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
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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