EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was first published on HuffingtonPost.com on April 9, 2012.

Dear Trayvon,

I have been captivated by your story ever since I first caught wind of it in February. Like your parents, and countless other Americans, I want justice for you and the life that you will never get to live. I am saddened by the recent attacks on your character from various anonymous “sources” that claim that you weren’t a good kid, implying that somehow George Zimmerman was within his rights to take your young life because of a 10 day school suspension and an empty bag of weed. These “sources” are trying to paint you as a young black man headed towards a criminal life at the incredibly young age of 17.

It has always amazed me that people who are the staunchest defenders of life are the same people most comfortable taking it. While the ones that preach “love thy neighbor” are the ones quickest to attack them. To the people out there attempting to smear your name I would say that if they were to be judged by the things they did as a teenager, their lives might also look anything but upstanding. Trayvon, I sincerely wish we had met before your murder made me aware of your life. I see so much of myself in you. When I was 17 I certainly was not the man I am today. I grew up in South Central, Los Angeles. My teenage years were very tumultuous for me and I often felt alone, uncertain and afraid. I sought security and acceptance in all the wrong places and I paid the price for that. I joined a gang when I was a young man and as a result of my involvement I have been in situations and seen things that still haunt me to this day.

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12 thoughts on “Dear Trayvon: A Letter From DL Hughley

  1. Blackamericaweb….. Can you please take off the offensive statement from people like JanCory. There is no place for that type of hateful thoughts. This site should not be about ‘free speech’ on this subject on THIS site at this time. There are plenty of other places where this troll can go and say whatever.

  2. JanCorey on said:

    Dear Trayvon, have a great time in Hell, your parents will meet up with you so you can re-connect down there. Crump and the prosecutors will also join up with you’all, need them to bring some suntan oil?

    • Shay on said:

      To: JanCorey
      You’re the only one who’ ll “Burn in Hell” U sick S.O.B. “OFFSPRING OF HITLER.” U that Lily White Jury; stank ass Prick face Defense attorneys, GZ & his family & the rest of U other Bigots & your bigoted Bred Litter. Kiss!

      • JanCorey on said:

        Shay, no, many like you will burn in Hell, at least according to Jesus and the Apostle’s scriptures. Not me though, because of my religion and the after-life that is granted to followers and believers. I am also not an offspring of Hitler as you claim either, maybe you are because you seem to not be able to handle the facts respectfully imo. Try to stay focused on the facts of the case instead of expending your energy to attack and maintain your racist provocations. George Zimmerman is a hero that we can all agree upon.

  3. Darlene on said:

    I don’t think anybody should criticize Rachel Jeantel. Unless you are volunteering at the schools in their reading program.

    • Jiggy5 on said:

      Darlene, I do volunteer at my daughters school and have since she was in kindergarten. I would suggest that her parent(s) couldn’t be bothered with such trivial nonsense. Rachael was annoyed to be in court and had no idea of the gravity of the situation. Did you hear the question she asked when she was finished testifying?

  4. Jiggy5 on said:

    DL thank you for this letter. I would implore you to write a letter to Rachael Jeantel aka Diamond Eugene, who literally handed the trial to the defense with her lies, disrespect, and just plain ignorance. Just don’t write the letter in cursive.


  5. Now, what do we do about the thousands of blacks that are killed by other blacks every year? Where is the outcry over that sad fact? No open letters, no marches, no protests, no outrage. The circumstances surrounding young Trayvon’s death should indeed cause outrage. But young black men are killed at a much higher rate by other blacks. I’m outraged by the senseless killing of all young people. Not just when they are killed by someone of a race other than mine.

  6. Andrea on said:

    DL, that was sooo deep! Thank you for putting it all in perpective…a young man’s life is being judged based on the same behavior most most young people even white ones do…an theyare not killed for it, they are just being young!!!!

  7. Thanks DL for this beautiful, insightful, prolific letter. Awwwwh if we could only get a copy of this letter to all the lonely, struggling young black men to help them cope with this sometimes cruel cruel world. We can do better people. A great start would be for more Black men that are in fraternities to volunteer at their local Boys, and Girls Club

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