Trayvon Martin…Will things ever change?

“Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a n***a, he’s a hero…I see no changes.” Changes, 2Pac

By now, everyone should be familiar with the Trayvon Martin case. He was the 17-year-old African-American boy who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watchman because he looked “suspicious.” Trayvon was simply visiting his father in Sanford, Florida, (*gasp* his father was in his life? smh) in a gated community, unarmed, carrying a pack of skittles and iced tea and oh…he was wearing a hoody.

The self-appointed watch captain, George Zimmerman, noticed Martin and called the police. Here’s a part of the 911 call:

Zimmerman: “These a**holes, they always get away…”

Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”  

 Zimmerman: “Yeah.”  

Dispatcher: “OK. We don’t need you to do that. What’s your name?”  

 Zimmerman: “George. Zimmerman.”

Soon after, one shot was fired and Martin was dead.

Another Black male killed. Another Black male killed for no reason. Another Black male killed and the cops didn’t even react.

I have some issues with this case.

Issue 1) Martin was killed on February 26th. It is now March 23, almost a month later, and Zimmerman has NOT been arrested or charged.  The only reason this case is reaching national attention is because of the public outcry. WHY do we have to protest, form marches, tweet-facebook-youtube-blog etc., about a situation before there is action?

Issue 2) Zimmerman said he felt threatened. Hmmm….how can YOU feel threatened when YOU’RE the one following someone? How can YOU feel threatened by a bag of skittles and iced tea? How can YOU feel threatened by someone half your size and unarmed? If anything, Martin was threatened…not Zimmerman. The dispatcher instructed Zimmerman NOT to follow Martin, and he did anyway. Arrest him already!

Issue 3) The ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, which is in 21 states, allows everyday citizens to use deadly force against someone else if they fear for their life.  They also say people do not have to retreat if threatened or attacked.  In recent reports it was stated that the law does not save Zimmerman because you can’t feel threatened if you’re accosting someone who you assume is imposing a “threat.” This law is iffy though. Yes, I think people should react if they’re defending their self but to KILL someone is another story. People have emotions. Things happen to people everyday. I think this law should be thrown out because right now it’s a license to kill.

Issue 4) The hoody. Zimmerman said in the police call that it was raining. Therefore, it’s not an anomaly to see someone wearing a hoody in the rain.  I am so tired of people suggesting that if you dress better you get treated better. BS.  And what’s the “proper” way to dress? Whose “norms” are we conforming to?  I don’t understand why someone can’t wear what they want and get the same respect.  There are people in business suits who could pose as a bigger threat than someone wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Issue 5) Racism. Seems  like some people have a problem claiming that race was a factor in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Let’s turn the tables. If Martin was another race and was killed by a Black man don’t you think the Black guy would be in jail by now? That’s what I thought. The public is outraged because this is NOTHING new in the Black community. The public is outraged because we are TIRED. Tired of the unfair treatment. Tired of senseless killings. Trayvon Martin represents MANY  Black males who have been victims of injustice.  This happens everyday…we just don’t hear about it everyday. What would have happened if this did not become a national story? My guess is that the killing would have been swept under the rug in that town. For the people who don’t think this is a race issue, fine. Think what you want. It is still a RIGHT or WRONG issue. And it was WRONG for Zimmerman to kill an unarmed young man.

Issue 6) Zimmerman saying, “they always get away…” Are you kidding me?! There are so many Black males in prison for a crime they did NOT commit but “they always get away”? There are so many Black males who simply walk down the street and the cops arrest/question them because they “fit the description” of someone they’re looking for…but oh, “they always get away.” BS. Sounds like Zimmerman had a problem with someone before and felt like that person “got away” so now he’s retaliating, but against someone who was completely innocent. Zimmerman took his watchman “power” to the extreme. When did watching over a neighborhood= kill someone who looks suspicious?

Issue 6) Someone recently pointed out to me that the public was all up in arms about Kony just two weeks ago. People were donating money to an organization so they could capture Kony, but here we are in America and won’t even capture someone who killed another “American.” Where’s the justice?

Issue 7) On March 22,  Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. said he was temporarily stepping aside as a result of criticism of his investigation on Trayvon’s death. What. The. Hell. Now he sounds like he’s the victim. What was he criticized for?…Because of the slow reaction to the case? Because of NO reaction to the case? Instead of bringing justice he turned away. There’s sufficient evidence that Zimmerman should be arrested.  The dispatcher told Zimmerman not to pursue Martin, but he ignored this warning.  Zimmer called 911 dozens of times in the last 15 months to report “suspicious” persons in the neighborhood.  He was told by Wendy Dorival, a local police officer who coordinates neighborhood watch programs, says that she told Zimmerman in September 2011 never to take matters into his own hands: “I said, ‘If it’s someone you don’t recognize, call us. We’ll figure it out. . . Observe from a safe location.’ There’s even a slide about not being vigilante police. I don’t know how many more times I can repeat it.” And this man is still free. What. The. Hell. Makes me wonder…Do “Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a n***a, he’s a hero”…I’m starting to think that’s the case.

Issue 8) What now? If Zimmerman gets arrested then we would have achieved justice, but only in this case. What about tomorrow? What about the next day? Next month? Next year? There’s a definite problem here and we need solutions. Parents should not fear their children walking down the street and possibly dying because of senseless shootings. How can we prevent this from happening again? What’s next?

Will things EVER change?

There’s No Justice, There’s JUST US.

What are your thoughts on this case? Any other issues you want to point out?

~Ashley Caprice

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3 responses »

  1. Weight It Out!

    I felt emotionally involved reading this, sigh! But, you posed a question… Will things ever change? Well honestly, I believe they can. The opportunity to “stand up, protest, and create a movement” ALWAYS presents itself. One group of people is not to blame. WE (All Minorities, mainly blacks), NEED TO BE CONSISTENT IN OUR EFFORTS TO CREATE CHANGE!!! In the past, our leaders DID NOT GIVE UP ON HOPE, DID NOT QUIT THE STRUGGLE, they CONSISTENLY fought to the point that it TOOK their lives! Because some of us are comfortable enough NOT to take action as aggresively, situations like these WILL CONTINUE to exist and more oftenly, unfortunately. And WHY must we wait until things get “serious”, or “out of hand” before we take some sort of action???? We also need to be PROACTIVE!!! We should be fighting (vocally) everyday until change comes. We should be teaching out children to fight as well! People only do what you allow them to. ~Pernisha G.

    P.S. Good Job

    Reply
    • Thanks. The problem is people are not willing to die for a cause. Our leaders back in the day knew they might not see the day that things would change but knew that one day a change would come. They were hopeful.

      And being proactive is what I’m hoping for. Issue 8) What’s Now? We need to prevent any future occurrences.

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