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S: Trayvon Martin Case

FC: By: Aleisha Williams, Latosha Green-Woods, Hannah McMillan | Trayvon Martin Case

1: 1 Million Hoodie March For Trayvon Martin Los Angeles On March 26, 2012 Taken By: Ted Soqui © Ted Soqui/Corbis | 1 Million Hoodie March For Trayvon Martin Los Angeles On March 26, 2012 Taken By: Ted Soqui © Ted Soqui/Corbis

2: Demonstrators hold rally for justice In Trayvon Martin case - New York On April 10, 2012 Taken By: viewpress Vp ©viewpress Vp/Demotix/Corbis | North Texas calls for justice in death of teen Trayvon Martin On March 26, 2012 Taken By: Richard Michael Knittle Sr. © Richard Michael Knittle Sr./Demotix/Corbis

3: Students March for Justice for Trayvon Martin On March 27, 2012 Taken By: Leigh Vogel © Leigh Vogel/Corbis | Marchers demand Justice for Trayvon Martin On March 25, 2012 Taken By: Parker Haeg © Parker Haeg/Demotix/Corbis

4: Students Stage Sit In on Sanford Police Department- Sanford On Apirl 9, 2012 Taken By: Barry Kirsch

5: A Million Hoodies march for Trayvon Martin - San Francisco On March 21, 2012 Taken By: Steve Rhodes © Steve Rhodes/Demotix/Corbis

6: Students stage sit-in at Sanford Police Department - Sanford On April 9, 2012 Taken By: Barry Kirsch © Barry Kirsch/Demotix/Corbis

7: NAACP DC Branch and School Without Walls students March for Justice for Trayvon Martin On March 27, 2012 Taken By: Leigh Vogel © Leigh Vogel/Corbis

8: Trayvon Martin Memorial On March 22, 2012 Taken By:Kathleen Flynn © Flynn, Kathleen/ZUMA Press/Corbis

9: Trayvon Martin march and rally in Sanford On March 26, 2012 Taken By: Barry Kirsch © Barry Kirsch/Demotix/Corbis

10: Social Problem: Injustice of Trayvon Martin Case The social problem that I will discuss will be the case of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin vs. George Zimmerman a 28 year old man that unjustly murdered an unarmed young-man. First I will begin by discussing the case of Trayvon Martin and the events leading up to his murder. I will also talk about how varies social theories play a role in this social problem. This paper will mainly discuss how the man that was accused of the murder of Trayvon Martin was driven by his own stereotypical biases; which lead to the brutal slaying of this young boy. The main topics that I will discuss will be how communication or the lack of communication can ultimately lead to many other cases like Trayvon Martin’s. One of the social theories that I will discuss will be Social Movement theory and how this theory relates to social change. Racism and race are social constructs that are human inventions. Over the years human have developed a society that is prejudice and that uses economic disparities and race to feel superior to

11: others. In this paper I will examine how humans have a need to want to feel superior to others that are not like them and how they justify these behaviors. On February 26th 2012 around 7:00 p.m. George Zimmerman a volunteer neighborhood watch captain made a 911 call to authorities saying that he was falling a suspicious man and the police officer told him not to follow the man through this gated community. Stories report that Zimmerman began to follow Martin from a convenience store were he purchased skittles and iced tea. At 7:10 p.m. Martin made a phone call to his girlfriend stating that he was being followed from an unknown man and that he did not know why. Within minutes of that phone call at approximately 7:25 p.m. Martin was pronounced dead with a gun shot to his chest. This seventeen-year-old boy was gunned down and no one even phoned his family to let them know that their child had been killed. Zimmerman stated that he was defending himself from this seventeen-year-old boy that was confused as to why he was even being followed. Police authorities made no attempt

