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10 Things I Told My Kids About Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman by [LeGrand, James]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: James LeGrand (9 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F32CCF6
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eminently Civilized 12 Sept. 2013
By Athansor - Published on Amazon.com
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When I first picked up this book, I was intrigued by the subject choice, but felt a little trepidation over whether or not this would descend into some sort of "us" vs "them" thinking, or worse, an attempt to sensationalize and capitalize on an event that is best left to those directly involved in it.

Happily, not only did I have nothing to fear on either count, but the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman scenario is really more of a framework for the author to hang a series of balanced, well-reasoned, highly accessible thoughts on how to navigate through and deal with fear and prejudice of any kind, than a rehashing of the actual events.

There is no unproductive descent into blaming anyone. There is a laudable attempt to understand the viewpoints of both sides directly involved, with the conclusion that there was undoubtedly both some righteousness and some blame for both Martin and Zimmerman...and more importantly, there is an exploration of where each of them might have made understandable mistakes and how a series of emotionally-based or poor choices led to a tragedy for everyone involved. Lest you miss the implications--the author then points out that while different situations may call for different decisions, the ripples from choices you make have far-reaching, as well as immediate consequences.

I was taken with the author's differentiation between racism and racial profiling--and even more, with his suggestion that education has the power to disarm others. (In fact, I am anxious to discuss this notion with family and friends--but here, will simply say that in my opinion, that section alone is sufficient reason to purchase this book. :))

I loved the thoughtful, moderate, *civilized* tone of the book--the acknowledgement of tragedy (and violent death is always a tragedy for everyone involved), without falling into the corresponding "natural" impulse to take sides, or blame--but rather stepping back, recognizing pain and possible bad choices, and focusing on what is really the only thing that concerns anyone not immediately involved--the lessons that can be learned from what happened.

Overall, the tone reminded me a bit of the voice of Atticus Finch, or one of the more moderate Greek or Roman philosophers...it felt like I was listening to words of wisdom from a beloved counselor and friend.

In the introduction, the author explains that this is more or less an open letter to his sons, and that as such, the style was a little rougher around the edges than it might have been for a different audience--and I would agree. There were a few of the inevitable minor errors that creep into ebooks, and the style was a little more that of someone thinking out loud, than a more highly polished presentation, but perhaps because of this, feels intimate and immediate.

I very much enjoyed sharing the author's thoughts...and look forward to reading more of his work in the future.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all backgrounds 31 Dec. 2013
By Michael J. Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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James writes in plain English with direct, matter of fact style.
The topic of Trayvon Martin is a backdrop to great life advise to keep your center, perspective and see the world for what it is. Be aware of the world's limitations, keep perspective of it's shortcomings and never be a victim!
5.0 out of 5 stars Parenthood for everyone 21 Sept. 2013
By Dreamcatcher - Published on Amazon.com
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James is not just teaching his sons, he is teaching all of us (parents), how to communicate with our family! The way James communicates is like " Turning a light on". I hope many families share this book with their teenagers. If we want to make a change we must start with ourselves and our families!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book. 18 Oct. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading 10 Things I Told My Kids About Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Very interesting book and a lot of information to tell your children. Lots to tell your sons.
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