Food for Thought #7 – Trayvon Martin

Yesterday marked Trayvon Martin’s 25th birthday. For my readers who are not literate on who Trayvon Martin is, he was a 17-year-old African American teenager from Miami, Florida, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. On the night of his murder, Trayvon was walking home from a convenience store after purchasing some skittles and a Snapple.

On his way home, Zimmerman who at the time was a part of a community watch, felt threated describing Trayvon as suspicious. The situation escalated and Zimmerman engaged with Treyvon who had on a black hoodie, and shot him under the guise of Florida’s stand your ground law. Here we are 8 years later since that tragic and unnecessary killing and people still feel the anguish of Zimmerman’s actions (who by the way was acquitted for the murder), and the loss of Trayvon.

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There is always a sense of despair when someone loses their life at an early age. It shifts our focus from the day to day monotony of life to the value and importance of living period. In the case of Trayvon, everything from his death to Zimmerman’s acquittal was unjust. Who was Zimmerman to decide whether someone lives or dies, regardless of race?

I’m currently 24 and while have accomplished quite a bit in my life, I still have plenty more to do and achieve. I as a lot of us do not know the story of Trayvon’s life. I do not know his goals or aspirations; I do not know the extent of his dreams. Trayvon had his whole life ahead of him, and it was snuffed out by someone who was obviously unfit to be a part of any community watch let alone own a gun.

Martin Luther King Jr. famously wrote:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere… Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly

Let us not stop being watchmen calling out injustice. We all have a duty to confront the tyranny of oppression in whatever shape or form it may take on. To balance the scale we must unify in our efforts to challenge wrong doing and call out malicious despotism for what it is.

Power plus prejudice under scores, plots against, steals, and kills those of us with less access. We are all people at the end of the day, and we should all be allowed to live out our God given unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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