One year ago, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin because he thought the young man looked suspicious.And one year later, what happened that night in Sanford, Florida still outrages us.
In a culture that inundates us with images of Black men as violent — not to be trusted, inherently criminal — we are continually reminded that something as simple as walking home from the corner store can draw unwanted attention that puts our very lives in danger. Black Americans face racial animosity every day, and far too often that animosity turns violent.
Today as we mourn, we must also acknowledge that if it weren’t for the hundreds of thousands of you who spoke up to demand basic dignity and justice, Trayvon Martin’s case would have been ignored — and George Zimmerman would have gone free.
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- Trayvon’s parents: ‘Let the jury decide’ (cnn.com)
- Trayvon Martin’s parents continue fight (wyff4.com)
- Trayvon Martin’s mother: ‘You can’t justify it’ – Washington Post (blog) (washingtonpost.com)
- march thirty one: #TrayvonMartin, One Year Later (marchthirtyone.wordpress.com)