While I am not a citizen of America and I didn’t grow up here, I live here now and what I see frightens me for the future of society in this country on so many social levels.
The verdict came down on the Trayvon Martin case last night after 18 hours of deliberation, I didn’t watch the case, I only saw snippets. I only know what the media wants me to know. The only people who really know the truth are George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, but Trayvon’s dead, his life snuffed out by an over zealous neighbourhood watchman. Or was Trayvon an enraged teen and Zimmerman acted in self defense.We’ll never know. George Zimmerman will live out his life and he only he can know the truth of that night. But why did he not heed the advice of the 911 operator to wait for police, why did he think Trayvon was a threat in the first place. We live in a world unfortunately where if you act a certain way, look a certain way then you are a threat, even if you’re not. The idea of shoot first ask questions later is scary. Citizens being armed is scary. You can’t make rational decisions in a split second of life or death. This boy, and he was a boy, lost his life because he went to buy some candy and a drink in the dark in an unfamiliar neighbourhood. He could have been anyone. George Zimmerman did what he thought was right, did he act with a jaded view of young black men? Was he racial profiling, would he have done the same if Trayvon was white or Latino? We will never know and while advocates insist this is not a race case and he was found not guilty from lack of evidence, the facts are a young black man is dead because he was walking alone with his hood up in a neighbourhood where he was not known and was assumed to be a threat.
The law is complicated and flawed. It can be manipulated to serve a purpose and doesn’t always follow a moral code. How does Zimmerman get off and a black woman gets 20 yrs for firing a gun in the air to warn an abusive husband, who already had a history of violence against her? How do the police get acquitted for killing Sean Bell in New York? How do they get away with beating Rodney King in LA? Why are these men being targeted? Why does being black automatically put you on the wrong side of the law?
This case, while supposedly not about race, is so very much about it. Hundreds of people a day are murdered by guns, that doesn’t make International news.It doesn’t even make national news. Why this case? Would he have been acquitted if the races were reversed? If Zimmerman was black and Trayvon latino? Would it have happened in the first place? Again we’ll never know. And while the law says he is innocent until proven guilty and if there’s reasonable doubt about it he must go free.
The facts remain that Trayvon is still dead and Zimmerman still did it. Is that really justice? I think not.
The worst part… every black mother worries a little more for their sons tonight, every wife and girlfriend of a black man worries a little more for their husbands and every white person fears retaliation a little more which worsens race relations.
In a land where all men a created equal, equal is still defined by the colour of your skin.
America has regressed tonight and for that NOBODY wins.