Trayvon Martin.

by katelin on March 21, 2012

A few weeks ago everyone I knew was posting and talking about KONY. Even I watched the video and tweeted it out and was awe stricken with such a beautiful video. However, an hour after I watched it I read this and instantly tweeted it as well. I realized I was a little too quick to share something without the facts. Nonetheless the video, the campaign took off like wildfire despite such iffy behavior.

Add to that, the crazy naked escapades of the co-creator last week and we have a full on “What Just Happened Here.”  I mean yes Joseph Kony is a bad guy and it’s awesome that so many people know about him now but what now?

Fast forward to yesterday. I was watching The Today Show and one of the headlines was about a young boy, Trayvon Martin, who had been shot in Florida three weeks ago. THREE WEEKS AGO. And this story is finally making the rounds. Haven’t heard about him?  You’re not alone. Here’s a shortened version of his sad story  (via Think Progress):

On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man.* Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.

Now that is just the basics of the sad story, but go here for the full rundown of what happened and what is currently happening

I’ll wait.

Now let that truly sink in. And try not to be completely sickened or near tears like I was, it’s basically impossible. There are just so many things wrong with this story and our reaction to it I can’t stand it.

One. It’s wrong that Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested. I know we don’t have all of the facts in this story, but there is enough to show that this man should be in prison awaiting trial.

Two. It’s wrong  that it took the pressure of social media for this incident to be properly investigated.

Three. It’s wrong that it took THREE WEEKS for social media to get wind of this story whereas the KONY phenomenon caught on like wildfire within days of its first posting.

I honestly don’t remember the last time I was so frustrated and upset over something I have absolutely no control over. So this is why I’m writing it out. I’m writing it out so that more people will know this story, I’m writing because stories and incidents like these have no place in modern America, I’m writing this because I have a brother his age, I’m writing this because Trayvon Martin did not deserve to die and his family does not deserve the pain I can only imagine they are feeling now.

Nothing in this situation is right and I can only hope that justice for Trayvon and his family comes and that it comes soon.


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  • I just heard about it the other day too. Horrible, horrible act and horrible delay of justice. The good news is, a grand jury is starting to investigate and the U.S. Justice Dept. is getting involved, so I think justice will inevitably be served. It’s just a tremendous shame that the family has been subjected to this.

  • If it helps at all, it’s been on the news and such down in ATL for a while, probably because it’s so close regionally. Doesn’t change the fact that we tend to not pay attention to this kind of stuff if there’s no shiny youtube video campaign that accompanies it.

    I’ve been reading about a lot of the legal stuff as to why Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested, and Florida has some interesting laws about self-defense on private property and protecting your home and stuff. They definitely don’t apply to unarmed children though, so I’m hoping now that the FBI is involved the Martin family will get justice. This Zimmerman guy is a super shady character with a history of this kind of behavior. Really really sad.

  • K – thanks for posting about this. I’ve been following it on ThinkProgress too, and it’s just ridiculous and sad and horrible.

  • This breaks my damn heart. All of it, the fact that it happened, the fact that it’s racial, and the fact that it has been largely ignored. I’ve always felt that Americans are so eager to fix injustice abroad but they don’t realize it’s happening in our backyard, too.

    I’m so happy to see your post on it, and I hope others do the same.

  • Just wanted to let you know there are people living life backwards. I still don’t understand what Kony is or who it is, but I’ve been aware of the Trayvon tragedy since it happened, and it’s not because I used to live in Florida (I lived far from where this happened), have read about it daily, and have already signed the petition for Zimmerman to be arrested. Once again, someone (Zimmerman) is making me embarrassed to be white.

  • San

    I still can’t wrap my head around this stupid “Stand your ground” law. I mean, if someone acts in self-defense, (which this CLEARLY wasn’t), aren’t there laws in place that already cover that?
    How is it self-defense when you’re shooting someone who wasn’t armed, didn’t even have a gun (and when it’s someone 100lbs lighter than you?)
    Isn’t it normal to just use your fists to defend yourself, before you point a loaded gun at someone who isn’t armed? This whole story is just so beyond me and there is no plausible reason – regardless which way you look at this story – that Zimmerman is not in custody right now.

  • San

    Oops. meant to say “didn’t even have a knife or any other kind of weapon-like item”.

  • Katelin, thanks for sharing Trayvon’s tragic story. I blogged about him this morning. In speaking to friends yesterday, none of us ever considered that being mothers to young black men meant we had given life to a gravely endangered species. I cannot imagine his mother’s sadness.
    Peace and good to us all.

  • I agree with you and San – there is no reason that Zimmerman is not in custody at this point! SO SAD.

  • I’m so glad you shared this. I’ve been following the horrific story for a couple weeks and I totally agree at how outrageous it is that it has largely been ignored until now. The fact of the matter is an unarmed child was gunned down and the justice system isn’t working. There are so many things wrong with this scenario and all of them make me want to punch a wall, flip a desk and cry at the same time.

  • reading this post gave me goosebumps. I’ll confess, I hadn’t heard about it until you shared it via Twitter yesterday. And I do watch the news and listen to the radio. I’m many states away from Florida but doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t know about it. Just such a tragedy. I don’t understand why we can’t have a better sense of justice in our society, and more focus on the important things, and not just the fluff pieces on the news.

    Thanks for posting this. xo

  • Wow.

    I’ll admit. I had heard of this story but never took the time to read up on it. It’s sickening. Like you, I was tearing up while reading it. A senseless killing and even worse is the response of the police to what he did. So incredibly sad.

  • Nic

    Thank you for this post…I just found out about this on Saturday, which is shameful. There are no words for how Trayvon’s story makes me feel, I believe the FBI is now investigating the matter, so let’s hope Zimmerman is brought to justice soon.

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  • That it took three weeks to hit the mainstream media pisses me off too. And that it took the police over 24 hours to tell Trayvon’s family. If Trayvon were white he would have received media attention instantly. All of this is just so upsetting.

  • I’ve heard bits and pieces of Travyon’s story from the more “urban” radio stations in the previous weeks but as the mainstream media slowly picked it up, more horrific details emerged. After reading and watching story after story this week, I kind of went into an EMOTIONAL TAILSPIN. all I can think about is my thirteen year old male cousin (who I think of more as a nephew) in this situation and it breaks me every time.

  • The whole situation just makes me so sick and so sad. If the tables had been turned? If a black man had killed a white youth, I’m betting he’d have been in jail just minutes after the crime. It’s a travesty. It’s proof that we’re no where near the post-racial society some people claim we’re living in. And it’s so, so, so sad that stories like this take so long to catch on and that Trayvon isn’t with us anymore. It’s awful.

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