As I am sure many of you have heard, Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old (black male) was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, in Florida. Numerous protests were held last week including one in Union Square, New York calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman. Minutes before the shooting, Zimmerman was heard mumbling racial slurs while on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher who authoritatively told Zimmerman to stop pursuing the “suspect.” However, it has been noted that Zimmerman continued his pursuit, which led to an altercation and then ultimately to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The first issue with this case: Zimmerman is a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER, so does that give him the authority to follow and shot unarmed civilians?!? I would like to emphasize the word “WATCH,” meaning you simply watch and call 9-1-1 if you see suspicious activity. Next, I would also like to place emphasis on the word “VOLUNTEER,” meaning that this is not his regular job. As far as the public knows, Zimmerman may or may not have even been coached ahead of time on how to react to certain situations, which led to him ultimately following and harassing Travyon Martin without any right or authority.
Many questions have arisen out of this case:
1. Was this a hate crime?
2. Has America really changed or is race still a major factor in this country?
As sad as this may sound, many Americans are still very ignorant and uneducated. Just google Neo-nazis and/or KKK and you will see that these groups still have a strong presence in America. Hate is taught and as a result, uneducated people carry this hate around, which has been passed down from the earlier generations and take it out on the world. This kind of hate results in hate crimes – act first, then think later!
Zimmerman’s attorney has stated that his client acted in self defense. Well I must say, after following this case, the facts do not lie. Zimmerman acted out of his own prejudices, but now wishes that he could take it back and not face the responsibilities of his own actions. But, will the facts be enough to convict Zimmerman, or will the facts be hidden and ignored to cover up the ugly, inconvenient truth – that issues of race in America still exist!