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Racial profiling and a justice system that fails to protect the true victims of a blind sided fear

Updated on March 15, 2012

On February 26th Trayvon Martin a 17 yr old life was taken due to racial profiling and a fear the white man continues to use as an excuse.

George Zimmerman, a white man whom happens to be a neighborhood watch member took it upon himself to attack Trayvon Martin as he walked down the street to his father's residence. It is known per news reports that Zimmerman dialed 911 to report a suspicious male in 'his' neighborhood-Trayvon Martin an unarmed 17 year old leaving the 7 -Eleven store. I'm questioning Zimmerman's reason of suspecting Trayvon Martin as being suspicious which I am sure this question rises amongst us all and proves that racial profiling is a failed attempt of our justice system to protect and serve.

Who does the justice system protects when a man can raise a false suspicion of another because of the color of his skin? Then takes it upon himself to follow and attack his victim, which then led the real victim Trayvon Martin to defend himself by fighting off his attacker.

Mr. Zimmerman can claim self defense but the reports only raises my suspicion on Zimmerman's actions. If you have to get out of your car and stalk a person whom you are so fearful of because you believe they are "suspicous" in appearance to you then there's no apparent fear.

Per the police Chief of Sanford Fl commented that they didn't have enough evidence to hold Zimmerman-keep in mind Zimmerman was the only one carrying a weapon? Keep in mind Zimmerman was the only one that got out of his car-his safe haven at the time to follow Trayvon Martin and to do what? What was his purpose of getting out of his car? Why weren't these questions asked to provide the evidence needed to hold Mr. Zimmerman on suspicion of a crime committed that had no real cause of threat against him?

If the tables were turned and this was a black man whom shot a white boy the justice system would be fighting hard to keep the shooter in jail. They would have found the necessary evidence to make a case. Let's wake up and let's not allow this boy's life to have been taken in vain because there was no reason for him to lose his life.

My heart goes out to Trayvon's family-as a mother I am hurting inside for his. I can't imagine the pain she must be dealing with.

I've said it before and I will continue to raise my voice on the issues of the racism that continues to plague our country especially in Florida. Judging from many blogs and message boards amongst several communities racism never died. The strides past leaders made only hid the truth-Racism will always and forever be.


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      H C Palting 

      6 years ago from East Coast

      The 911 tapes reveal the murderer called police and was told by the dispatcher to stop following the boy. He followed him in his SUV despite being told not to, so obviously there was no fear of the so called suspicious boy as has been reported. As you said he got out of the SUV and at that point tried to get the kid to "prove" he "belonged" in the shooter's neighborhood as if the shooter was owner of every town home there.

      It escalated only after the murderer got out of his SUV and the kid can be heard on the tape screaming for help. This is chilling. It has been reported a crooked cop "corrected" a WITNESS to the incident and told them it was the murderer screaming for help, not the defenseless kid. This same cop was also involved in another horribly handled racially charged case in which a homeless black man was beaten by a lieutenant's son.

      In yet another twist, the murderer has assaulted a police officer in the past but the police dept. and others are saying he has a clean record. The murderer was also trying to become a police officer but I have no idea how that works out when you've already assaulted a police officer in 2005.

      If I fear someone, I avoid them and let police handle it if needed. This child was stalked and then murdered for walking while black and his killer is being protected by the police. I don't know if a Hollywood script could be any crazier than this. The most frightening thing is that this is reality.

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      Donnetta Williams 

      6 years ago from jacksonville

      Thanks for reading. I agree that this crime relates more to a hate crime more than a man crying self defense, some kind of investigation should be done. Hoping the community in Sanford Florida raise their voices and demand for justice.

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      6 years ago

      This is an outrage. I would be very surprised if this individual is not prosecuted.Quite possibly, in his capacity as neighbourhood watch chair he was chummy with the local police, hence their resistance to arresting him.There should be an investigation into their actions too. An interesting and useful article.

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      Amy DeMarco 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      This incident is so disturbing to me. This man is clearly a racist to assume someone is a threat due to how he looks. Furthermore the idiot attacked rather then calling the police which raises doubts in my mind that he was ever suspicious of the boy. Seems more like a hate crime. If that happened here in Chicago I guarantee Zimmerman would still be in jail. We are nothing like Florida.

      Thank you for sharing this story. Sadly, racism is alive and well. Maybe your hub will help change some attitudes.

      Rated up, useful and interesting.


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