Remembering Trayvon Martin
The 5th anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s untimely death is fast approaching, and with it, we all should think about how the seminal event brought the issue of civil rights back into the forefront and the intended and unintended consequences. With all of the controversy surrounding the case and the subsequent acquittal of Martin’s shooter, George Zimmerman, old wounds were re-opened and a vow to reexamine race relations in America, an indictment of the oft-unfair criminal justice system and the status of the black man were front and center. There was a promise of change, real change. Nothing like this would ever happen again.
5 years on, unfortunately, this case has just begot countless other similar cases where these themes are still left in the air. We have seen the protests, the demonstrations, the outrage, the despair, the consternation, the birth of Black Lives Matters and the all-too-familiar suspect or suspects getting acquitted or not charged at all. We have seen the country splintered and the growth of an even wider racial divide.
In the end, a young man lost his life, his family and loved ones will forever mourn him and the killer got away. Sadly, the Trayvon Martin case was yet another American tragedy that plays out all too often with no clear end in sight and no real change anywhere in the forecast.