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Justice For Trayvon Martin: An Unjust Murder Done By A Overzealous Prejudice Security Guard
Before You Read This...
THIS IS MY OPINION ABOUT THE TRAYVON MARTIN SHOOTING AS WELL AS INFORMATION THAT I HAVE RECIEVED BACK IN EARLY MARCH OF 2012. BEFORE YOU READ AND JUGDE ME, UNDERSTAND THAT THE PREMISE OF IT ALL DEALS WITH JUSTICE AS IT CONCERNS RACE, AS WELL AS THE RACE ISSUE IN ITS ENTIRETY. YES RACISM STILL EXISTS WHETHER PEOPLE REALIZE IT OR NOT. IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I GOT TO SAY, THEN I SUGGEST YOU DO NOT READ IT. IT IS MY OPINION AND I WILL STICK WITH IT.
I was a little hesistant to write about it...mainly because I was afraid that I would end up cursing up a storm about George Zimmerman, the man responsible for Trayvon Martin's death. But I will try to keep my cool and explain in my best ability about the murder of Trayvon Martin.
According to various news coverages, on February 26, 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was on his way back to his father's home in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, 20 miles from Orlando. He was at a 7-11 and bought some Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. George Zimmerman, the security guard at this gated community, thought that Trayvon Martin was a "suspicious character" and decided to call the police to report him. While on the phone, the police dispatcher asked if Zimmerman was following him. Zimmerman claimed that he was, and the dispatcher responded by saying, "You do not need to do that". Then Zimmerman said, "These people always get what they want."
After that, Zimmerman took it upon himself to approach Trayvon. When Zimmerman finally approached him, he asked questions like, "Who are you and what are you doing here?". Trayvon Martin ignored him, because after all, he was a rent-a-cop, and he was not under arrest. After Trayvon did not give him the "respect" that he felt like he deserved, Zimmerman then shot the unarmed teenager to death. Ruthlessly, may I add, because Trayvon was yelling for help as Zimmerman shot him, allegedly calling him a "punk". What did the police did? Nothing. They argued that what Zimmernam did was an act of self defense. Huh? Since when shooting an unarmed teenager is an act of self-defense?
The Point Is:
As a black woman, I could honestly say that I am upset about the fact that the justice system in the United States is based on race. I hate the fact that I have to use the race card (because the only real race is Homo sapiens sapiens), but that is the truth. Think about it. If the race of both Trayvon and Zimmerman were flipped, only that a white teenager was in a African-American neighborhood (since Zimmerman is half-Latino), the African-American security guard would have been in jail on that fateful day and would already be guilty by both public opinion and in the courts. Also, the justifications I heard around the internet stating that the hoodie Trayvon wore on the day of his death is ridiculous. For instance, Geraldo mentioned today that if Trayvon wouldn't have worn a hoodie (which is to Geraldo, the "gangsta" dress code), then he would have lived. While I agree that the "gangsta" lifestyle needs to stop being glorified, Trayvon's choice of dress does not have anything to do with him being killed ruthlessly by an overzealous PREJUDICIAL security guard. Another justification I heard was the fact that Zimmerman is half-Latino. Just because Zimmerman is half-Latino does not mean that he is less capable of having racist attitudes and mentalities as people of other races. I even wrote another hub a month ago about a half-Cuban and her white friend making a racist video about African-Americans in the link below.
As for Trayvon Martin's family, my heart goes out to them. Especially his brother. I can definitely relate to losing a sibling at a young age and seeing your parents and the rest of your family dealing with their pain in various ways. I know it is hard from them right now and my prayers goes out to them. I already took part in signing a petition for law enforcement to bring justice for Trayvon earlier this week, and now the FBI is taking over the case! Which is great, but I think for right now it is just the beginning. You could also still sign the petition in the below link as well. Like I have mentioned before in my article about the two racist teenage girls, race is a social factor that is designed to further segregate than unite. I wished that I did not have to use the race card earlier, but unfortunately, that is the society that we live in. Justice has to be served for Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman has to take responsibility for his actions.
If you want to further understand my view before making your judgement, you can also take time to read this: The Race Issue: From My View.
Update: George Zimmerman was arrested yesterday, April 12, 2012. He will be charged with second-degree murder but like I said before, this is ONLY the beginning for real justice.
You Can Still Sign The Petition and also Read My Other Hub
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- From The Producers That Made The Racist Arizona Teen...
Another racist video that went viral on YouTube titled,