On February 6, 2012 an unarmed teenager named Trayvon Martin was killed in Sanford, Florida, and it seemed his killer, George Zimmerman was about to get off under the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law until a group of urban bloggers got wind of the story and the rest is history.
In one of the more tragic stories of 2012, the Trayvon Martin story divided Americans as much as it united us. You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t have an opinion on what they believe actually happened the night Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman lives crossed paths – even President Obama responded. The case continues to spark many debates on racism, justice, the media, gun control, and what it means to defend yourself. The outcome of this trail will continue to dominate 2013 as Judge Debra S. Nelson set Zimmerman’s trial date for June 10, 2013, and also ruled that any “stand your ground” hearing must be held by April 26, 2013.
We hope the senseless death of Trayvon will bring about change in the justice system for young, unarmed boys who look just like him.