As a father of a teenage boy, my heart and prayers go out to Trayvon Martin’s family. The cold blooded murder of this teenage boy is not only a blemish on the accuser George Zimmerman but a blemish on society as a whole as day in and day out we fail to adequately protect our teenagers from predators. The culprits in this case aside from Mr. Zimmerman is the Sanford, Florida authorities, more specifically, the police department, the prosecutor office and the Florida State Attorney General for not taking the appropriate actions before, during and after the shooting to investigate this case. By not conducting a thorough and timely investigation and holding Mr. Zimmerman for questioning and substance abuse testing these authorities have done a disservice to our community. While it would not have diminished the outcry for justice the authorities could have proved themselves competent in ensuring justice for both Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.
It is a sad state of affair that in our society young men cannot walk through a neighborhood without being hounded by vigilantes and police solely of the way they look and the way they dress. While we don’t want to believe that there are still elements of racism in our society, we have to wonder if this young man was any other race than African-American whether the shooting and shooter would not have been met with more rigorous scrutiny, self defense or not. Perhaps the Sanford, Florida authorities should bring in the members of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to look into this case as their methods for protecting animals seem more potent than what the Sanford authorities have displayed to date. Of course this statement is in jest because Trayvon Martin is a human being. The point is we should all condemn this action and work to put processes in place that will minimize and eradicate this type of behavior in the future. Racial profiling is a cancer in our society that if not addressed will continue to eat through the harmony that we seek among our citizens.
Trayvon Martin’s family is demonstrating a lot of patience in this case as they seek justice for their son as oppose to vengeance. Yet in new but not unusual twist Mr. Zimmerman’s supporters is now seeking to demonize this teenager to turn public opinion against this young man. This tactic will only enrage those who cry for justice for Trayvon Martin. America is a free nation and Americans through its diversity is a just nation. We are Trayvon Martin and will not let up until justice is done for this young man and his family. No Justice, No Peace!