17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by "neighborhood guardian"

Smashgoom202

Dry Bowser
Retired Wiki Staff
I just heard about this, and felt the need to share it:

http://www.change.org/petitions/prosecute-the-killer-of-17-year-old-trayvon-martin

A 17-year-old black teen was shot down while going to a convenience store to pick up some Skittles for his brother and some iced tea. George Zimmerman, local police officer (I think...) and self-appointed "neighborhood watch leader", saw him walking from the store, and reported it as "suspicious", then shot him in the chest... even though he was told to do nothing until other officers arrived. He claimed it was in self-defense, even though he was completely unarmed

Yeah, and yet people wonder why we still talk about racism these days. :-\
 

Bop1996

Power Star
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Re: 17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by officer

That is tragically idiotic on the part of the shooter. That about sums it up.
 

Toad85

MarioKartRPG
Re: 17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by officer

Reminds me of that one image from the Vietnam war.
 

Mario4Ever

A price for everything.
Retired Wiki Staff
Re: 17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by officer

I remember that. What a dumbass the shooter is.
 

ralphfan

Thank you based god
Re: 17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by officer

Stories like these are often heavily fabricated, but I agree with this one. Trayvon Martin should still be alive. This is a tragedy. My thoughts go out to his family.
 

Propeller Toad

Dislikes the amount of neglect Toad receives...
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This is extremely saddening news. The most tragic part of this young teenager's death was that he was an innocent citizen who was just going through a regular life until another took away his life due to his race. It is sad to see how strong stereotypes continue to live even in today's world.
 

Dark Light

Cherries and Berries
Re: 17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by officer

This guy should get sent to jail for a lifetime
 

Smashgoom202

Dry Bowser
Retired Wiki Staff
Re: 17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by officer

BEEEEEAAARRRS said:
People wonder why we still talk about racism?
Yeah, there are certain people who think racism "went away" after the civil rights movement, and that there's no more racism anywhere in today's culture. This usually comes from younger white kids and teens who don't seem to know any better, though...

Also, I misread the story, the guy who shot the boy wasn't an officer. He was just some guy who decided to take the "law" into his own hands... So really, there's no excuse not to arrest this guy.
 

Dark Light

Cherries and Berries
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Smashgoom202 said:
BEEEEEAAARRRS said:
People wonder why we still talk about racism?
Yeah, there are certain people who think racism "went away" after the civil rights movement, and that there's no more racism anywhere in today's culture. This usually comes from younger white kids and teens who don't seem to know any better, though...
It's quite similar to some people who think slavery doesn't exist today.
 

Guiliant

Shine Sprite
Re: 17-year-old unarmed black teen shot by officer

BEEEEEAAARRRS said:
People wonder why we still talk about racism?
^

I see (hear?) people still talk about it and how it is still a problem all the time, this is probably the first time I've heard someone say that lol
 

Scarecrow von Steuben

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Loganofan20 said:
Reminds me of that one image from the Vietnam war.
The shooting in that picture was actually justified (thanks to Cracked for that info) but this isn't the place to discuss that right now.

Smashgoom202 said:
This usually comes from younger white kids and teens who don't seem to know any better, though...
Or modern conservative politicians. They have about the same maturity as little kids, though, so you got that part right.
 

Smashgoom202

Dry Bowser
Retired Wiki Staff
More info on the situation

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/14/trayvon-martin-sanford-florida_n_1345868.html

Lee has said he will not arrest Zimmerman because there is no evidence to suggest the shooting was anything other than self-defense. But the Martin family's attorneys and black community leaders have said the teenager was profiled and targeted because he was young and black.
To quote a good friend of mine, "Don't they have to prove it WAS self defence? Holy shit WTF, this is wrong on so many levels..."
 

Dr. Javelin

Nathan Latsk
You know, not to downplay how tragic this is, but if it had been a white kid who got shot by a white guy there wouldn't be nearly as much fuss.

Because there have been so many false accusations of racism as a drive for crimes, I'm reluctant to blame this on racism unless someone can actually prove that the shooter had past indications of racist behavior.

Perhaps we all should be focusing on the sadness of this instead of yelling "RACIST RACISM BLARGH".
 

Smashgoom202

Dry Bowser
Retired Wiki Staff
Dr. Javelin said:
Perhaps we all should be focusing on the sadness of this instead of yelling "RACIST RACISM BLARGH".
Can't they be one in the same? The most tragic thing about this story is not JUST the death of this poor kid, but that his killer still walks free! This guy hasn't been arrested, and you can BET that if the roles were reversed, that if Zimmerman was a black guy and Trayvon Martin was white, he would have been arrested in a heartbeat, instead of being let go the same damn day!

Oh, BTW, more info on the subject:

 

Scarecrow von Steuben

I'm very friendly.
Dr. Javelin said:
You know, not to downplay how tragic this is, but if it had been a white kid who got shot by a white guy there wouldn't be nearly as much fuss.

Because there have been so many false accusations of racism as a drive for crimes, I'm reluctant to blame this on racism unless someone can actually prove that the shooter had past indications of racist behavior.

Perhaps we all should be focusing on the sadness of this instead of yelling "RACIST RACISM BLARGH".
The kid was shot because he "looked suspicious" when in fact he wasn't doing anything remotely wrong. Black people as criminals is a stereotype that a lot of people believe. The shooter obviously thought the kid was going to commit a crime or do something terrible. I really don't see how it couldn't be about race.
 

Toad85

MarioKartRPG
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Nosferatu Man said:
Loganofan20 said:
Reminds me of that one image from the Vietnam war.
The shooting in that picture was actually justified (thanks to Cracked for that info) but this isn't the place to discuss that right now.
Yeah, I know. I just was reminded of it. :P

Also, per Smashgoom's response to Javelin.
 

Dr. Javelin

Nathan Latsk
Nosferatu Man said:
Dr. Javelin said:
You know, not to downplay how tragic this is, but if it had been a white kid who got shot by a white guy there wouldn't be nearly as much fuss.

Because there have been so many false accusations of racism as a drive for crimes, I'm reluctant to blame this on racism unless someone can actually prove that the shooter had past indications of racist behavior.

Perhaps we all should be focusing on the sadness of this instead of yelling "RACIST RACISM BLARGH".
The kid was shot because he "looked suspicious" when in fact he wasn't doing anything remotely wrong. Black people as criminals is a stereotype that a lot of people believe. The shooter obviously thought the kid was going to commit a crime or do something terrible. I really don't see how it couldn't be about race.
I haven't seen any details either confirming or denying that it was based on that stereotype, so I'm keeping an open mind about it.
 

yoshidude99

Yoshidude is here
What I want to know if why he thought someone walking into a shop was suspicious. Seriously loads of people walk into shops.
 
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