The events of last month when Trayvon Martin was gunned down in an area close to home for me has sparked a nationwide uproar from all walks of life. I knew I wanted to post something about this tragedy a while back, I could not ever imagine how I could cope with losing one of my kids this way. I waited until now because I felt like there was so much being said (and still is) that I was engaged in listening more than I was in speaking.
First off, I want to be clear…I obviously wasn’t there that fateful night of February 26th. I don’t know exactly what “went down” between Zimmerman and Trayvon. What I do know is there is no right way to explain a grown man gunning down an unarmed teenager in ANY, I mean ANY, situation. Trayvon did not hold a firearm that night. Speculation and eyewitness reports suggest that he physically attacked Zimmerman. Is this man unable to “defend” himself in the same manner without deadly force if this was actually the situation at hand? We all know or heard of teenagers that practice criminal behavior or are convicted juvenile delinquents. They are the gang bangers and extremely violent teens that consistently utilize weapons upon weapons from their arsenal of deadly force. These people are just as we call them, race unknown…as criminals. Criminals come in all colors, size, gender, and age. I am speaking about Trayvon, not the criminals here, and the so called angsty teens who on average may be moody, expressive, bratty, or immature. I have two teenagers, and they definitely flaunt these behaviors throughout their adolescence. It is also known that some teens will “fight” to cope with a bad situation or to defend themselves. So here’s the deal…if a teen gets angsty and puts his hands on another human being, that opens the door to shoot and kill? Of course not. In an argument or altercation, adults can’t just shoot each other, kids can’t shoot each other, and certainly adults can’t shoot kids either without expecting the consequences! It’s called murder anyway you spin it. This is where I think the main shock and awe stems from…that night Zimmerman walked back home and laid in his bed, a free man without question while Trayvon was wheeled away to the medical examiner’s office.
The debate concerning racial profiling is sad because the act of racial profiling 100% exists. True here in this situation?…I would say most likely. True in our nation?…you bet! It is a shame and a travesty that people continue to discriminate with such forceable hate. The irony is the public, in general, is the worst example for our people. We talk about how wrong it is to hate and discriminate, but then we have reports, blogs, interviews, books, magazines, the Internet, and people telling us how we SHOULD in fact judge one another. It’s everywhere…
The Hoodie Whodunit?
Rational Racial Profiling?
Survival by way of Profiling?
Shaming One Race to ‘Help’ Another?
The buck stops with us people. If we don’t change our thoughts towards one another, we are responsible as well. Trayvon didn’t need to die that night. Taryvon didn’t need to be persecuted for his attire. Trayvon is just like any other teen and adult in this world, worthy of a future.
I pray for justice. I pray for our great nation…sigh.
To recap, a timeline of events for those not familiar with the Trayvon Martin case:
The slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, a Florida high school student who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a self-appointed neighborhood watch captain, has captured national attention. Petitions calling for justice for Martin have exploded, amid allegations of racism and calls for more scrutiny…
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