I was intrigued while reading "Trayvon Martin, Unarmed and Innocent" by Anthony Turner. I found this article very informing and helpful. I found out a lot of things I didn't know, and I felt sympathy towards Trayvon Martin and his family.
I'm learning more about the recent killing of Trayvon and what I'm wondering is exactly what Anthony Turner talks about and points out in his article. This article sparked my attention mainly because of the title and the situation that occurred, being that a young black male, who had his whole life ahead of him lost his life, and the man who did it is still on the streets. Those happen to be the sad facts, which is why so many people and family members are enraged about the killing.
In this article Anthony Turner makes a lot of points that actually make sense unlike George Zimmerman. He states “As a young black male myself, I sometimes get the sense that other people judge me on my appearance." This quote I chose here is basically saying that being a young black male is not easy or fair especially when people are prejudiced and use racial profiles on others.
I think this is a great quote because it's so true, and being an African-American myself, I can relate as well. I feel like sometimes when people see my race, they act like I'm about to rob them or hurt them for no reason and their prejudice makes them intimidate themselves.
Another sentence that Turner wrote that stood out for me is: “Looking suspicious in someones eyes shouldn't give that person the right to put hands on you or shoot you in the chest.” This sentence is so true. There should be no reason to put your hands on someone or shoot anyone because they look intimidating or suspicious, especially if they're not doing anything to you. There is no way to justify something like that, and there should be no law that tries to or does.
The last sentence I liked was where Turner said, “Even if you are feeling threatened, it seems ridiculous to follow the person who is scaring you.” This stood out for me because it's so true. Why would you follow someone who is “scaring” you unless you have intentions are on harming them? It just doesn't sound logical.
I very much agree with Anthony Turner and his above quotes. The reason I say this is because he addresses a lot of the questions and comments that I previously had. He also does it in an honest respectable manner. What I appreciate about Turner's work is the honesty, the facts, the truth, and his ambition.
Schulten, K. 2012. On Trayvon Martin: A Guest Post From a Teenager, and Some Teaching Suggestions. The New York Times, [online] 26 March. Available at: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/on-trayvon-martin-a-guest-p... [Accessed 26 March 2012].
This essay was posted as a comment on the NY Times Learning Blog: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/on-trayvon-martin-a-guest-p...