The Real Issues In The Trayvon Martin Verdict:
The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has caused an uproar on social media and within the African-American community. Actors, rappers, academia and politicians alike have been spotted with Trayvon’s mother and last week President Obama weighed in. While it’s obvious many people expected George Zimmerman to go to jail and not get off scot free, Zimmerman beat the rap and was not found guilty of any charges. The verdict makes Florida seem like an unusual place similar laws can get others off who take the law into their own hands in dozens of U.S. states.
A friend asked me, “If Trayvon would have shot him, he would have gone to jail…..” Perhaps, but if a 911 call was made and it was clear he was being followed, that might have added a bit of complexity to the case.
Trayvon Martin had a right to stand his ground too, he just didn’t lawfully own a gun and have it on him. He also isn’t around to tell his side of the story and it’s possible Zimmerman may have feared for his life if he was truly getting beat up by the younger, Martin. This is still no reason to shoot an unarmed man that was not causing any danger whatsoever.
The real issue isn’t how Trayvon was wearing a hood or being followed and/or his race entirely. The bigger question is how should could he still be around to tell his story, at least later after the initial confrontation has ended, without getting shot – along with other institutionalized socioeconomic issues that need to be addressed. The reactions on social media are overwhelmingly weighted toward negativity that a young life seemed needlessly lost.