By now many of you have more than likely heard about the shooting of the black unarmed teenager by the name of Treyvon Martin. He was walking back to his father’s girlfriends house after buying a tea and some Skittles at the store, when a self appointed neighborhood watchman chased him down and eventually shot and killed him. Claiming self defense, the shooter George Zimmerman, has not been arrested due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. There are many questions in the minds of people as to why Zimmerman has not been arrested and the very questionable acts of the Sanford, FL police department. Since all of this has happened, there have been rallies where thousands have attended calling for justice for Treyvon Martin with the arrest of George Zimmerman. The police chief, Bill Lee, has also stepped down. Most do not think that is enough, he should actually be fired. To the masses of all races, the senseless killing of Treyvon is a classic case of racial profiling. If Treyvon had he been a young white male, he would probably still be alive today.
My intent on writing this post is not to recount the tragic events of the killing of Treyvon. My motivation for this post is the response to a comment I received on my personal Facebook timeline after posting these words: “ This whole Treyvon Martin thing has me all messed up in the head. Will someone please explain to me how a young man is dead for no reason, police know who did it and no arrest has been made? Sad…so sad…” Many of my friends who commented felt the same way I did but I was surprised by one. Here is part of what was said:
Them: ”You should be careful not to draw conclusions or assumptions on what the media has presented you. They have their own agenda and goals.”
Me: “All I know is an unarmed young boy is dead and no arrest has been made. That is all I need to know.”
Them: ”Young men die every single day and the media doesn’t splash it across every television screen. The only difference here is that the shooter is a middle aged white guy rather than someone less attractive to sensationalizing.”
Me: I am not going to argue or debate this issue with you (name omitted). I have my opinion and you have yours. The shooter is Hispanic by the way. » Read more..