It is clear that Zimmerman is at fault here, whether the courts agree or not. He was told not to follow Trayvon, and he did. He was told not to approach Trayvon. And he did. It shows unadulterated bad judgement on his part, as well as pure prejudice. We can NEVER force people to abandon their stereotypes and preconceived notions about other races, because we cannot control their thoughts or their experiences. What we can do is send a message, that this is unacceptable. That we as a community will not stand for the absence of justice which should accompany racially motivated violence.
This post is intended for a couple of my Facebook and tumblr friends who have attempted to sugarcoat the racial element of this incident to appease their own consciences about being the majority in a society where this is allowed to occur. I have even heard someone say, “It wasn’t even about race”. But until you walk a day in my shoes, until you are followed in a store like a criminal, until you are stopped by an officer without probable cause, until you are assumed ignorant until proven smart, and guilty until proven innocent, don’t tell ME its not about race.
Trayvon did nothing wrong. Look at him! What’s “suspicious” about his face - except MAYBE his color in a community where just being black is threatening? It is about race. When have you EVER read stories about young, unarmed white kids who have been “accidentally” shot and killed by black armed men. I have never heard that story because it doesn’t exist. And in America, we never will. We’re all the same right? We’re all equal right? Why is it then, that when white blood is spilt it incites rage? Myy blood is so easily ignored that it could even go overlooked and unnoticed like Trayvon Martin’s in Sanford, FL. And until we acknowledge that….it will always be about race.