About 250 miles from where I live nearly a month, an unarmed African-American teenager was shot to death last month by a neighborhood watch captain.
Trayvon was killed when he was returning to a gated community in Sanford, Fla., from buying candy at a convenience store. He did not have a weapon, the Associated Press reports.
The neighborhood watch captain, George Zimmerman, hasn’t been charged in the shooting of Martin, and has said he shot the teen in self-defense.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, civil-rights activists and some lawmakers say race played a role in the killing and that the Sanford Police Department mishandled its investigation of the incident. They are also furious that Mr. Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested or even charged with anything.
The nation is in an uproar. In various parts of the country communities are speaking out, protesting by wearing hoodies, posting pictures of hoodie wearers on Facebook, etc to show their support for the injustice of a young life that was cut short due to the suspicion of his appearance.
Today Miami Carol City High students planned a “walk-out” during their lunch break in support of Trayvon Martin.
Here’s what one sophomore participating in the march had to say, “We thought we would get justice for Trayvon, and an arrest has to be made.”