17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead in February 2012, in Florida in the US. Hye was allegedly shot dead by a Security Guard as he took a short cut across a gated residential community area.
George Zimmerman is said to have thought that Trayon looked suspicious. When Zimmerman approached Trayvon the young man ran and Mr Zimmerman gave chase. Much of the incident was recorded as Zimmerman spoke to police on his phone.
Advised not to give chase George for whatever reason ignored the advice. Trayvon was shot dead in suspicious circumstances. A loophole in Florida law seemed to mean that Zimmerman would face no criminal charges and no investigation into the incident.
That is set to change.
it seems unbelievable that as yet this case has not been reviewed or investigated. As public interest in the case has grown many people around the world have offered support. Rallies have taken place and the family have publicly said how the current public reaction has supported them.
Many of the rallies and gestures of support have involved people wearing hoodies. As a young black man wearing a "hoodie" it seems that Trayvon was deemed undesirable. Yet this is the regular mode of dress these days for teenagers in the West. It is even the dress of older people at times.
Yesterday March 23, 2012, US President Obama weighed into the argument. In a moving speech he remarked how if he had a son he would probably look like Trayvon. The President said that the US needed to do some soul searching as far as its gun culture goes. Whilst for some Obama's words will seem more electioneering he appeared genuinely moved. Let's face it he would have been damned either way.
Others have joined in the demand for justice for Trayvon. Miami Heat stars showed support for the family of Trayvon. Hampton University students rallied in support. Users of Facebook and Twitter have ensured that the name Trayvon Martin stays in hearts and minds. That is until justice is finally served.
Today March 24, 2012 CBS News reported that the case of Trayvon Martin has now become a cause. If that is what it takes so be it. Once you read the details of this case it would be impossible not to be moved. Not to hear warning bells. Whilst George Zimmerman must not face trial by media the family of Trayvon deserve justice. The loss of their son will be terrible to bear but without justice their pain will never end.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog