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It's Been One Year Since Trayvon Martin's Death: Do You Think His Death Was a Race Issue?

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It's been one year since the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Florida on February 26, 2012.

As Zimmerman remains out of sight and prepares for a high-profile murder trial scheduled for June, Trayvon Martin's parents -- Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin -- are in the forefront setting up a vigil in New York City for their son's sad one-year anniversary.

The details of what exactly happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman one year ago are still unclear, but what do you think happened? Do you think Trayvon's death was race-related? Or was it a self-defense issue, as Zimmerman claims?

REUTERS.COM reports:
One year after the fatal Florida shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin sparked national debate about gun laws and racial profiling, his parents prepared for a solemn vigil in Manhattan on Tuesday as they continue to crusade for stricter gun laws.
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  • Sterling 2013/02/26 20:03:27
    No, it was a self-defense issue
    Sterling
    +76
    It wasn't a race issue until the media portrayed Zimmerman as a white man, and thugs started mindlessly targeting white people as "justice". The actual shooting had nothing to do with race, although I still can't know for sure whether or not it was truly self-defense.

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  • Madi 2013/08/05 20:42:36
    Yes, it was a race issue
    Madi
    +1
    Trayvon could have been wearing exactly what he was wearing, acting how he was acting or saying what he was saying, but if he was a white boy, Zimmerman would not have batted an eyelid in the first place.
  • meandbooth Madi 2013/09/19 12:30:35
    meandbooth
    And if said 'white boy' would have punched Z, then jumped on him, pounding his head on the sidewalk, do ya think Z would have shot him?
  • Madi meandbooth 2013/09/22 18:04:34
    Madi
    If he was a white boy, Zimmerman would have not followed nor interrogated him, and would've went home and none of this would have happened.
  • diane.m.mastrando 2013/04/30 04:30:39
    No, it was a self-defense issue
    diane.m.mastrando
    +3
    I don't believe that someone of the law would just shoot a child due to racial differences I believe that the officer felt threatened.
  • GoingFo... diane.m... 2013/05/03 07:48:40
    GoingForTheJugular
    +2
    He wasn't of the law or an officer.
  • diane.m... GoingFo... 2013/05/07 00:15:17
    diane.m.mastrando
    +2
    My bad Neighborhood watchman what difference does it make technically if you are a neighborhood watchman you are trying to assist the police to make sure our streets our safe. DUH
  • GoingFo... diane.m... 2013/05/07 00:51:47
    GoingForTheJugular
    +3
    Not at all the same. First, you're not allowed to confront, attempt to apprehend, or involve yourself with the criminal. Second, you are only supposed to report the crime or suspicion to the police and let them handle it. Third, you are not allowed to patrol with a firearm. These are common knowledge and they tell you this when you come on board.

    He didn't follow any of those rules at all.
  • meandbooth GoingFo... 2013/09/19 12:28:10
    meandbooth
    Are these "rules" online somewhere? Are they all the same for every neighborhood in America? In Florida? In Sandford? Oh! They are "common knowledge". You have no idea what you're talking about.
  • GoingFo... meandbooth 2014/02/08 03:48:42
    GoingForTheJugular
    Yes. They are standard for any neighborhood watch and you can find them on any neighborhood watch website.
  • Jenny H... diane.m... 2013/07/11 21:15:16
    Jenny Hurley
    +1
    A criminal who wants to rob a home is also a neighborhood watchman. Zimmerman had NO AUTHORITY to be a neighborhood watchman and people who live in the homes in that area said that he was NOT REPRESENTING them. Trayvon had skittles and a drink. Just how much power do you need for that? Zimmerman needs to be taken off the streets. Maybe you would like someone like that in your neighbor - I WOULD NOT!!!
  • meandbooth diane.m... 2013/09/19 12:31:43
    meandbooth
    +1
    Felt threatened? He was getting his head bashed on the sidewalk!
  • QUIS EVADET 2013/04/09 20:34:25 (edited)
    Yes, it was a race issue
    QUIS EVADET
    +3
    Zimmerman is a racist.

