What Makes Trayvon Martin Different?

By Jeramie L Bizzle     @jeramiebizzle87

It has been a couple of weeks since the highly publicized shooting of a Florida youth named Trayvon Martin. The seventeen year old was gunned down by a neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims that the teen attacked him and what he fired shots to defend himself. Although this is a tragic event for the family and for many who heard about it, the media attention that it has gotten over the past weeks has seemed to encourage racial barriers amongst people.

Let’s face facts, the cards that have been played out through the case is an everyday occurrence. What makes this story different is that you have Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson making it more of an event rather than a rally for justice. Kids like Trayvon are murdered everyday (to make it worse by their own race) and all that gets is a shrug of the shoulders, but since it was an opposite race it got people jumping out of their bodies.

The case is still fresh and justice will be served eventually, but why should it take tragedies like this to hit Facebook and the news for it to become a big deal. In the course of the few weeks, he has gotten more media blitz than your typical murder case. Facts also showed that he was suspended for having marijuana bags and residue, as most families would say he was a good boy but this shows that he had his bad boy ways as well.

As reported by MSNBC, a witness told the police he saw martin hitting Zimmerman resulting in is bloody nose. Don’t get me wrong, no child should be murdered for any reasons other than if let’s say Martin had a gun of his own. But no matter how many witnesses step forward, no one would know the truthful occurrence of the incident except Martin and Zimmerman, and with one gone, that just leaves a one sided detail, meaning the investigation will be a bit longer than expected.

This is a shot heard around the world indeed, let’s hope that we pay attention to others who suffer from these tragedies and not make this the one that got picked out of the hat. Hate to say if Zimmerman gets jailed and get the maximum, yes people will celebrate and be thankful for the justice provided at the time being. But truth be told, months afterward, no one will talk about it again, look at Casey Anthony.

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