The case involving Treyvon Martin and George Zimmerman had an enormous impact on society, especially the African American society. Several individuals from the black community were outraged by the death of Treyvon Martin. Moreover, this event was immediately labeled as an act of racism.
When this terrible event happened, I was only in the 10th grade. I felt sick to my stomach to hear that a boy around my age was gunned down for carrying a bag of skittles and a juice. It is even more sad that we will never know the whole truth because Treyvon can not tell his part of the story. When I looked deeper into the Treyvon Martin case, I found it very interesting that although both African Americans and Hispanics are minorities, a lot of people placed George Zimmerman in the majority category by labeling him as a “white” Hispanic or a white man. Another thing that shocked me was the multitude of stereotypes that was placed upon Treyvon. Just because he was dark-skinned and wearing a hoodie doesn’t give anybody the right to make assumptions on the type of child he was. The more stereotypes that are forced upon people, the more people start to live by those stereotypes. This just gives society another excuse to belittle a person.
As I was searching through comments about the Treyvon Martin case, a lot of them referred back to race. One question I came across on twitter from Carl Miller said, “I wonder how this would go over if it was a Black man walking around with that same gun?” I found myself pegged with this same question. It is not hard to grasp the concept that America’s principles were built upon racism. So how, as a community, can we change this?
Social issues are never going away. There is always going to be that one person who dislikes you because of your race, cultural background, sexual orientation, or whatever the case may be. The only thing we can do is stay optimistic and hope that people will eventually mature and accept everyone for who they are.