The attached photograph ran in The New York Times on Wednesday. It is like the famous Michelangelo sculpture that I saw at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the crucifixion.
The picture of the black Madonna bearing her son should speak to every mother whose son at a young age has died a senseless death. That could include gun violence, which claims a disproportionate number of young African American males.
Their mothers are left to bear their bodies from the life that was sacrificed. The grief shouldered by black women, black families, black churches and the black community is enormous.
It’s why groups like KC Chapter of Mothers in Charge is so vital to getting young people to turn away from violence and have more structured lives that are free of guns.
The picture helps capture the pain that Michael Brown’s mother and Trayvon Martin’s mother and Oscar Grant’s mother and countless other mothers must feel daily.
Too many black women know this pain, and it doesn’t go away. But it has to end with stronger gun laws and the insistence from everyone on safer communities.