without saying, but here I go saying it! OUR SONS MATTER TOO!
I'm a proud black Muslim woman with six children and three of them are boys. I'm reminded that I have young black boys everyday and not just because of their mere presence, but because the world (in many ways) has forgotten that they matter.
Recently, two of my teen sons were in a car accident because they swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The vehicle flipped upside down into a ditch, an incident that could have had an incredibly tragic ending but miraculously, they both walked away without a scratch.
However, when the police arrived, they were treated like criminals instead of the innocent children in need of care that they are. Before they were even allowed to sit in the back of the cruiser, they were patted down and met with a barrage of accusatory questions.
The tone of the questioning insinuated that they may have been under the influence or texting as they operated the vehicle. At that moment, I wondered if boys of another persuasion would have been met with the same treatment as my children.
Don't think too hard on that one... it was a rhetorical question. I know the answer, just like I know that the mantra of "OUR SONS MATTER TOO!" should be chanted alongside the trending slogans on every billboard and t-shirt seen around town.
Does anyone stop and think about the mental toll that this exclusion has taken on our boys?
Well, I have. I've decided to make a concerted effort into allowing them to be seen and heard. If we want to have safe, loving, and valuable men in our society, then we all have to show our sons that they matter too!