Saturday, March 31, 2012

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon and his Dad
I hesitated to post anything about Trayvon's Martin's murder until all the facts were out.  However, at this point it seems like that may take a while so....

Here's basically what happened:  A 17 year black boy was shot in the chest by a man claiming self defense against the boy who was only carrying a bag of skittles and an Arizona iced tea on his way home from the store.

This latest article in the Miami Herald best sums up what we currently know...

Either way, it brings up so many issues.  Did the neighborhood watch captain need to be on patrol with a gun?  Would it have been different if Trayvon had not been a black kid, especially since they're saying recent burglaries in the are were suspected to be done by young black men?  Does the fact that Zimmerman was Hispanic mean that he could not have been racist?  Does Florida's gun law justify the killing if he claims he felt threatened?  Does the fact that Trayvon was having some trouble in school mean he deserved to be shot and killed?  Do Black parents need to reassess what conversations they need to have with their young black sons related to race in America?  Would this case have been closed and forgotten if it weren't for social media?

These are just a few of the questions, issues that arise from this tragedy.  I think the most important question of all is....WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE????

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