A young black man in Los Angeles wrote one of the most viral of responses to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Alex Fraser said his "open letter," which he shared on Facebook, was just something he had to do. Now, that letter has garnered national attention. Steve Harvey read it on his radio show, saying it's "one of the most compelling" things he's seen. Celebrities, including actor Lance Gross, and the public have been sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.
Fraser told Evening Express' Ryan Smith that, overall, the reaction has been positive, but he has gotten some negative response from people who say he is encouraging racial strife. He says he hopes the letter sparks conversations between people so they won't be suspicious of others.
The letter is printed below from his Facebook page:
Dear George Zimmerman,
For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.
You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.
People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you'll want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up the next day, put on firm look and push through life.
I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you'd end up inheriting all of his struggles.
Enjoy your "freedom."
A black male who could've been Trayvon Martin