the trayvon issue
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It's More than a Piece of Clothing
Another issue that's been spotlighted as a result of this case is gun laws. The Stand Your Ground law that many credit with keeping George Zimmerman out of jail is facing controversy. The law says that if you feel threatened you have the right to defend yourself. In light of news that Zimmerman may have been on the ground being punched by Martin before his death, one question comes to mind. If a person pursues trouble, is that person entitled to protection by this law? From what I understand, Zimmerman followed Martin after being advised against doing so by a 911 operator. If he wanted trouble, found it, and then tried to defend himself from found trouble, shouldn't Zimmerman be to blame? Purposely endangering yourself should not earn you a "Get Out of Jail Free" card. Or in this case a "Never Go to Jail" card.
The first step to solving any problem is to acknowledge that there is a problem. We're never going to get anywhere if we keep pretending everything is okay. Trayvon Martin's death has reignited raw emotions from years passed. People are confused, hurt, and angry. Previous generations fought and died so this sort of thing would only be experienced through a history book. It looks like we're back to marching in the streets and that's okay'as long as it's not in vain. This is about getting justice for Trayvon Martin and getting justice for those who came before Trayvon Martin. A life has been lost and the best thing to do is to prevent this from happening again. History need not repeat itself.
Georeen Tanner, Contributing Writer: Georeen is a graduate of Rutgers University and works in New York City. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but has called Washington State and Rhode Island home. She longs to travel somewhere that has wide open spaces, but until then she will find beauty in the city around her and write on. (more...)