This isn’t going to be a very long post. I just had a couple of thoughts I wanted to share.
First and foremost, the true tragedy here is that a young person lost his life. Trayvon Martin was only 17 when he died. I am saddened for the Martin family.
The circumstances around his untimely death are bit messed up. George Zimmerman, the man who was on trial for Trayvon’s death, was found innocent. There is a lot of outrage over this verdict.
This is what I think: I am pissed that George Zimmerman was not found guilty of anything. I am also pissed that this has become an issue of race. Hear me out on both.
First, Zimmerman was instructed by authorities to not follow Martin because the police were on their way. He chose to disobey those orders. A cause and effect chain happened because of his poor decision to follow Martin. Martin attacked Zimmerman because he was frightened. I don’t blame him. If a man followed me like that I may have done the same thing. Trayvon Martin ended up losing his life because of this. Had Zimmerman followed the commands of authorities, Martin would still be alive today. There should have been some accountability held there.
Second, race has been the heart of this entire controversy. I honestly don’t believe that Zimmerman based his suspicion on Martin solely because he was black and wearing a hoodie. Something caused him to be (wrongly) suspicious. People make Zimmerman out to be some kind of racist or something. He himself is a strong minority as a Hispanic man. I love President Obama, but I disagreed when he chimed in on this and said that Trayvon could have been his son. This really raised the ante on the race argument.
If this was really a matter of race, then were was the public outcry for Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom? Not sure of who they are? They were a young white couple who were tortured, raped, and murder by a group of black people. Where is that outrage? Why is it different when it is reversed?
So my closing thoughts: An injustice was done to Trayvon Martin that led to his life ending way too soon. While I am not thrilled that George Zimmerman was not held a bit accountable for Trayvon’s death, I am glad that he wasn’t charged with any type of murder either. From what I gathered, the prosecution did a really shitty job. I think it is because they just did not have enough proof of anything. This racism shit needs to stop too. History has taught me that black people have been the prominent victims of hate crimes in the United States. I can understand how there can be some residual anger over that. But that doesn’t mean that every crime against a black person is a hate crime. Sometimes it is just a tragic crime against a human being. If you feel outraged that this was a black hate crime, then you also need to be outraged at white (like Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom) or gay (Matthew Sheppard) hate crimes as well.