I’m a grown ass man.
And grown men don’t cry. Can I get an AMEN from the grown ass man section of the blogosphere?!
My assertion was flipped on its head last Friday when I took the stage at BlogHer15 as a Voice Of The Year Honoree to read an article I wrote after the decision to not indict the officers who killed, yes, killed, Eric Garner was announced.
Why did I cry?
When proofreading the article before submitting it to SheKnows.com, every time I got to the picture of my son at the end, I would shed a tear. So, I knew there was a chance it might happen when I read it live, in front of hundreds of people.
Here’s the picture:
The photo was supposed to show up at the end of the article, but it appeared in the monitor a little early, and when I looked down and saw it, the emotions around the frustration I feel about helplessness when it comes to being able to protect my son from the police as a Black male, in this America, came pouring out.
What did I learn?
The response from the audience was amazing. I received a standing ovation, which I could barely see at the time because of all the water in my eyes. Afterwards, so many people, men and women, Black and white, came up to me and shared their frustration about the situation and said they don’t know what to tell their sons either.
And grown ass men admitted I made them cry, too. Ha!
Without further ado, here’s the video. I hope it touches you in some way.
P.S., Special thanks to my new friend, Rita Arens, of BlogHer, and my old friend, Pauline Campos, for telling me they were gonna come on stage and finish reading the article for me, if I was unable to do so on my own.