A Cry for Justice

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, was walking back from the store when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.  Trayvon was a good natured kid, eager to crack jokes and always in high spirits.  Trayvon’s killer, Zimmerman, claims that he acted as he did in self defense.  All Trayvon was carrying was a bag of skittles.  Bad enough that this young man was killed merely for looking suspicious, Zimmerman remains uncharged.  In Sanford Florida where the incident occurred, relations between the police force and African-American residents have been tense for a while.  Residents have complained about past instances of failed communication efforts as well as lack of urgency when they report to the police. Trayvon’s parents created an online petition to get the attention of Florida’s District Attorney to bring about an investigation.  Over the past few weeks this petition and Trayvon’s story has been circulation through social media sites such as Facebook like wildfire.  So far, the petition has gained nearly 2,000,000 signatures.  Without the coverage of these sites, this tragic story would have still been highly publicized and debated nationwide, but would there have been such a powerful and swift response in support of justice?  I think not.  I encourage all readers of the blog to take a stand and sign the petition for justice.  Click here to sign.






Filed under Arlo, Social Media Movements

2 responses to “A Cry for Justice

  1. The Trayvon Martin murder was a very sad incident. Your blog benefits from the attention that you have given to this current event because it shows that social stigmatization still needs some attention. The University of Michigan had a candle light vigil for Trayvon Martin. You may want to consider adding some of the things that the community is doing to call attention to the need for social change.

  2. Pingback: Fired for Teaching about Trayvon: Re-Hire Brooke Harris at Pontiac Academy for Excellence « The ObamaCrat.Com™

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