Trayvon Martin: boy or man? Sometimes something has to be said

When I was a boy of 9, I learned to drive a car. After I came of age (after my 16th birthday), considered an adult eligible to hold a Texas Drivers License, I received my license to independently operate an automobile in any state in the union. States do not issue drivers licenses to children.

At the age of 17, I worked as a ‘roughneck’ on offshore drilling rigs for Storm Drilling Company. My fellow roughnecks, the company and my parents recognized me as a young man, not as a boy.

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Just to clear misunderstanding engendered by the likes of racist Al Sharpton and Barack Obama, Trayvon Martin was not a little boy. He was a man, a young man, but nonetheless a MAN.

At the age of 17, I could operate heavy machinery, climb derricks, tote 100-pound sacks of drilling mud. I owned a car paid for with money I earned. That car wasn’t much to look at, it was old, used a lot of oil, but it got me to work and back without too many problems.

You mommies that coddle your 17 and 18 year old ‘boys’ need to wise up and recognize them as MEN. Men don’t think like little boys. This country needs men who will take responsibility for their actions. Our boys must become men who respect, love and are willing to die for their wives and children.

Our country didn’t get to be the best in the world by the capricious acts of little boys. Men whose mothers encouraged them to be men built this nation. Mothers who treat 17 year old young men as ‘boys’ do them a great disservice.

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