The shooting of an unarmed 17 year old boy in Sanford, Florida has many peoples’ minds racing with questions about race. The media has zoomed in on 17 year old Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman as they try to connect the dots in the murder case.
Trayvon Martin was on his cell phone at the time talking to his girlfriend when he noticed George Zimmerman was following him. He told his girlfriend that he was being followed and she recalls telling him to run. However, he chose not to run, and was attacked for no apparent reason. Neighbors nearby heard him call out for help as they tried to call the police to come to the scene.
This case touches close to my heart because he was an innocent African American teenager trying to make it home in one piece that night. Trayvon Martin’s killer, Zimmerman accused him of looking suspicious because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. This brings about issues of stereotypes that have set African Americans back for many years.
Currently, this case has caught the attention of President Obama. He mentioned how the death of Trayvon Martin is “a tragedy, urging cooperation among law enforcement and declaring that, “some soul searching was needed throughout the country.” I also agree that some “soul searching” should be done as we get down to the root of this tragic murder. Obama also said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”
Not only has this case brought about national attention, protestors are marching on his behalf across the nation. States like Florida, California and Detroit are making noise in large numbers as they gather together to spark a change! Large crowds in the 1,000’s chanting, “No justice, no peace!” because many minorities are at risk of that happening to them.
With that being said, the Miami Heat NBA team supported Trayvon Martin as the entire team came out wearing their hoodies before a game. This was a bold statement for the Miami Heat because they were saying that they embrace this case and will aim in raising awareness about the issues of race.
This brings me to my question, do you think Trayvon’s murderer, George Zimmerman deserves to be put in jail ? Please feel free to comment on this article giving us your thoughts or concerns!
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