We watched this case intently from the beginning. Everyone had an opinion on what they thought happened that night between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. After months of watching all of the news shows and hearing all of the evidence, the verdict has now been revealed. George Zimmerman is NOT GUILTY. There are some who feel that this was a fair verdict because George Zimmerman should never have been charged. There are others that feel Trayvon Martin was an unarmed teenager that was killed walking home from the store and profiled to be a black teenager looking to burglarize someone. So now that the verdict is known what is the message we can all take with us and who really won this case?
If you are a George Zimmerman supporter, you are ecstatic because in your opinion justice has been served. Your feeling is that Mr. Zimmerman was an innocent man that was railroaded and charged with Trayvon Martin’s murder. If you are a Trayvon Martin supporter, it is a sad day indeed. This verdict confirms the injustice of our judicial system. You feel that black people are never treated fairly in our judicial system and now this verdict gives people permission to shoot and kill black people with no threat of punishment.
This case involved two of the most passionate issues we have in this country, guns and race. The fact that George Zimmerman was walking around with a loaded gun truly disturbed some people. Most people agree that Mr. Zimmerman had a right to carry gun, but it was difficult to understand that he was not the aggressor when he was armed and Travon was not. One good question to consider is would George Zimmerman have ever gotten out his truck if he wasn’t armed with a gun? I would say probably not. If he didn’t have that gun he would have sat in his truck and waited for the Police to arrive. The gun gave him the courage to confront Trayvon which ultimately led to Trayvon’s death. The issue of race was brought into this case because many believe that Trayvon was profiled and followed because he was Black. This is very believable for those in the black community because they have been targeted and punished unfairly for many years. I think with the election of President Obama, many believed that racism in this country was beginning to be a thing of the past, but this case has made many people question how far we really have come.
So who really won in this case? It certainly is not Trayvon Martin’s family and supporters because Trayvon is dead and no one will be charged with his murder and that is a hard pill to swallow. A seventeen year old kid is shot in the heart on his way back from the store for no reason other than George Zimmerman thought Trayvon was up to no good, and felt he should confront Trayvon instead of waiting for law enforcement. Although the verdict was in George Zimmerman’s favor, he is a loser in this verdict also because Mr. Zimmerman will never have peace. He will always have to look over his shoulder and be fearful of someone out to take revenge upon him. That is an awful way to spend the rest of your life. Where will he live? This case was shown all over the world, so where will he really be safe? I guess the real winners in all of this are the defense team. The lawyers on the defense team are now household names and will be forever known as the winners in one of the biggest cases in U.S. history.
I guess if one positive thing came from this case it is that people became more educated about our judicial system and how it works because they followed this case and watched the trial. Hopefully, we all have learned something from this case and going forward we need to work on the issues that divide our country so that we never have another Trayvon Martin case.