A tragedy in the news that took place in February is taking the country by storm. A young teen boy, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a “neighborhood watch captain.”
The story goes that Zimmerman was patrolling the neighborhood and saw Martin. He calls 911 and tells them that there is a suspicious guy (Trayvon) who is acting strange and is not from the neighborhood. He tells the operator that he is following the guy and the operator informs him not to do that. Eventually a scuffle took place and Trayvon was shot and killed by Zimmerman.
As these details were released by the media, an outrage began to pour throughout the African American community and eventually other minority groups. Al Sharpton and others quickly rose to cry foul play and play the race card as usual.
Unfortunately, people easily manipulated by the media began to jump to conclusions without knowing the facts. The ugly “R” word racism was the issue now being discussed. The racial profiling of a black male wearing a hoodie became a focal point. Many are now wearing hoodies to protest the killing and call for the arrest of Zimmerman who was not charged.
What’s even more disturbing than this frenzy is the fact that some black celebrities began offering a bounty on whoever captures Zimmerman! Movie producer Spike Lee even tweeted an address thinking it belonged to Zimmerman which in reality belongs to an elderly couple who are now being harassed.
This is just unthinkable! How can someone complain about racism and hate but put a bounty on a man’s life without knowing the facts? In this country everyone is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Moreover, the media started to show Zimmerman in prisoner’s attire which further added to the “guilty until proven innocent” frenzy that is going around. This photo was being used until recent details surfaced claiming that Trayvon attacked Zimmerman and Zimmerman shot him in self defense.
What’s interesting now is that Zimmerman claimed to have injuries from this attack but a recent video from the precinct shows Zimmerman with virtually no marks on his face or head. The plot thickens…
In any even, we all should first wait until all the facts are in before making any conclusion. None of us was there that night. We cannot assume race was a factor nor can we assume Trayvon was some gangster with a hoodie looking for trouble.
***UPDATE APRIL 6, 2013***
Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled for over $1 million dollars.