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Killed Buying Skittles While Black

Killed Buying Skittles While Black

By Dennis Loo (3/14/12)

Editor's Note: We posted this article before Trayvon Martin's murder became a national story. We suggest that you also read two subsequent postings, this related story and this.


"17-year-old Trayvon Martin was visiting a relative's house in a Florida gated community when he walked to the store to get Skittles and iced tea for his little brother. He never made it home. Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a self-styled neighborhood watch leader, who told police he thought Trayvon was 'suspicious' in the mostly-white community.

"Unbelievable twist: A man named George Zimmerman allegedly admitted to police that he shot Trayvon Martin in the chest. Zimmerman claims he acted in self defense, even though police allegedly told him not to do anything until they arrived -- and despite the fact that Trayvon was unarmed, carrying only a bag of Skittles when he died. In the two weeks since Zimmerman allegedly killed Trayvon, police have refused to arrest the confessed killer."

Imagine if the roles were reversed and an armed vigilante "neighborhood watch" black man shot and killed a 17-year-old white boy holding Skittles and iced tea in his hands because he thought the boy was "suspicious."

Would the police still not have instituted charges against the black killer? It's been two weeks since his unjustified murder. [Now as of 3/24/12, a month.]

Would the news not now - and for some time - be blaring headlines and other stories about the outrageousness of it? [Since writing this article the murder of Trayvon Martin has become a national story.]

See also this story that connects this incident and the authorities' behavior to larger societal issues. And this.

Editor's Note (3/24/12):

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