12: for months to arrest Zimmerman because they said Zimmerman was well in his rights to defend his self because a law that is called the stand your ground law. In Sanford, Florida this law prohibits you to defend yourself against In looking at the facts of the case and the 911 call that was made Zimmerman stated that he felt that his life was in jeopardy but police authorities verbally told him not to follow the young man. Another fact in the case is that Martin was coming from the convenience store unarmed talking on the phone with his girlfriend and had no intention of doing any harm to Zimmerman but was in fact scared for his own safety. Finally, the 911 call pointed out that Zimmerman under his breath called Martin “These fucking coons,” which is a racial slur. Some news reports say that because Martin was wearing a hoody, Zimmerman felt that he was harmful, but on that particular day in question it was raining. George Zimmerman ran from justice for an extended period of time and it took the acts of millions people around the world to protest for the justice of Trayvon Martin. Millions of students and protesters

13: protesters around the world rallied to help this young man get the justice that he deserves. The police officers in this case failed Trayvon because they failed to take action against Zimmerman. Zimmerman was not arrested until some time in April and was arraigned April 11th, 2012 for second-degree murder for the of Trayvon Martin and was later released on a 150,000 bond after apologizing to the Martin family for killing their young son. Some creative methods that could be down to combat this issues is by making it a public platform for all people to talk about. Racisms and prejudices exist because people feel that they are different are superior to the other party. I think that by holding open conference besides these rallies would be a positive step in helping future families. There are many organizations that are dedicated to spreading awareness about prejudice by bringing programs in to combat the problems of inequalities. I think that from a creative stand point their should be more people that are not afraid to talk about these these issue's and problems on media outlets such as tweeter

14: and Facebook. I think that by getting more and more young people involved in combating the problem we will be able to change societies mindsets for future generations to come. We can see that hatred and racism are taught and that these characteristics of a person's mindset are learned behaviors and are not human nature. Racism has been passed down from generation to generation and the only way to stop these differences of opinions is by encouraging people to form new ones on their own and not look at humans as labels. Labeling Theory states that it isn't the criminal or his or her act that is important, but the audience that labels the person or act as “criminal”. As the new generation of thinkers we have to choose to look at things with fresh eyes and not let the past dictate how the world has to be in the future. Society is changing because of educational programs that promote diversity because it allows students to see that we are not so different. In conclusion, the Trayvon Martin case is still under investigation and Zimmerman has not been found guilty or not guilty as of yet. It is hard to say whether are not will be

15: acquitted for an unjust and unfounded murder that he has committed but I think that this case like many others would have been overlooked if it wasn't for the people that stood up for the justice of this young man. Trayvon Martin wasn't any different than any other child is apart of a minority who happens to wear a hoody on a rainy day. Social problems like this one exist because of prejudice and the stereotypes that people have when they see a black person or some one that is not exactly like them. People that view inequalities form an functionalist perspective feels that inequalities are necessary for the social order because one party may be more important because of their function but I can not agree with that statement especially when you look at the case of Trayvon Martin. Racism is defined as the belief that certain racial or ethnic groups are inferior and discriminatory practices against them are justified. In Martin’s case because the police failed to do anything to Zimmerman because of the Stand your ground law they made America see that racism continues to exist and that he felt that he was justified in taking another human

16: life. In this case Zimmerman carried out individual discrimination toward Martin because he targeted a young black male because he was wearing a hoody and followed him against the advice of the police. Leon-Gurerrero states that blacks have had one of the highest violent crime victimization rates since 1973.

17: Work Cited Fausset, Richard (2012). George Zimmerman released on bond in Trayvon Martin killing. http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-george-zimmerman-released-20120420,0,4624254.stor. (April 27, 2012). Leon-Guerrero, Anna. (2011). Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action (3rd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, SAGE Publications. Timeline of Events in Trayvon Martin Case (2012). CNN Wire Staff. http://articles.cnn.com/2012-04-23/justice/justice_florida-zimmerman- timeline_1_gated-community-gunshot-martin-punches?_s=PM: JUSTICE April 23,2012

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