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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Trayvon Martin Killing: Racially-Motivated Murder or Act of Self-Defense?

Trayvon Martin was an unarmed African American 17 year old boy who was shot dead in a gated FL community by an armed Caucasian 28 year old neighborhood watch captain. Martin and his father were visiting someone in the community. He was just returning from a trip to a convenience store and had a bag of Skittles and a can of ice tea when he encountered George Zimmerman. Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime. Zimmerman claims Martin looked "real suspicious". Was he "suspicious" because he was Black? He was just a typical kid buying junk food. Let's hope that justice prevails. The right to bear arms does not include the right to preemptively kill somebody because you think they might be a threat.
The killing of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin has touched off a fierce debate over race, violence, and equal treatment under the law. Here are the details: On February 26, Trayvon was visiting a house with his father in a gated townhouse community in Sanford, Florida (outside Orlando). Trayvon left the house and walked to the local 7-Eleven. On his way back, George Zimmerman, a white 28-year-old neighborhood watch captain, called the police because the boy looked “real suspicious,” according to a 911 call released late Friday. Even though the operator told Zimmerman not to pursue Trayvon, he did anyway, getting out of his car and confronting the boy.
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