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Did Trayvon Martin die because he was black?

David Horsey,Los Angeles Times...
David Horsey,Los Angeles Times...

Good morning, Netizens...


There is a great deal of righteous indignation surrounding the shooting death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin and according to cartoonist David Horsey, rightfully so, and I couldn't agree more.


The shooter, George Zimmerman, an overzealous block watch volunteer carrying a gun, shot the unarmed Martin while on his way back to his father's house after a trip to a convenience store. It was raining, and young Trayvon Martin had his hood up, and was on his cell phone to his girlfriend, and, according to her, was getting nervous about the big guy following him. The guy was Zimmerman.


Zimmerman considered Martin a suspicious character -- at least that's what he was telling the 911 dispatcher he had on the line. He also told the dispatcher that "these ... always get away," according to a recording of the call that has been released. Then he took off running after Martin and uttered to the dispatcher a word that some listeners heard to be a racial epithet.


This killing a month ago has now become a national cause with demands for Zimmerman to be arrested and put on trial. A grand jury has been invoked. The Justice Department has stepped in. The Sanford police chief has taken a temporary leave. A groundswell of African-Americans are furious; even President Obama has spoken out about the death of Trayvon Martin.


This is not about black nor white, but of right and wrong. Had Trayvon Martin been a white kid walking home in the rain he would still be alive. That makes this an act of racism, which is both very sad and wrong. They need to put Zimmerman behind bars.


Of course, your thoughts and beliefs about the death of Trayvon Martin at the hands of Zimmerman may differ.



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