    Everything about Zimmerman, incident, and it's aftermath is a race issue... it has poisoned everything from the start, and it will have to be molecularly extracted and quantified every step of the way until the case is closed, and justice served.
  • Michael McFascist 2013/04/07 18:40:01
    Yes, it was a race issue
    Michael McFascist
    +4
    Yeah, more likely than not this would not have played out as it did if Trayvon had been white. But, I do think a charge of 2nd degree murder was a bit of prosecutorial overreach...a charge of manslaughter would have been more in line with what happened I think. Of course I'm no expert or anything.
  • Jenny H... Michael... 2013/07/11 21:17:56
    Jenny Hurley
    +1
    An innocent young man was killed in COLD BLOOD - would you think that it would be okay if your child was killed by Zimmerman? I consider Zim a BIGOT big time.
  • Michael... Jenny H... 2013/07/12 04:01:24
    Michael McFascist
    +1
    I agree with everything you just said with the exception being I really don't know Zimmerman so I can't say anything about how he feels about things like that. I think 2nd degree manslaughter is the appropriate sentence.
  • meandbooth Jenny H... 2013/09/19 12:23:12
    meandbooth
    Do you just pretend that TM didn't punch Z and then beat him? Is that how you get this opinion? Leave out major facts?
  • Jenny H... meandbooth 2013/09/19 16:10:33
    Jenny Hurley
    The Police Dispatcher TOLD the despicable Zimmerman to LEAVE HIM ALONE. - the Police would handle it. BUT NO - not to Zimmerman the King. EVEN the homeowner assn. for the Condos said that Zimmerman was not hired by them. Can anyone in Florida just shoot and kill a teenager who has Skittles and a coke? What EXACTLY was Trayvon doing to make Z kill him? How do YOU know that Zimmerman got that small - superficial cut on the back of his head from a fight? He needed an excuse for killing an unarmed teenager. And, then, later didn't Zimmerman's wife call the police on him?. Zimmerman WILL FACE GOD, just like you and I will. These are my opinions.
  • Jenny H... Michael... 2013/09/19 16:20:02
    Jenny Hurley
    How would you feel if your child was killed by Z? Should they have given Zimmerman a new car? A new house? (remember Z's wife called the police on him shortly after he KILLED TRAYVON MARTIN in COLD BLOOD). There was NO REASON for Z to have anything to do with Martin. Walking in a white neighborhood is not a crime if you are black - unless you are in Florida, evidently. Trayvon's loved ones will have a lifetime of heartache - it won't go away EVER.
  • Michael... Jenny H... 2013/09/19 16:48:35
    Michael McFascist
    +1
    Forrest Gump gifs
    Why r u doing this Jenny?
  • melly~thwarting Satan since... 2013/04/07 18:26:46
    Yes, it was a race issue
    melly~thwarting Satan since 1971
    +7
    If Trayvon had been a white kid with skittles in his hand, GZ wouldn't have looked twice.
  • GG 2013/03/20 02:49:10 (edited)
    Yes, it was a race issue
    GG
    +8
    I strongly feel that it was a race issue due to the fact that Zimmerman saw a black guy wearing a hoodie over his head (covered his head cause it was raining) walking & assumed that he was up to no good. There's no crime walking from the store talking on your cell phone. What did he do? Nothing! The 911 operator instructed him DO NOT FOLLOW HIM law enforcement on its way. He didn't heed and continued to follow Trayvon. Zimmerman came with the intent to shoot as he was strapped & came with a loaded gun. He may have felt he was above the law bcuz he was the neighborhood watchman. Trayvon had tea & a bag of skittles on him, Im sure Zimmerman did not feel threatened by that. Maybe he was feeling froggy that night & wanted to be recognized for thinking maybe he was on to something. Urrr pump your brakes!That does not justify pulling your gun out and shoot to kill if it was indeed a one on one fist fight. Zimmerman was getting his azz whooped! Shyt just fight it out til the po pos come. Po' Trayvon he didn't have a clue what was going on. Minding his own business walking from the store talking to his girl on the phone. He cant even defend his self. So Zimmerman can say anything he wants cuz there was no witnesses & it was raining so no one could really see clearly. Just heard screaming. ...&

