The tragic death of 17-year-old Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has sparked waves of public outrage and re-opened the long-dormant discourse about race in America. On Monday, talk show host Wendy Williams spoke about her family's experience as African-Americans, and described the stress and worry that she said black men live with every day.
"I'm sure we're not the only black family that extra took time to talk to our son about being racially profiled," Williams said. "For me, as a black woman, I worry about my black father, my brother-in-law, my nephew who leaves for college in the fall, my husband, who I don't sleep until I hear the garage door go up and go down."
Williams told a story about dropping her 11-year-old son, who was wearing a hoodie, off at a party, and making a point to go inside to introduce herself to the parents "just so they would understand ... there's always some sort of underlying thought when you're raising a black son."
The talk show host took a serious turn when explaining that the experience of being a black man in America is one that comes with constant anxiety, even for the women who are close to them. "Even when justice is served, we as black people, for our boys and our fathers and our uncles, this is a day-to-day worry and occurrence, whether they graduated from Harvard or are digging ditches or anything in between," Williams said. "It's just a thing of being a black male in America."
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