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39 of 365+1 Part Three: The Facts as We Know Them-

One: 17 year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by 28 year old George Zimmerman. Martin was black. Zimmerman is Hispanic. (I don't need to link an article, you all know about it).


Two: Martin was walking home from a store with a drink and a bag of candy. Zimmerman was driving home from a personal errand when he saw and reported a suspicious person to 911. Zimmerman was told: "We don't need you to do that." by 911 dispatcher after saying he was following the young man on foot.


Three: Zimmerman was the "Neighborhood Watch Leader". Neighborhood Watch- leaders or otherwise- have no more authority to stop people than Gomer Pyle shouting: "Citizen's arrest! Citizen's arrest!" In the same article, it is stated that Zimmerman could not have been motivated by racism because he is Hispanic. That doesn't make a person non-racist. Racists are in every culture, every race, everywhere. Being a minority doesn't negate your own racism.


Four: The "Stand Your Ground" law they are hiding behind states that you can use force to protect yourself or your family/property from harm. Zimmerman left his vehicle to follow Martin on the street after being told not to by a 911 operator. Another article discussing the law, focusing on the police chief's stepping down.


Five: Zimmerman allegedly had grass stains on his back and signs of a struggle. Apparently, after stalking a teenager down the street, the teenager became suspicious and confronted the stranger.


‎"When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids," - President Obama. He is not the only one. I'm white. My kids are white. We'll never know what its like to be black or Hispanic or any other race. But my son has walked in our neighborhood at night, wearing a hoodie. He's gone down the street to a store to buy a drink or candy. Before he had a car, walking was how he got places. To think that an overzealous person with a power complex would consider him a threat and shoot him- it is mind-boggling. We have had robberies in our own neighborhood, but it doesn't make me suspicious of every single person skulking down the street after dark.


I cannot imagine the hell that Trayvon Martin's parents are going through. And to have justice denied because of a misinterpretation of a law.


The Trayvon Martin Project on Flickr

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Taken on March 23, 2012