The killing of Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of George Zimmerman triggered a wave of discontent among African-Americans that ultimately became the Black Lives Matter movement. It also sparked debate on Stand Your Ground laws. But has anything changed five years later?
In the real world, it was apparent that race was the key to George Zimmerman’s snap judgment that Trayvon Martin was up to no good, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist E.R. Shipp writes exclusively for WhoWhatWhy. Yet racism was the elephant in the courtroom as the prosecutor “tiptoed –past those thorns.” With a case hampered by slow-footed policing and an overaggressive charge, the state’s failure seemed inevitable. And with no moral resolution to the troubling case, Americans are left with fresh hollow echoes of “No justice, no peace!”
We warned about the risks of overplaying the Trayvon Martin case. Now, the other shoe drops. Trayvon Martin….Tyrone Woodfork.