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Perceptions of The Trayvon Martin Shooting

The Trayvon Martin shooting is a perfect case of intercultural communication involving racial perceptions. In this case Trayvon Martin was shot and killed because of his suspicious behavior and what he was wearing. This made national news and was associated with a hate crime.

During the night of February 26, 2012 George Zimmerman was running an errand and while he was doing that Zimmerman spotted a Man walking and having a suspicious behavior by cutting in between houses. From seeing that Zimmerman proceeded to follow him in the meantime Zimmerman was on the phone with the Police the whole time. Zimmerman stopped his vehicle while still in contact with the Police and left his car. After he left his car there was a an altercation between Martin and Zimmerman leaving Trayvon Martin dead. Immediately after this Police arrived on scene taking arresting Zimmerman on the scene. The Sanford, Florida Police report “The encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin was ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement, or conversely, if he had identified himself to Martin as a concerned citizen and initiated dialog in an effort to dispel each party's concern” (William, USA Today). When this made national news made citizens were outraged about the shooting saying ““Trayvon was stopped because of his ethnicity” (NY Daily News). Many people across the country are relating to this shooting saying racial perception is going on every way.

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is a prime example of how perception play its role in stereotyping. The reason why people have racial perceptions is because of selection. Selection is a three part process and the one that sticks out here is repetition. Obviously George Zimmerman has had repetitive personal experience’s involving suspicious behavior with African Americans. George Zimmerman was a concerned citizen...
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