Trayvon Martin

Topics: Barack Obama, Matthew Shepard Act, African American Pages: 2 (681 words) Published: December 16, 2012
Justice for Trayvon Martin in America
Hendrix, Jaimisha
August 14, 2012
University Of Phoenix

Justice for Trayvon Martin in America
Trayvon Martin’s killing was a racial hate crime because of Zimmerman’s actions before, during and after the killing, the 911 call, and the police report all indicating Trayvon’s killing was racially provoked since then I have been teaching my child about the possibilities of being racially targeted due to his ethnicity and exactly what racial profiling is. February 26, 2012 at approximately 7:06pmEST Zimmernan placed a call to Florida Stanford police department stating Martins behavior was suspicious because he was cutting in between the houses. (wikipedia, 2012) It has also been heard and stated on a recorded call to the Florida Stanford police as Zimmernan is describing Trayvon as a suspicious black male up to no good, and used the racial slur "fucking coons" which is why this is no longer being called a self-defense case but is now being called a hate crime. October of 2009 the Matthew Shepard act was passed into law by President Barack Obama in response to the killings Matthew Shepard and James Byrd. Matthew was tortured and killed because he was perceived as a homosexual and James was tied to a truck and dragged by two white supremacists and was decapitated because he was African American. Both cases were determined to be hate crimes. Before Trayvon was killed he had walked to a local liquor store in his father’s girlfriend neighborhood, where he had been visiting his father to purchase a bag of skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea. While on his way back to the father’s girlfriend’s estate Trayvon was on the phone with a female friend, she quoted him telling her that a “crazy and creepy” unknown man watching him from his vehicle (wikipedia, 2012). While Zimmernan was on the phone with Florida Stanford police department he was instructed by dispatch to not follow Trayvon and that help was on the way he said...
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