As We Demand Justice For Trayvon Martin
His Death Reveals A Long-Frayed Racial Nerve
Linn Washington, Professor of Journalism at Temple University
Colin Goddard, shot 4 times at the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre and
Assistant Director of Federal Legislation for the Brady Campaign
to Prevent Gun Violence
The murder of 17 year old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black youth in
Sanford, Florida, who was shot by George Zimmerman, cloaked in the
reactionary “Stand Your Ground” law, is a crime against humanity and
violation of human rights. The refusal of the Sanford police department
to arrest Zimmerman, despite having evidence that he pursued Trayvon,
and aired profanity and alleged racial epithets along with the cover up
actions by the Sanford police department, sends an age old racist
message - that Black people have no rights that a white is bound to
respect. We’ll examine the demands for the arrest of Zimmerman, the
temporary stepping down of the Sanford police chief and analyze the
role of the National Rifle Association whose vision for America is
embodied in this tragic shooting, with its successful push for the
enactment of laws for carrying of concealed weapons, and the Stand
Your Ground law, which has been referred to as the Shoot to Kill law.
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