What about Trayvon Martin?: Open forum

By Karlesha V. Hewitt

George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin

“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
Alexander Hamilton

Yes, Alexander Hamilton’s words usually ring true, but I have one vital piece of advice: Never stand for something if you do not know what it is you are standing for.

I am sure we have all heard some aspect of the Trayvon Martin case in the media. The elements of the case continue to unravel each day, and everyone I have spoken to seems to have a verdict. It is important to remember that, in this country, an alleged offender is innocent until proven guilty. I, too, have been fighting the urge to jump to conclusions about the case, and in this open forum I hope to remain as neutral as possible.

This is for you, not me. I will begin by offering what I have heard, and I hope to hear what you have heard of the fundamentals of this case in response. If you have a voice, I would love for you to use it here. I want to know what you think about this case. If you stand for something, stand here. If you are unsure what to think, express that here. If by chance you are someone who has never heard of this story, I urge you to read up on Trayvon Martin, and return to the Point to comment. Rather than regurgitate what is on the news every day, I’d rather move on to the hot topics surrounding the death of the 17-year-old boy.

Allow me to be the first speaker in the forum. Then, it’s your turn.

  • The Trayvon Martin case has served as a reminder that America isn’t as over stereotypes and hate crime as we’d like to believe. It frustrates me that some people would rather focus on the hoodie Trayvon was wearing than the fact that his family has yet to see justice. There is so much more to this story than the hoodie.
  • I wonder what everyone has to say about that phone call. Was George Zimmerman being racist during the 911 call?
  • Who do you think was the aggressor in the scuffle, based on the location of Trayvon’s body? Based on Zimmerman’s scratches and alleged broken nose? Who was crying for help on the recording?
  • Which side do you think has a stronger case, the defense or the prosecution? What do you base this opinion on?
  • Do you think Trayvon’s school record is relevant? How about Zimmerman’s?

I have answered all of these questions 10 times over, and I wonder what it is we all want to see happen with this case. If Zimmerman should be arrested, what do we hope a trial will bring? If I wrote how I felt about all of this, I could go on forever. Let’s hear what you all have to say.

By no means should you think of these as essay questions. These are some things I think about. I would love to discuss it with others, and hear what you are thinking. So say what you want, and use your voice. After all, it is your power.

5 thoughts on “What about Trayvon Martin?: Open forum

  1. I strongly feel that anytime someone is murdered they should have their day in court.
    George Zimmerman comitted a murder that was highly suspicious and also very suspect of a hate crime. With no arrest he now shows Florida that we can target young kids by appearance stalk them and murder them and not be prosecuted. If Trayvon Martin was white this would still be an injustice.As far as his school records are concerned he wasnt a bad student he just made a bad mistake that technically wasn’t even verified. However Zimmerman has a track record of criminal behavior that completely overshadows Trayvon’s and I strongly believe his character will be viciously and justifiably attacked if taken to court.

  2. There are so many ways to subdue a 17 year old kid when you have a loaded and concealed weapon and he has junk food without killing him. Zimmerman immediately used lethal force on an unarmed citizen in a supposedly gated and safe community. Race shouldn’t even be a factor as to why this man should be on trial.

    1. I am deeply concerned that usual police procedures were not followed in this case and that much hysteria has resulted. Now that state and federal agencies are involved, I am hopeful that this case will be resolved within the legal system and that both Trayvon and Mr Zimmerman will receive justice for whatever it is determined, happened.

  3. Its hard to think about honestly, and despite my opinion I honestly believe Zimmerman will not be punished for murdering this young man. As for his school records, they are not relevant; but both Zimmerman and Martin’s past matters. I believe that the black community has been targeted since the begenning of time without justice being served and it has just been carrying over. I am NOT saying the African American race is the only race constantly targeted but we are one of many, but it should all end, and the first step to ending hate crimes, is punishment, or justice rather….. I hope I expressed my thoughts as I intended to… Remember, the idea of world peace is absurd!! But if at first an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it~A.Einstein

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