By the looks of it, I would say society has not changed that much. We would all like to believe that we are society that “sees no color.” But that would be a lie. Race still matters and it is a driving force in this society, especially when it comes to the judicial system.
Throughout history, people of minority descent (especially blacks) have been killed at the hands of a white man/woman with little to no consequence. And unfortunately, it seems like that might be the way the murder of Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims it was self defense because Martin looked “suspicious.” Well if he was suspicious because he had his hood up because it was raining and was carrying skittles, his phone and iced tea, then yes he was suspicious looking. But only a fool would believe that defense. The real reason Martin was killed was because Zimmerman assumed he looked suspicious because of his skin color. This is called racial profiling and it is a common practice in America. Unfortunately, racial profiling is unofficially accepted as a police tactic, and even worst it often goes unpunished.
Just look at the picture above. Those young individuals of minority descent were all shot because the officer racially profiled the victim, not because they had actually committed a crime or were threatening the officer’s life. Emmitt Till’s story is a little different because he was not killed by a police officer, but it had the same result. He was murdered because of his skin color.
All these stories have one thing in common: all of these murderers were found “not guilty.” Now doesn’t that make you a little sick? It makes me sick. If these were white children, all hell would break loose and the murderer would be behind bars for the rest of his/her life or would have faced the death penalty.
But these cases (and many others) were treated differently because in each instance it was a white individual killing a minority one.
And while the case of Martin is a little different because the killer was of Hispanic descent, the result is no different: Martin was murdered because of racial profiling and his killer has still not been arrested, despite telling the police he shot Martin in the chest.
This has resonated with the people. People from all across the nation are calling for justice in Martin’s murder. And justice must be met.
PLEASE sign the petition on change.org calling for justice in Trayvon Martin’s murder.