The shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, and the price of “walking while black. ”
Trayvon Martin was staying with his dad in a gated community north of Orlando, Florida. Watching a basketball game on TV. Went out to the 7-11 at halftime for Skittles and an iced tea. Ended up dead. Shot in the chest by a neighborhood watch volunteer who found the black teenager suspicious walking home with his candy.
It’s a story to chill any parent’s blood. For many black parents, families, it’s the story that just won’t go away. The lethal – racial – suspicion that clings and kills. Now there is anger and anguish.
This hour, On Point: the killing of Trayvon Martin.
Frances Robles, reporter for the Miami Herald.
Nicholas K. Peart, student at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Author of the New York Times op-ed, “Why is The N.Y.P.D. After Me?”
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The New York Times ”‘He said that Tray was gone.’ That’s how Sybrina Fulton, her voice full of ache, told me she found out that her 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, had died. In a wrenching telephone call, the boy’s father, who had taken him to visit a friend, told her that Trayvon had been gunned down in a gated townhouse community in Sanford, Fla., outside Orlando.”
The Atlantic ”With the drumbeat of attention coming forward, I would be shocked if Zimmerman wasn’t arrested and charged. His decision to pursue Martin for, at the worst, walking toward his car, putting his hand in waist-band, and then running away was tragically reckless. And perhaps worse. We just don’t know yet. ”
The Miami Herald ”But the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin left the boy’s family and attorneys convinced that the volunteer developed a twisted sense of entitlement, one that gave him a false sense of authority to enforce the rule of law in his tiny gated community. Trayvon’s family’s attorneys believe that led to racial profiling and murder.”