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Effect Of Death: Trayvon Martin 1995 2012

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Trayvon Martin was an American teenager killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012, sparking national controversy. During his high school years, Trayvon struggled with disciplinary issues. During his junior year he was suspended three times, for tardiness, possession of drug paraphernalia, and vandalism. A police search of Martin's bag following one of these incidents gave notice to several pieces of women's jewelry that could have been stolen. Despite these incidents, Martin was never charged with a crime and had no juvenile record. In Macbeth, Duncan was a good king. He was virtuous and fair, but all too trusting. “No more that Thane of Cawdor shall deceive our bosom interest. Go, pronounce his present death, and with his former title greet Macbeth.” (I iii 73-76). He trusted the Thane of Cawdor and gave the title to Macbeth, although he hadn't even met him. Although too trustworthy, he did possess every virtue, and was a noble and good king ...view middle of the document...

And — and that all contributes, I think, to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” As this was a positive impact, there were also the more negative words. A tweet went out from a popular blogger, Eamon Danieu, “Trayvon Martin is shot there's riots, a 61 year old white man was knocked off his bike and stomped to death by black teens and nobody cares”. (30 March 2014, 1:46 p.m. Tweet.) This shows us that even after all had been said and done, there are those with still bitter feelings towards the case even a year later.
With the arguments and statements made throughout the Zimmerman case, it is clearly shown that Trayvon Martin was more important in death, than in life. The case brought up the topic of race, a long standing issue in our community. Race, the unmentioned thought in the room that never seems to go away. Since the media claimed that race and the stand your ground law were factors, it spoke about how people feel about justice for vigilantes. Many people across the nation were brought to anger that came from the trial and the verdict, but the Martin family channeled their disappointment into positivity. They both understood that what happened had bigger reasons than just their son. They had a power in understanding the life that Trayvon enjoyed before his death, and that power was that he could have been anyone’s children. The incident seemingly gave Trayvon a legacy. Even though he isn’t with the world anymore, his life and the case represented what hasn’t been, and won’t ever be forgotten, especially by the African American community. Instead, it will serve as a continued charge for everyone to do their best to treat others equally. This reminded the world that true healing won’t come without making a commitment to continue the fight against “standing your ground” and then honoring that commitment.

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