Over the past few weeks I have read a few stories in which black youths have engaged in some type of violence against a white person. There are acts of violence going on in this country every minute of the day. Some are black on black, white on white, black on white and white on black. What has disturbed me is I have read about at least 3 cases in different parts of the country where the perpretrator has justified the violence by saying this is for Trayvon. That is simply not true. It is wrong to try to excuse criminal behavior as some kind of vengence for another perceived wrong doing. Justice for Trayvon started with the arrest of George Zimmerman. Now we have to look to the justice system to determine whether this was murder or justifiable homicide. We have to step aside and let the justice system work. Anyone who commits an act of violence and says this is for Trayvon is simply lying.
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New York Times Journalist Charles Blow has been a champion for Trayvon Martin. He has written a number of columns on Martin as well as he has appeared on a news shows passionatly articulating the Martin’s story. Today he wrote in this OP-ed column, Justice for Trayvon. It is a worthy read: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/14/opinion/blow-justice-for-trayvon.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
I saw this picture of Sanford citizens reacting to the news that George Zimmerman had been arrested for killing Trayvon Martin. I supposed it shows how fervently they prayed and the joy they felt when they heard the news, but it also says something more disturbing. Should it have taken 45 days to charge Zimmerman with a crime? should it have taken petitions, marches and talk show appearances for this to happen? It is good that Zimmerman will finally be held accountable, but it should not have taken all of this to get simple justice.
Yesterday George Zimmerman was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. He spent last night in jail. Trayvon Martin’s parents fought to make sure that Zimmerman would be held accountable for what he did Feb. 26th. He killed Martin and claimed protection under the Florida stand your ground law. So now we will have the chance to let the judicial system handle this case. We don’t know how this will end because we don’t know all the facts of the case. Today we do know that Zimmerman has been charged and Martin is dead. This is the start of the process. Now we have to define what justice looks like. Justice means that all the facts will be explored and both sides will present their cases. Justice does not mean conviction. The cry has been Justice for Tryavon, not Vengence for Trayvon. We have seen the first step toward that justice we clamored for and and now we will watch the judicial process at work.