Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Day 81: Demanded Justice For Trayvon
I am sure by now you have heard the story of Trayvon Martin. For those who haven't, Trayvon Martin was a 17 year old boy who was murdered (and yes I will use the word murdered) in Sanford, Florida for being in the wrong place at the wrong time in front of the wrong person. I guess it is wrong of me to say the wrong place at the wrong time because he was simply walking to a convenience store nearby his father and step-mothers house. He had every right to be there. It isn't wrong of me to say that he was in front of the wrong person however. George Zimmerman, the self appointed head of the neighborhood watch, saw Trayvon, armed with nothing more than Skittles, iced tea and a thin 140 lb frame, and due to his own racism and stereotyping deemed him to be a threat. George, who isn't a police officer and was also told by 911 to stand down, took it upon himself to eliminate that "threat." Based on the evidence piling up, it seems that George decided he would get the jump on Trayvon, attacked him, and then shot him to death when Trayvon was simply trying to get away. To me, this seems like an open and shut case. However, for some reason, the "leadership" and police department of Sanford don't see it that way. They don't see the need to charge George Zimmerman with even the slightest of crimes. So for today's random act of kindness I am signing a petition that will demand justice for Trayvon Martin and hopefully save future innocent people from the shoot first, ask questions later process. Sorry to come off as somewhat aggressive with this post, but I simply cannot understand how this is happening. I just can't fathom that I live in a world where an innocent person can be murdered and there are no repercussions for the person who pulled the trigger when there is so much evidence stacked against them.