justice_for_trayvon_story_vocab_and_discuss by dandanhuanghuang


									                   Justice Demanded in the Death of Trayvon Martin/Vocabulary
Demanded: wanted or asked for in a strong way

Labeled: to describe and judge someone’s behavior based on how they look, stereotype them

Racial profiling: pick someone out and accuse them of something because they are from a certain ethnic or
racial group. Example: African American men are stopped by police more often because the stereotype is that
they commit more crimes.

Commit a crime: do a crime; steal kill or hurt property or someone

Suspicious: not willing to trust someone or something

Gated community: a neighborhood that has security gates so that unwanted people are kept out

Triggerman: person who is shooting, holding the gun

Consequences: results

Vigilante: an unofficial way of being a member of a group that punishes suspected criminals

Dispatcher: person who gives message over a phone or other form of news

To stand out: something shows more strongly when compared to other things

To be armed: to have guns

Altercation: a physical fight between people

“Squeaky clean” never had a problem on record, no criminal background

Battery: assault, using physical force to hurt someone

Resist arrest: forcefully not let an officer arrest you if he/she says, “ you are under arrest”

Troubling: having a feeling that it is not right

Condone: to approve of a behavior that most people think is wrong

Enforcement: the act of making sure the law is followed

Acquit: to say that someone didn’t do a crime

Outraged: very angry

Conscience: the set of feelings that tell you whether what you are doing is morally right or wrong

Incarcerated: to be put in jail

Investigation: an official look into the problems of a situation
STORY: Justice Demanded in the Death of Trayvon Martin
March 21, 2012
Marc H. Morial
President and CEO
National Urban League
“Everybody is outraged. There is no justice in this.” - Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon Martin

 Justice Demanded in the Death of Trayvon Martin
Being a young black man has been called the hardest job in America. Young black men are
much more likely than white men to be jobless, in jail and labeled “suspicious,” sometimes with
deadly consequences. Such was the case on February 26th, when 17-year-old high school
student, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by a white neighborhood-watch vigilante in
Sanford, Florida. The shooter, George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white Hispanic, noticed
Trayvon walking through his gated community and called 911 to report a suspicious person.
Instead of following the dispatcher’s instructions and ending his involvement there,
Zimmerman continued following Trayvon. An altercation ensued and Trayvon was shot.
Zimmerman claimed self defense and has not been charged with a crime. Trayvon’s parents are
both heartbroken and outraged. As Benjamin Crump, the family’s lawyer put it, “If Trayvon
would have been the triggerman, it’s nothing Trayvon Martin could have said to keep police
from arresting him Day 1, Hour 1.”

                                        Of the many unanswered questions in this case, two stand
out. First, Trayvon Martin, who had just stopped off at a convenience store, was armed only
with a bag of Skittles and a can of ice tea. George Zimmerman, who weighed over 100 pounds
more than the victim, was armed with a 9 millimeter handgun. Even if there was a physical
altercation between the two, why was such deadly force necessary?

Second, one of the reasons the police gave for not immediately arresting Zimmerman was that
he had a “squeaky clean” record. A few days later it was discovered that Zimmerman had been
arrested in 2005 for resisting arrest with battery on a police officer. Trayvon Martin, on the
other hand, had no criminal record.

These and other troubling facts have led the Central Florida Urban League and others, to call on
the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice to conduct an independent
investigation. Central Florida Urban League president and CEO, Allie Braswell said, “A
private citizen taking law enforcement into his own hands cannot be condoned. If it is found
that a crime has been committed, the shooter must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the
law.” This case is now generating national attention and we will be following it closely.

We do not know for sure why George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. But we do know,
according to a 2011 College Board report, that 45 percent of African American high school
graduates between the ages of 15 and 24 will end up “unemployed, incarcerated or dead.” We
also know that the murder of innocent black men in the American South is nothing new. Fifty-
seven years ago, the white murderers of 14-year old Emmitt Till in the Mississippi Delta were
acquitted of the crime in a clear case of racial injustice.

As the father of a 10-year old African American son, I join all African American parents and
Americans of conscience everywhere in calling for an end to the war against young black men
and a thorough investigation of the death of Trayvon Martin.

Source URL: http://www.iamempowered.com/node/24187

Discussion Questions:

What is racial profiling? Why are people calling this a case of racial profiling?

   1. How old was Treyvan Martin? What was he doing on February 26th?

   2. How old is George Zimmerman? What did he claim happened on February 26th?

   3. Why hasn’t George Zimmerman been arrested? What should he be prosecuted for,
      according to the Urban League?

   4. What did the lawyer of the parents mean when he said, “If Trayvon would have been the
      triggerman, it’s nothing Trayvon Martin could have said to keep police from arresting
      him Day 1, Hour 1.”

   5. Watch the ABC news and read the article on our Class Web Page for more recent
      comments. Does the news media show the whole story in a fair and equal way?

   6. Discuss what each side is saying and doing.
Questions                     Trayvon Martin’s   George Zimmerman’s
                              Supporters         Supporters
How old and how big is each
What happened physically
to each person?

What is each side claiming?

What does each side say
happened… in the gated

What does each side say
happened at the car

Are there quotes from
witnesses to the scene?

Who said what?

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