The Trouble with the Trayvon Martin Decision

The justice system is stacked against people of color.  The jury put the victim on trial, rather than examine what's wrong with our society when a person is so scared of a 17 year old kid, minding his own business, that not only is he suspicious that the kid is up to no good, but he feels the need to follow and hunt him down, against the wishes of the police.
Obviously the murderer had motives.  I think he understood the stand your ground law, he had a gun, and he wanted to use it.  He saw his chance when he saw a suspicious person in his neighborhood.  The trouble is, he was only suspicious because he was black.  That's the trouble with people who carry guns.  There is no need to carry them unless you intend to use them.  People who hunt carry guns...when they are hunting.  They don't carry them out on the public streets, or into public buildings, or anywhere where they are not needed.

We have to stop the vigilantism in this country.  We have to put away the guns.  We have to accept our differences and stop being afraid of things we don't understand.

While the murderer of Trayvon got off without even so much as a fine,  Marissa Alexander, a battered victim of domestic violence, who fired a warning shot to stop her abuser for harming her, hurting no one, got a sentence of 20 years.  Twenty years!  ....for putting a hole in the ceiling.  The Stand Your Ground law didn't work for her.  Of course, Marissa was black... and a woman.  Double jeopardy!  Let's never think that our justice system serves people of color as equitably as it serves white people.  It is disgraceful how deep rooted our racism is.

A Recent Daily Show segment, Jon Oliver really brings home the shock and dismay of the situation.  While this really isn't time for Comedy, I think that Jon treads the line of sarcasm, satire, and disgust with the skill of a surgeon.  It's too bad the jury couldn't have done the same thing.



Another video on You Tube I am Trayvon Martin.


On a historical note, I recommend you watch the closing statements Atticus Finch makes to the jury at the end of the film, To Kill a Mockingbird.  Made in 1962, the film is based on the book by Harper Lee in which an innocent black man is accused of Rape, just because he's black.  As relevant today as they were 50 years ago.  I am embarrassed that we have learned nothing in the past 50 years.  Hopefully, this will bring about a much needed dialogue in this country about our inherent racism, and how it is built into our system.



Also, watch President Obama call for that open and honest dialogue in his speech about his feelings on the Trayvon Martin decision.





Links

Medical Students at Howard University collectively make their point clear.


Image Credits
http://www.studiosystemnews.com/4-great-movies-to-light-up-your-fourth/to-kill-a-mockingbird-movie-poster/
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/blog/the_hoodie_threat.php

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