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Can We Learn From The Trayvon Martin Incident?

Trayvon Martin and the power of a single action!

A routine outing to the local convenience store that many people do every day and not give a second thought to, turns ugly. How many of us have uttered the words “I’m going to run to the store quick, I’ll be right back”?

We do this with the intention of returning promptly without concern for our safety or the threat of harm. For Trayvon Martin, the quick run to the store turned into an event that has brought to light serious questions about how we view each other as human beings.

A single action can change your life

Trayvon Martin was only 17 when a shooting incident took his life.

The man accused of shooting him is a ‘neighborhood watch captain’ in a town just outside of Orlando, Florida.

I’m not going to speculate on how this could have happened, I’m not going to rant and rave about everyone’s right to bear arms much less a concealed weapon. I’m not going to complain about the people who are doing their jobs to bring justice to this incident.

What I am going to propose to you is this: Imagine yourself this boys age and your visiting your grandparents. It’s a place you’ve come to know quite well growing up. The smells, the feeling you get when they greet you and the sense of security you have while you’re their. You ask if you can run down to the store to get some candy. A place that you know the route by heart because when you were younger they would walk with you.

Now at any point and time while you were reading this did a moment of apprehension ever enter your mind?


4 Responses to Can We Learn From The Trayvon Martin Incident?

  • Wow Nick, after reading your post all I wanted to do was get a hold of our kids and give them a big hug. I hope a lot of people will read this and end up feeling the same way I do. Well done!

  • People need to wake up and ‘Drown in the Now’. This kind of thing happens every day. A big shout out to all those faceless victims that don’t get this kind of media attention. Props to the last line of this: Understand the power of a single action. deep stuff.

    • We were just talking about this and we came up with some ideas as to why. 1. The 911 tapes make it more personalized, therefore people feel more attached to it. 2. The pictures of this kid in a football jersey seems to add weight to how young he was.

  • Following nearly three weeks of testimony, a jury of six women in the George Zimmerman trial has found the former neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty of second-degree murder.
    He was also found not guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter, which the jury also weighed.


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