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    I strongly feel that it was a race issue due to the fact that Zimmerman saw a black guy wearing a hoodie over his head (covered his head cause it was raining) walking & assumed that he was up to no good. There's no crime walking from the store talking on your cell phone. What did he do? Nothing! The 911 operator instructed him DO NOT FOLLOW HIM law enforcement on its way. He didn't heed and continued to follow Trayvon. Zimmerman came with the intent to shoot as he was strapped & came with a loaded gun. He may have felt he was above the law bcuz he was the neighborhood watchman. Trayvon had tea & a bag of skittles on him, Im sure Zimmerman did not feel threatened by that. Maybe he was feeling froggy that night & wanted to be recognized for thinking maybe he was on to something. Urrr pump your brakes!That does not justify pulling your gun out and shoot to kill if it was indeed a one on one fist fight. Zimmerman was getting his azz whooped! Shyt just fight it out til the po pos come. Po' Trayvon he didn't have a clue what was going on. Minding his own business walking from the store talking to his girl on the phone. He cant even defend his self. So Zimmerman can say anything he wants cuz there was no witnesses & it was raining so no one could really see clearly. Just heard screaming. The voice analysts confirmed that it definitely was not Zimmerman's voice screaming for help.These are all facts, unless the media made it up & put it out there.

    Zimmerman does not have any black DNA in him. His parents, one was white the other was of Hispanic origin. He's a short man, he has SMS-short man syndrome. Always trying to prove themselves. Racist? How would Zimmerman feel if the shoes were on the other foot. See a Hispanic man walking & someone thinks oh he's up to no good. Looks like he's scoping the place to rob a home or steal a car. That's the mindset alot of people have of different races. U see a Middle Eastern, or a Muslim, u automatically think he's a terrorist. That's my feeling/opinion on this story. I hope justice is served and it's not 'Just Us' as seen in many trials. Zimmerman is a fake and fraud. His wife too! Not reporting the amount of donated money received when asked at his bail hearing. Suppose to help pay for atty fees, security, living expenses, etc. He should have thought about the what ifs, the shoulda, coulda, wouldas, before going out there trying to be super neighborhood watchman. I have no pity for this loser! Lied then, lied to the police, lied to the judge, & still lying! He's just a liar and not credible at all!
    I feel for the parents and siblings of Trayvon Martin, also his gf. Im sure she's devastated having to hear it all talking on the phone to Trayvon. I hope justice is served with integrity & fairness. This young man's life was taken away. Trayvon Martin, may you R.I.P.
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  • Alacrity GG 2013/03/20 03:41:53
    Alacrity
    +8
    GG, these are my feeling exactly. I see this episode in the same light. The head wounds and bloody nose are cover-ups that rookie policemen/watchmen learn the first day... how to make it look like self defense. What a mess this trial will be. I'll be watching with you. Trayvonn martin
  • Tom Alacrity 2013/06/24 23:19:05
    Tom
    +2
    What are you suggesting, Mister, that Zimmerman allowed the police to rough him up to make look like self defense? That sound a bit far-fetched to me. The media has made this whole thing into a circus racists like you use it to bitch about how oppressed the black man is. YOU sound like a racist black guy with a chip on his shoulder. You're the typical left-wing racist who attaches race to everything. Racism goes both ways, you know. What if Martin were white? Would you feel the same then?
  • Alacrity Tom 2013/06/25 07:32:23 (edited)
  • Combat ... Tom 2013/06/29 20:08:33
    Combat Carl
    +1
