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Justice For Trayvon Martin: An Unjust Murder Done By A Overzealous Prejudice Security Guard

Updated on April 24, 2012
R.I.P. Trayvon Martin
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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.

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      Shayna Cacho 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY, Living in Delaware

      @MikeSyrSutton...First off, I stand corrected when I mentioned the term "racist" the describe Zimmerman...he might have prejudicial attitudes towards African Americans. Second of all, just because Zimmerman tutored black children with his wife does not mean that Zimmerman himself does not hold these types of attitudes either in his conscious or subconscious mind as well as hold some stereotypes against them. Prejudice and racism still exist to this day and we all need to acknowledge them, whether a person is black, white, Hispanic or Asian.

      As well as the media and the various facts surrounding the case, at the time when I have written this hub, it was based on what was on the news during that time, which was back in March. Even if the facts are proven to be contrary to what I have written (I have explained it in a different hub about him being arrested and the issues surrounding the public opinion concerning race issues) the issue of racism STILL EXISTS. And that was the point of the hub. Thanks for commenting.

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      MikeSyrSutton 5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Does a racist call 911 if he is going to murder someone? Does a racist tutor young black children with his wife? He never said he was black! 911 asked his color and THEN he said I think he is black. NBC lied about this. I dont believe the lies, do you?

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      Shayna Cacho 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY, Living in Delaware

      *instead

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      Shayna Cacho 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY, Living in Delaware

      And that is all you have to go on? Seriously? Provide me with something instead of trying to insult me and my intelligence...glad I deleted the comment. The last comment I've made about race was factual. Everything that I have mentioned was not "fabricated" AT ALL. MY POINT was we are all human beings and that issues concerning race continues to be an issue TO THIS DAY...not JUST the Trayvon case, but with countless others. I was not the one to turn it into a black and white issue, YOU DID. If you ACTUALLY got the point of my article, it was for people to understand that race is an issue amongst human beings and if we acknowledge it istead to putting it under the rug, then we can deal with it in a peaceful matter instead to resenting each other.

      But of course you do not care about that @Gusser because you want to try to make an example out of me and trying to say that I am "making a fool". Well I AM NOT. And out of countless articles that you seen about Trayvon Martin, you want to attack me in a condescending matter. Why? Because you thought that I was an easy target. If you want to try to argue your point, do not try with me because I AM NOT THE ONE. So this exchange back and forth is done and if you still do not get it and if you insist at throwing insults at this point, then you sir are one of these people in denial about this issue.

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      Shayna Cacho 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY, Living in Delaware

      First of all, I did not mention anything about having a bounty on Zimmerman suggesting ANYTHING about him being killed. All I have said was that he needs to take responsibility for his actions. That is all I said. Besides, I know what it is like to lose a family member so why would I wish that on anyone to go throught that?

      Second of all, pertaining to "the laws are made to handle this", the "Stand Your Ground" law only pertained if there was a threat to his household. In this case, there was not. I am not against people having a right to defend themselves, but there is a line between defending, being a vigilante and killing someone who was UNARMED.

      Third of all, like I said I stood for what I said and that there were no assumptions that I have made AT ALL. Like I have mentioned dozens of times, the only true race is HOMO SAPIENS SAPIENS. Notice that the institution of color differences is designed to further segregate rather than unite. In the Trayvon Martin case, racial profiling has been designed for that same purpose. People assume that because you are a certain skin color that you are a "troubled being" instead of a human. The only difference we have are cultural, but that does not mean that we should segregate.

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      The laws are made to handle this. Having bounties on someone is criminal. Judging them WITHOUT all the facts is also WRONG. Color is not a reason to judge.

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      Shayna Cacho 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY, Living in Delaware

      @Gusser...NO I did not and my hub does not look bad at all because I stood for what I said then and now. So no it is not bad at all. And I am fully aware of the new information at hand about Trayvon and the extent that there were claims that either Trayvon attacked Zimmerman first or vice-versa and how he was a "troubled teen"...which is BS but it is what it is.

      Either way IT DOES NOT excuse the fact that Zimmerman stalked Trayvon (who was unarmed) and shot him while he was basically screaming for his life. No human being DESERVES THIS, no matter how a person is. No one is perfect and people make mistakes (if it was true), so why should that be the factor of whether Trayvon deserves to die?

      And I certainly did not jump the gun to answer your question and made no assumptions AT ALL. Trust that fact. I stood for what I said on my hub and I chose to stick to it. Thanks for reading

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      My how this hub looks bad with all the new information coming out. Jumped the gun eh?

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      Shayna Cacho 5 years ago from Brooklyn, NY, Living in Delaware

      @moonlake...I get what you are saying in terms of the corruption of the law enforcement. Glad that now the Sanford city commissioners voted 'no confidence' for the chief of police, Bill Lee. We will definitely see what Lee's fate is...if he ends up resigning from his position. As for the racism, I believe that was the reason (other than being trigger-happy) that Trayvon is no longer alive. As for Geraldo's comment...my thoughts exactly! Thanks for commenting!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I don't know if Zimmerman was racist or not. We've all met the Zimmerman type. Acting like a big shot. If that had been my son and he had killed Trayvon Martin he would have been arrested right than and there and put in jail and not let out.

      Zimmerman should have been arrested. I think he wasn't because the police all knew him. It was that buddy, buddy attitude that police have. I think the police should also go to court for not doing their job.

      My heart breaks for Trayvon Martin's family. Their baby just walked to the store and he was gunned down in cold blood.

      GERALDO RIVERA what a .....! Everyone wears hoodies and it has nothing to do with "gangsta". How many people do you see jogging wearing a hoodie they aren't trying to be a gangsta.

      I hope this man gets life for what he did. He was told to stop and wait for police and he refused.