The Tragedy of Trayvon Martin
I'm sure many people have seen the recent tragedy on the news about Trayvon Martin's death. If not, he was an African American teenager who was recently gunned down in a gated community where he was visiting a parent. His killer was George Zimmerman, a white man, and it seems that there was no real reason behind his motive for shooting besides the fact that Martin was black. So is racism still a part of modern society?
My answer to the question above is yes. Now some may say no, but there is no denying that this story doesn't prove that racism is still an issue even today. There has been enormous improvement over the years, though. But John McWhorter brings up a good point. "The fashionable line is that the Sanford cops went easy on Zimmerman because Trayvon was black. Certainly, we are told, if Zimmerman were black and had killed a white kid, he would have been hauled off to jail, no questions asked." I wonder this myself. What if the races were reversed? Would Zimmerman not be at his own home right now and instead in jail cell?
This whole situation has left me distraught and I am mad at the fact that Zimmerman isn't even in jail right now. It makes me wonder about our country and how it is run. How can a man who shot a boy not be in jail? Although the situation is terrible, all we can do now is pray for Martin and his family.