To say that the Trayvon Martin case has controversy surrounding it would be a major understatement. I, like most Americans, believe it is a tragedy.
I am truly saddened that in the year 2012, there still has to be racism attached to a case such as this one. I would like to point out there is a huge difference between being a racist and being prejudiced. The definition of racism literally means to believe that one race is superior to another, while prejudiced is a word used to prejudge someone. Unfortunately wearing a hoodie with the hood up has become the trademark of gang members/criminals. I have seen signs in convenience stores that prohibit anyone from entering the store with this look. It is not specific towards any race.
Please understand I am in no way implying that anyone walking down the street with their hood up on a hoodie is a criminal. I am not saying that Mr. Zimmerman had or did not have the right to shoot this young man. I was not there so I will never know the accurate version.
I also have to question if this story be receiving as much attention if the racial roles were reversed? I wonder if the majority of Americans are aware of the case involving the two young British men that were killed in cold blood in Florida, James Cooper and James Kouzaris. They were murdered by a 17 year old who referred to them as “crackers” and viciously ignored them when they begged to be allowed to go home. President Obama has not made an attempt to contact their parents after they have tried repeatedly to reach out to the White House.
Please let us keep our wits about this, and let the judicial system handle it.