    If Martin were any race, black, white, multicultural or any ethnicity on the earth it would still be wrong for him to be stalked by another human being of any race armed with a gun with the intent to intimidate another person. Especially if that is a youth armed only with skittles and a soft drink. We need to be more aware that there is really only one race,THE HUMAN RACE. If Zimmerman had kept his but in the truck instead of confronting the young man who was just trying to go home......THIS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.....at least not there. But you gun toting angry people( of any race present a problem to the safety and tranquility of the American ideal. This is not the wild west. We should put away the violent behavior that divides us as Americans. We are one of the most violent nations on earth. The first step is to ADMIT WE HAVE A PROBLEM. This is no longer a society that needs to defend itself against the BRITISH. WE ARE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY. WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE AND NOT HATE.!!!!!!
  • Jenny H... Tom 2013/07/11 21:20:14
    Jenny Hurley
    +1
    If you and a young teenager get into an altercation and you both wrestle to the CEMENT WALK - isn't that a good way to get a few scratches on your short haired head? Think about it. Cement is hard.
  • Tom GG 2013/06/24 23:09:00
    Tom
    Mr Zimmerman sustained lacerations to the back of his head and a broken nose. The media has neglected to publish this, except in a few instances. Such injuries suggest that the little angel, Martin, attacked Mr. Zimmerman with intent to do him serious injury or death, in which case Mr. Zimmerman had a right to use deadly force. Zimmerman's head lacerations are evidence that the little angel had Zimmerman on the ground and was pounding Zimmerman's head into the pavement. I don't that Zimmerman randomly picked out Martin and shot him. Even the police, who investigated the incident believed it was a case of self defense. Otherwise, Zimmerman would have been arrested and jailed. Shame on the media for making a circus out of the whole affair and trying to ruin a man's life! What should YOU think Zimmerman should have done-----allowed Martin to allow Martin to kill him? You know, having one's head pounded into pavement can cause serious skull fractures-----and death. Read the facts, Mama, before you spout!
  • Jenny H... Tom 2013/07/11 21:21:54
    Jenny Hurley
    +1
    Do your remember that Zimmerman was told by the Florida POLICE - to leave Trayvon alone? But no, Zimm the Bigot could not do that. I hope he goes to jail but I doubt it in Florida.
  • kenc.63 2013/03/20 01:50:57
  • cass 2013/03/12 17:11:56
    Yes, it was a race issue
    cass
    +3
    No doubt...
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/03/12 02:52:37
  • ProVega 2013/03/09 19:26:56
    Yes, it was a race issue
    ProVega
    +7
    Furthermore it was a GUN issue. If a man in these United States is so afraid to go out without a gun he should stay in his home.

    On the other hand if he wants to hunt people he should join the Army, but then he is probably too afraid to do that too.
  • jubil8 ... ProVega 2013/04/05 02:33:18
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +3
    He flunked his police test.
  • Jenny H... jubil8 ... 2013/07/11 21:23:26
    Jenny Hurley
    +1
    He will still answer to GOD. That will be his hard test.
  • Thomas G Towns 2013/03/09 14:08:44
    No, it was a self-defense issue
    Thomas G Towns
    +2
    Zimmerman's Grandmother is black. Wake up your being snowed by the raciest black press. The kid came around the complex and caught Zman and ghetto whipped him if you had a gun you would shot too.
  • Joey Thomas ... 2013/03/09 17:22:23
    Joey
    +5
    The black press LOL
  • Thomas ... Joey 2013/03/09 18:50:03 (edited)
    Thomas G Towns
    Excuse me Obamas press core.Zimmermans black relatives Grandma and grand dad Zimmermans black relatives
  • Joey Thomas ... 2013/03/09 19:18:08
    Joey
    +6
    Having some black in family does not mean you can not be racist .
  • Thomas ... Joey 2013/03/10 00:45:06
    Thomas G Towns
    +1
    So you are pulling the blacker then thou card.
  • Joey Thomas ... 2013/03/10 00:52:42
    Joey
    +4
    Nope .. at at all . Just pointing that fact that you can have black in your family and still be racist.
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