In recent years, one of the most incendiary and shameful things to have happened in the United States was the senseless killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
The media played a dual role in the months and years to come, simultaneously sharing Trayvon’s tragic story with the country and world after no arrest was made for the murder, as well as exposing misleading and slanted half truths about the teenager’s persona largely based on his social media presence.
And yet the night Trayvon died at the hands of local neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was only the beginning of a series of events that would spiral the nation into what felt like an all-out race war, reminiscent of the Civil Rights era.
Now Zimmerman is making headlines again because he actually attempted to sell the gun he used in Trayvon’s murder.
These are the disgusting details:
Stand Your Ground
February 26, 2012 was a night that would go down in American history, igniting a fire of racial tension in the country for years to come.
17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking back from a 7-Eleven to his father’s fiancée’s townhouse in The Retreat at Twin Lakes gated community in Sanford, Florida when volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman first saw him. Feeling he looked suspicious, Zimmerman called the local police and then approached Martin himself.
Though we may never know what truly happened next, Zimmerman alleges that he and Trayvon got into a struggle, and as the boy was punching him in the face, Zimmerman fatally shot him.
Zimmerman was originally brought into police custody for questioning, and his Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm semi-automatic pistol was placed into evidence. After several hours, he was released from custody with no charges, as per his claim of self defense.
As the media and nation erupted into anger and debate over the true happenings of that night, both the State and FBI became involved in the investigation, and the story would go on to get more coverage than the 2012 presidential election. When George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the charge of second-degree murder after a one-day trial in June, 2013, the American public was outraged.
Along with other race issues of the time, the murder of Trayvon Martin led directly to the birth of the Black Rights Matter movement. And now, over four years later, George Zimmerman has done the unthinkable.