Nearly a month ago and still no arrest:
I as well as many Americans and others around the world, have been following the news reports of the killing of 17 year old Florida resident Trayvan Martin, by a neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
Though the Sanford police department did not agree that the shooting death of an unarmed teen was anything other than self defense, the mounting evidence clearly suggests that this incident should be labeled a homicide and possible hate crime.
There has been such an outcry for justice as has not been seen for quite some time in regards to this tragedy and those of similar comparison. This particular incident has sparked mass marches of support and public outrage in cities from New York to Los Angeles. Many people around the world have also weighed in, with heartfelt condolences for Trayvan’s family and harsh criticisms of the assumed legal mishandling and other issues
surrounding this incident. Many have expressed pride that this teen’s parents have refused to allow their son’s death to go unjustified and unpunished. People of all ethnic groups have voiced their opinions on Youtube, Twitter and other social networking outlets as well. On Facebook poets and writers are posting odes and short commentaries in memory of Trayvan, in hopes of inspiring others to join in the fight for justice for this young black male that seemingly had such a bright future ahead of him.
There have been a few allegations to the affect of “the good ole boy network” is still at work in the Sanford Florida gated community where young Mr. Martin was brutally killed. Many point to the fact that in the least the Sanford police chief and the officers who arrived at the scene, should have investigated Mr. Zimmerman more thoroughly rather than take his word at face value.
Due to this horrendous killing of a child that many feel reeks of racist undertones, parents of young black males in particular are quoted as being extremely afraid for their son’s lives; noting that they recognize and accept that racism is still very alive in America. Many believe the election of a black president or no, racism has not died nor has it dwindled and as such, believe this incident will undoubtedly illuminate that fact.
Will justice prevail? Only time will tell. Will race-relations ever change in America? My personal opinion; though I’m an optimist I believe no.