Justice has no color

By OLIVIA MURPHY – Public Relations Manager

As the media focuses on skin color, the true tragedy of the Trayvon Martin murder has been lost.

qrcodeComing from an urban neighborhood in Syracuse, N.Y., my first introduction to neighborhood violence was a frightening experience.

The media is focusing on the ethnicities of the victim and the killer, loosing focus of the real issue: a family lost their child. Cartoon by Isabella Zaccaria.

Incidents of this violence have been reported frequently in The Post-Standard, Syracuse’s local newspaper. In the most recent incident, a young man was wounded in a drive-by shooting, just three blocks away from my home on Bishop Avenue.

However, the regular violence behind the illegal activity involved in my community in Syracuse is nothing compared to the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

To me, the most pressing details about Martin’s case are the following: Martin was carrying a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea while Zimmerman followed him closely with a .9mm firearm, even after Zimmerman received directions from 911 dispatchers to remain in his car and to not pursue Martin.

Zimmerman has yet to be charged with the murder of Martin. Currently, his only punishment is having to live with the fact that he took someone’s life.

But he didn’t just take anyone’s life. He took a child’s life.

Although the investigation is continuing in gradual stages, the one issue that seems to swirl around Martin’s death is the media’s emphasis on the ethnicities of the victim and the shooter.

As a high school student that has learned to adapt with diversity among the student body of Clarke Central High School, the emphasis on whether Zimmerman committed the crime out of dislike for African-Americans or any race is not what needs to be emphasized.

It does not matter if Zimmerman was Hispanic or white. It doesn’t matter that Martin was black. The fact of the matter is that Zimmerman committed a crime.

If he was man enough to hold himself accountable for the safety of his neighbors, he should be equally man enough to face the punishment of his actions.

More than being a crime based on racism, this is a crime of an unbalance between the justice for Martin’s family and the amount of effort put into this investigation.

The Sanford Police Department may be trying their best to solve this investigation, but how long will it take before Martin’s case becomes a forgotten memory to us?

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  1. Chloe Alexander said:

    This is an editorial, not a news piece. An editorial is defined as an article that mainly reflects the author’s opinion on a certain subject. So yes, the article is biased, but it is completely appropriate for it to be so. The author has every right to hold an opinion about the shooting and has every right to express it.

  2. Nathan Welch said:

    Zimmerman did what he thought was right for the greater good. Whether or not he was in the right is not for me to decide. I read an arcticle on the boston globe website that said he acted in self defense and the police can’t prove otherwise. I think this arcticle is written very biased and should be revised or you should look at your imformation more carefully. Even though Zimmerman shot Trayvon who are we to judge what he did? As I said he acted in what he thought was the best intrest of the community, and that is that.

    • Aaron Holmesaholmes said:

      Then again, isn’t it important to have a court case? The boy was killed. Let a judge and jury decide whether it was self defense, not the police chief. More important than whether a murder was committed is the fact that there has still been no arrest of Zimmerman. That’s my opinion.

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