As you may know, Obama alluded to Trayvon Martin as his hypothetical son. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. When I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”
The 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally gunned down by the neighborhood watch George Zimmerman as he walked from a convenience store back into a gated community. The trial culminated in an acquittal for Zimmerman.
I was shocked and upset because an unarmed teenager with all the potential in the world, the potential to become the president of the United States, was killed because of Zimmerman’s extremely poor judgment and decision-making. When people like Zimmerman lack the brains to behave appropriately in society, they should deal with the consequences of their actions and be locked away—for good.
To me, this is not about race. It is about a child dying unjustly. If Trayvon had been white or any other race, this case would not have received the media attention it had. If Zimmerman had been black, the trial would not have turned into a circus. This is not about race, people!
If you are mad, get mad at the lack of gun control. This isn’t the Newtown tragedy where a social outcast had access to weapons, where we’re shaking our heads about the psychopaths who get access to guns. This is about a neighborhood watch buying a handgun for self-defense. See how guns are evil? Even in the hands of the seemingly stable, can you see the destruction? The loss of life, the loss of a child?
My high school classmate was killed in a drive-by shooting.
A few days ago, a Black man walked into the gift center where my engagement ring and wedding band are from and shot three Asians.
Race is not the issue. Guns are.
I had a different take-away from this trial than others which is why I dismissed writing about it—as I didn’t want to offend.
There are a multitude of bloggers who write about what they have for breakfast, where they vacation, all these details of their lives, but rarely do I see bloggers open up about their stance on issues, their politics. What is the point of blogging if your readers do not know the real you—especially if you write a personal blog? I want to thank both Andrea and Yvonne for always being so courageously opinionated. I am truly inspired by you and your blogs.