Trayvon Martin

On March 20, 2012, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

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It is difficult to understand why a 17-year-old was shot and killed three weeks ago and no one has been charged.

It is my hope the parents of Trayvon Martin receive some answers about what happened to their son. The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have launched investigations, according to The Miami Herald.

George Zimmerman, 28 and a neighborhood watch volunteer, called 911 and reported a suspicious teen. I listened to the call and it sounds like Trayvon may have gotten confused. Zimmerman said the young man was staring at houses. I think he was trying to figure out where he had been. Way too many of the homes in Florida look alike.

One of the stories I read said Trayvon was visiting the neighborhood where his father lived. He may have gotten turned around, saw a man talking on his cell phone in a car, and attempted to ask for directions. The only problem was the man thought the teen was trouble and started chasing him. How very sad.

 
  • taliba

    I like your response to my question Laura. I think it’s the right answer; but it’s still disheartening. I also liked Julie’s reference to sometime’s meditating on things. I’ve had to do that lately so that my anger doesn’t seethe out concerning the Trayvon case; and affect the children of all races that I work with. The issues Blanc2 mentioned concerning how Zimmerman stereotyped Trayvon and the resulting tragedy have made me so angry; and I almost feel as if this is another Emmett Till case; I wasn’t born for that one but it must have felt something like this. I just really thought my country was further along, racially, than this.

  • Laura M.

    In answer to Taliba’s question, I do think a disservice is done when we leave our kids unprepared. I would answer the same way if you were asking about preparing girls to grow up in a world where sexual assault is so common, which is not the same but sure is similar.
    It’s tough to walk a line between the two extremes of sheltering and instilling fear. But somewhere in the middle is the truth and kids deserve to be able to talk to us about it and to be as prepared as they can be.

  • Blanc2

    Objective reality: a teenage boy, not on drugs nor drunk nor armed nor engaged in criminal activity, ambling home after buying his little brother a pack of Skittles, taking his time so he could enjoy an uninterrupted phone call with his girlfriend.

    Zimmerman reality (as quoted from his 911 call): “There’s a real suspicious guy … looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something … he’s got his hand in his waistband, and he’s a black male … something’s wrong with him, yup, he’s got something in his hands, I don’t know what it is … f*cking c**ns.”

  • http://www.ecotools.com/our-blog/feed/ jesslyn hall

    It’s very tragic for someone innocent to be put in that kind of trouble,remember that you must not put wrong judgment on people.

  • Julie

    Every article or blog I read about how this child lost his life knocks the wind out of me. Doesn’t help that my 18 year old brother-in-law shares his name.
    Once I finally remember to breath I am filled with anger and anguish. Honestly, like you so accurately described in another post about violence, I find myself taking it to the chalkboard… “I will not be afraid to have a son. I will not be afraid to have a son. I will not be afraid to have a son” Taliba presented a great question that I feel the need to meditate on.

  • taliba

    It’s even worse than this young man being confused. Trayvon was afraid (we now know because he was talking to a girlfriend on his cell). HE thought the man was following him and didn’t know why. When I was young my mother warned my brothers about BEING while Black. They would have assumed that the man thought they were suspicious for some reason even though they were totally innocent. Thus, they may have called their father; told their girlfriend to; or told the guy “I live here”. Tryavon was trying to get in out of the rain as he walked towards his Dad’s home so he kept stopping to get cover according to his friend. This, added to him being Black and wearing a hoodie, made Zimmerman think he was suspicious, drugged, and one of those “assh— who always gets away.” Zimmerman who is 28, and over 200 lbs (Trayvon was 17 and not more than 140 lbs); bought a gun to a Skittles fight.

    But here’s my question: do we disservice our kids nowadays by leaving them unprepared (particularly when they don’t live in “the ghetto”), by not telling them about how they are perceived in the world? Trayvon probably never saw this coming because he was like many suburban minority kids; unaware that’s he’s really any different than anyone else; thinking color doesn’t matter anymore.