Thursday, April 12, 2012

I Am Not Trayvon

photo © Mark Butkus 2008
He too is not Trayvon.

I am not Trayvon
I have never owned a hoodie
I don't like Skittles
I am not an African-American

I am not Zimmerman
I have never felt the need to patrol a block
I don't like guns
I am not Hispanic

I am invisible
I have been suspended from high school
I have sat in the back of a police cruiser
I was given the opportunity to grow up
and learn to be a man

                                    — but not Trayvon

— Mark Butkus



  1. Very pow!erful - I like the parallels and the ending stings. Great, timely write.