Disclaimer: This post is nothing but an unbiased yet unconventional take into the shooting of Trayvon Martin. I'll be frank: I don't really care about the Trayvon Martin case. Despite the unfortunate death of a seventeen year-old, it's safe to say that the verdict won't affect most people. For whatever reason, however, people are infuriated, which begs the question why. If we wanted to find a reason to call America's justice system a failure, this wasn't the scenario to find whimsical blame because this isn't the first time justice in America has failed to live up to expectations. People too often bring race into the equation but that only undermines the entire point of even having a trial: to properly assess the murder of Trayvon. It's rather surprising that society has sided with a young person, especially when it's readily assumed that the adult is always right. But people swear that the evidence overwhelmingly supports that Trayvon is innocent. Everyone promises that the things they hear in the media points to a surely guilty George Zimmerman. That is, until, someone points out that all anyone's been listening to is the media, something most people are quick to dismiss when they hear negative gossip about their favorite celebrity. I think, then, it's fair to question the validity of what's been reported versus what's been presented as evidence to court.
It's clear that the thing most people are concerned with is the supposed prevalence of racism in the case. But it's difficult to even call Zimmerman a racist because there wouldn't be a case under constant surveillance had Zimmerman been black. If the general public took away the idea of racism behind the situation, this would simply be another statistic. And it's disrespectful. It's disrespectful to the African-Americans in Chicago, Detroit, and Compton who go unnoticed only because they were shot by another black person. Beyond that, I think what most people mean when they call someone "racist" is the sense of uneasiness when encountering someone from a certain racial background, which is something seemingly unacceptable by society. At the same time, however, there also has to be an acknowledgement that there is reasoning behind this. It's a single truth fact that almost 40% of all prison inmates are black. While white people still hold the number one place, at around 60%, people need to consider that the overall population of America is 72% white and only 13% black. And society doesn't make it any matter, as the black people continue playing the gangsters in movies and white people play the lawyers. This starts with, honestly, black people themselves. I understand why the black community is furious but there has to be a movement within that group, as harsh as it may sound, to help change everyone's perspectives slowly. (Stephen A Smith explains it better here. He talks about black athletes but the idea is similar). I don't think Trayvon would've gotten shot had he been Asian or White. But can you really blame Zimmerman for being scared after seeing a susceptible person, wearing a hoodie, walking around in the rain, after a streak of break-ins in his neighborhood? Trayvon's death is untimely and ultimately sad but the one thing people have to realize is that these murders happen everyday. Sure the whole story seems suspect and maybe Zimmerman shouldn't have been so reckless with his gun but, in the end, questionable things happening on earth shouldn't be all that surprising anymore.
I guess I just don't see why this case is such a big deal. Life is scared, for sure, but there's little merit in debating something so fleeting and sadly common in this broken world. Part of me wants to say "we all need Jesus" but we all know the debate that would start. For what it's worth, I don't mean to disrespect Trayvon but there are many things to take into consideration with this case. There will always be a majority in a sensitive topic such as this one but Twelve Angry Men became a famous teleplay for a reason. Murdering Zimmerman won't bring Trayvon back and idling by on Facebook, posting statuses and changing profile pictures, probably help less. For that, I'm guilty too. Shoot me.