I didn’t hear about what happened to Trayvon Martin until a few days after the fact. I saw a couple of people in my Twitter stream refer to the story so I went on a search and read up a bit.
If you don’t know, Trayvon was a 17 year old kid, walking home from the store, shot to death by an adult male who said he looked ‘suspicious’ and claims the shooting was self defence – though he had a gun and Trayvon had a pack of Skittles and a cell phone.
This man has not been arrested, charged because he says it was self-defence (even though eye witnesses dispute that), they’ve decided to let him keep his gun even though the popular theory is that Trayvon looked suspicious to him because he was a black kid. (If you read the story, you’ll probably come to the same conclusion). Trayvon’s parents are left to figure out how it could be that their son is dead – murdered – with absolutely no recourse.
Protests have started across the country, the FBI is involved, the police chief has taken a leave of absence while the whole thing is dealt with. We mourn and we call for action and we call for changed.
It just doesn’t make any sense.
“… my main message is to the parents of Trayvon. If I had a son he would look like Trayvon. I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americas are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we will get to the bottom of exactly what happened.” – Barack Obama