Racial Injustice: How much has society changed?

found this photo on Facebook


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.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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One Response to Racial Injustice: How much has society changed?

  1. Pingback: Hypocrisy in the Attitude Towards George Zimmerman « savedbyscience

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