Today, Trayvon Benjamin Martin was born on February 5, 1995.
It seems like it’s been forever since Trayvon was gunned down outside of his father’s home, with only a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona Iced Tea on his person by George Zimmerman. If you remember, Zimmerman thought Trayvon looked ‘suspicious’, followed him around in the rain and then confronted him. Only Zimmerman emerged alive and claimed self-defense.
Any sane person knows based on these facts alone, the image of an innocent George Zimmerman is ridiculous. However, George Zimmerman has gathered much support from racists and gun-lovers alike who assume that this young, black boy was somehow dangerous, despite every indication otherwise (Sorry, being suspended from school and rumored to have enjoyed weed doesn’t make someone a ‘thug’).
I remind OHN of Trayvon on what would have been his 18th birthday because as I felt when this occurred (and when the State of Florida took many weeks to even arrest Zimmerman) that this could have been any one of our children.
George Zimmerman and his supporters have been trying, ever since he was arrested to pull every trick out of the book to ensure his acquittal including trying to push the trial to November instead of June. Today, the request was denied.
Here’s to being thankful for little things. And here’s to recognizing that Trayvon Martin didn’t deserve to die at the hands of an overzealous, self-appointed neighborhood watch captain because his skin color made him appear suspicious.