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Trayvon Martin: What Does The Rest of The World Think?

Trayvon Martin: What Does The Rest of The World Think?

 

Written by Francois-Xavier Ada-Affana

On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a ‘Neighborhood Watch Volunteer’ in Sanford, Florida, USA, shot and killed 17 year-old Trayvon Martin while the latter was coming out of a store with freshly-purchased candy. George Zimmerman confessed to the police that he shot Trayvon in the chest.

According to the 911-recording of the telephone conversation published last Friday night, George Zimmerman had notified the police of a “suspicious individual”, Trayvon Martin, a 17 year-old black youth, coming out of a store. The 911-operator stated that George Zimmerman had been told not to pursue the young man.

The indignation of American citizens and internauts regarding the incident continues to grow and is still making front-page headlines in the town of Sanford where the murder took place. The police unit in charge of the case up to now has not been able to come up with any formal charges against George Zimmerman, whose act is considered as a racial crime by many.

Gareth Bryant on his blog, comments:

Why is the Black man always on the endangered-species list? It’s like it’s my destiny, to forever be victimized in this matrix.

jrcm.t writes:

the perfect combination: “A fire arm and a black man” – racism at its best!!! And the defence is said to plead “citizens’ rights to use fire arms for self-defence.” The social network reacted with this formula: white man > spanish man > black man.

The racial connotation in this case seems obvious, indeed. Even though the US Department of Justice and the FBI have initiated an investigation as to the “facts and circumstances” surrounding the murder of Trayvon Martin, the internet community continues to put pressure on the US government to render justice. Among the more pertinent comments:

Tericruz, in The Huffington Post comment section (which has received thousands of comments on the article since its publication) writes:

You can hear the boy screaming for his life in the back ground of the 911 calls. I cried because all I could do is think of my son, in that position, knowing he was about to die and no one was there to help him. God Bless his soul and his family.

Claudial adds:

The law in Florida sounds like it gives cover to anyone who wants to commit murder, provided there are no witnesses. If I lived in Florida, I would be very afraid. The gun laws in this country are completely up-side-down.

MrScorpio created a subject on DemocraticUnderground.com [en] and ever since, internauts have been inundating the site with their reactions, personal testimonies and memories of mistreatment by white people in the United States.

Twitter has been flooded with comments about the case. Photos of demonstrations in Florida are available by following the following hashtag: #Trayvon.

@Black Voices:

At city hall, hundreds of residents and activists are calling for the arrest [of George Zimmerman] in the Trayvon Martin incident: #trayvon

@YsanneBueno broaches the racial issue:

@MUTHAKNOWS If Trayvon had been a white boy and Zimmerman a black man, I wonder how this all would have panned out? #TrueStory

@OmariShakirXo asks the global community to unite in memory of Trayvon:

Everyone who wanted to arrest Kony, please share your sadness over the Trayvon case. I really can’t see how that would be asking too much…

Many are demonstrating against the ”Stand Your Ground” law, in force in Florida since 2005, which widens the auto-defence zones of residential areas to include most public areas as well. Such a law eliminates the notion under English law whereby one must “retreat” when faced with dangerous situations outside the home.  Without this nuance, an American citizen who is armed now has no obligation to withdraw when faced with a threat.

@Karen Hunter tweeted:

Can someone please explain to me why this ”Stand Your Ground” exists?

@Touré added:

The ”Stand Your Ground” law does not stipulate that ”If you feel threatened by a young black youth, you [are entitled to] respond with a shotgun”.

Charles M. Blow in the New York Times concludes:

Although we must wait to get the results from all the investigations into Trayvon’s killing, it is clear that it is a tragedy. If no wrongdoing of any sort is ascribed to the incident, it will be an even greater tragedy.

This post was originally published by Global Voices.

 

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2:07PM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

Contrary to the set of examples of responses, "the rest of the world" does extend beyond the borders of the United States.

7:16AM PDT on Apr 16, 2012

THEY SHOULD PUT THIS MUCH EFFERT INTO " ALL" MUDERS !!!

6:51PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Love the photo, completely agree.

6:58PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

I have just heard on the news bulletin that there has been another gun massacre in America. It is not known yet how many were killed but there were fatalities and there were guns. Isn't it about time America gave up arming civilians (besides police and the military). Does everyone (including children) need or want a gun? Why must everyone have a gun? America has more than its fair share of crazies and is obviously paranoid about terrorism and security but putting the guns into everyone's hand when so fearful of everything is fraught with danger.

3:34AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

NO. REST. UNTIL. ARREST.

2:10AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Trayvon Martin was murdered and deserves what all American rights are Justice. Now Trayvon reputation is being drag through the mud by the media. It is a disgraceful and disrespectful to his memory and his mourning family. These attacks reflect the same kind of racial profiling and stereotyping that led to his death and then protected his killer from investigation and arrest. Martin Luther King said these words "No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Public officials should be getting justice for Trayvon and addressing the dangers of racial profiling in our society.

4:39AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

You need to ban guns altogether and update those old bits of paper that you call a constitution, get rid of that right to bear arms crap. It was put there to defend against the English attackers. And believe me! We have no intention of invading you! And even if we did, no redneck with a gun would be a match for harrier jump jets, eurofighters, or guided missiles.
And if not, then arm black guys, they seem to be the ones in need of defence, it's obvious to everyone in the world that black guys are an endangered species over there,

4:31AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

"With one man dead, it is a one sided story. Which is why we have judiciary systems. Alas the first step of arresting the man holding the weapon was not done. This creates so much anger in a country riddled with racism and guns. No point slogging it out here as none of us know what went down. It seems two males with bravado had a disagreement. And an innocent kid is dead. Banging down some doors of yr local councillors and law enforcement agencies demanding action is a start.."Julieanne B.
Good Point. This is why When he Is FINALLY ARRESTED, There Needs To Be A Polygraph Test. This is when they ARE NEEDED, since it is far too easy to continue LYING. After all, Trayvon Martin is too dead to contradict him.

12:21AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

With one man dead, it is a one sided story. Which is why we have judiciary systems. Alas the first step of arresting the man holding the weapon was not done. This creates so much anger in a country riddled with racism and guns. No point slogging it out here as none of us know what went down. It seems two males with bravado had a disagreement. And an innocent kid is dead. Banging down some doors of yr local councillors and law enforcement agencies demanding action is a start..

5:35PM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

On second thought Mary C, no profile, no credibility. No reason to pay any attention to you. Care should at least make the trolls pretend to exist by inventing a profile.

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