On February 26th 17 year old Trayvon Martin was killed. After picking up some Skittles at the local store block captain, George Zimmerman, began to follow him. Some fight ensued and Zimmerman killed Martin.
Martin was African American and Zimmerman is multi-racial. Not that it should matter, but apparently it does.
Members of the community are outraged that Zimmerman wasn’t arrested and other members feel that the shooting was justified. There are some other issues that need to be considered:
- In Pennsylvania, there is a teen killed by a gun every three days. Laws need to be changed and not just for Trayvon, but for every kid. Families need to know that someone will speak up for their dead child.
- The press is making a point of reporting that the teenager was suspended from school for pot and this is his third suspension. He’s a teenager. His school record has nothing to do with why he was shot or that he was shot at all.
- Zimmerman was a block captain and was working with his Town Watch association. The rule of thumb for people participating in Town Watches is that if they see any suspicious activity they are to call the police. He should have called the police and not taken upon himself to follow the lad.
- Florida has stalking laws. Zimmerman admits to following Trayvon. Perhaps the Martin family should get him arrested for stalking.
- The police should investigate Zimmerman, who once tried to be a cop, more carefully. If episodes of Law and Order have taught us anything, it’s to be suspicious of people who weren’t good enough to become cops or doctors.
- The scales of Florida’s justice system are imbalanced. They mete out harsher penalties on minority kids than others. Just go ask Lionel Tate about the justice system. When he was 11, he got life in prison.
- People, in order to show their solidarity, have taken to wearing hoodies which is ridiculous. Wearing a hoodie isn’t going to change anything, but perhaps it fools people into believing they’re actually doing something. They only thing that’s accomplishing is increasing the store’s profits that sold the hoodie. No one in Florida is going to care about athletes, celebrities or kids wearing hoodies; it won’t change anything. Here’s a thought. Start a collection to help Trayvon’s family. These aren’t rich people. The father’s a truck driver and the mother works for the state. Go down to Florida and protest the way people did during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. If you can’t go to Florida, start a letter writing campaign, also popular during the 60s. Flood the police department and local politicians with letters. Maybe protesting and letters won’t change anything, but inundating people in Florida with aggravation is better than wearing a hoodie to school or work.