It now seems that it’s easier to demonise a dead teenager than to actually try to do anything about his murder. Oddly the media now seem to be working on the principle that "The dead can"t fight back.’ Surely getting suspended from school for tardiness comes a poor second to getting shot at point blank range.
For some reason it seems to surprise people that Trayvon Martin was a regular, normal teenager. For some reason there seems to be a campaign to demonise him and almost to suggest that what he got what he deserved by bringing out the revelations that he got suspended from school and might have experimented with cannabis. If every teenager who had experimented with cannabis was shot because they looked suspicious then we’d have very few teenagers left. And whilst making it very public that Trayvon had been suspended more than once it seems to be a lack of concern that none of his suspensions were for violent offences and he has no criminal record. Instead he got suspended for tardiness, for graffiti-ing WTF on a school locker and for being in possession of a bag with the hint of cannabis in it. I’m sorry, but to me these have to come a poor second to shooting someone at point blank range with a gun.
But my main point would have to be who cares? Who cares if a teenager was a bit of a reckless idiot at points, I think we can all hold our hands up to things we regret as a teenager. Who cares if his parents are looking for a patent on the phrase ‘Justice for Trayvon’ in order to put any monies raised towards ensuring the same thing doesn’t happen to any other teenager. What we should be caring about is that there have been no charges and no trial against the man who shot him. If it was self defence then fine, prove it in a court of law to a full jury. Innocent until proven guilty can only be used if there is a case in motion where guilt can be proved. In this case there isn’t because the man holding the gun has not been charged.
Let it go through the full court system, and if George Zimmerman is innocent then let it be decided at that point. It cannot be decided at the point when the police officers come across the shooting, neglect to do drugs and alcohol testing on the suspect and then ship Trayvon’s body off as a John Doe without even bothering to check his phone. No matter what slurs the media come out with about Trayvons past behaviour or actions it must be remembered that we have one dead boy and one living man with a gun. And the police at the time seem to have done little more than blithely accepting the white mans word that it was self defence.
There’s a reason why people have been marching the streets with hoodies and bags of skittles. It’s because when a boy who is unarmed is killed by a man who actively went to chase him from his car, then you would expect something to be done about it. There is a lack of sympathy for George Zimmerman because so far he hasn’t had to prove anything. If the police system had acted properly and taken him into custody, charged him and then let the jury decide whether it was self defence then this would have been seen as justice taking its natural course. Instead the sloppiness and hate campaign that seems to have arisen say completely the opposite.
There can’t be justice without a trial and for that Trayvon’s murderer needs to be charged.