As I am writing this, the nation is undergoing a media storm of sorts involving the tragic case of Trayvon Martin. The Florida teen was on his way home from the store carrying a bag of Skittles and a bottle of iced tea when he was gunned down by a member of a neighborhood watch program; this is tragic in and of itself. However, the thing that has made this incident such a national firestorm is the fact that Trayvon was black and his attacker, George Zimmerman, is a white Hispanic.
Of course, when a situation of this caliber occurs, race becomes a central issue and that is bad because the incident should be about justice for the victim sans the racial issues. Don’t get me wrong, race may have played a part in this tragedy but I feel many of us are jumping to conclusions too soon.
My thought on the whole thing is why wasn’t the shooter arrested and held for questioning? Why did he not obey the instructions to wait until the police arrived to handle the situation? Why did he take the matter into his own hands?
The shooter (murderer?) said he acted in self-defense and I, for one, am not buying it. Mr Zimmerman is taller and heavier than his victim and I find it hard to believe that he felt threatened by a bag of candy and a bottled beverage. Something is afoot here and time, hopefully, will reveal the real answer of what went on.
Of course, Al Sharpton is going to have his say, but I think he’s getting involved for the publicity and not for genuine concern of the situation. Let me add that when Sharptongue gets involved in anything, it’s never a good situation.
I find it surprising that Mr Obama has refused to get his hands dirty in this situation, saying this was a “local issue”. I have to wonder, though, if the shooter had simply been white if his hands would continue to remain so clean. More to come, I guess.
You all have a good day and I’ll see you on the rebound.