Nothing good comes from chasing trouble. I always tell my students to flee at the first sign of it. “But you’re a punk if you run!” Truthfully, making a wise decision and following through takes more courage than fighting. There is nothing wrong with taking an exit ramp if you know the bridge ahead is rigged with explosives.
The case of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old black teenager who was shot and killed while walking unarmed through a gated community in Florida, is truly saddening. He was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who claims it was self-defense. Zimmerman followed Martin through the neighborhood while on the phone with police. Zimmerman claimed that Martin was a potential threat. While following Martin the dispatchers exact words were, “We don’t need you to do that.” According to authorities, Martin was carrying a cellphone, bag of skittles, and an iced tea. If this young man was a potential threat, then George did the right thing by calling the authorities. But following him and killing him was the wrong move. It all could have been avoided if he had simply driven off and let the proper authorities take control.
The purpose of this post isn’t for me to stand as judge and juror of George Zimmerman, but it is to raise awareness in hopes of making others (and myself) better as a result of this disaster.
3 Become Better Lessons:
- Nothing good comes from feeding into stereotypes and profiling.
- Run in the opposite direction of trouble, don’t chase it for the sake of being a hero.
- Take care of home. There’s plenty of problems that can be cleaned up here in the United States.
We’ve got to do better. My prayers are with the Martin family.