Did you know Trayvon Martin or do you know George Zimmerman personally? Do you have any ties to the case? If not, do you follow other trials for example: the James Holmes or Jodi Arias trials? Why was this particular trail something you found interesting?
With my job, it's hard not to follow breaking news stories such as James Holmes shooting up a theater or Jodi Arias killing her boyfriend but I can relate to this particular case because I am black and I have a step-son, cousins, nephews, and friends who could have easily been in Trayvon's shoes. Why? Because they are young, black men that may even dress like Trayvon would, i.e. wear a hoodie. Also, some of them are not perfect by any means, but do they still deserve the right to walk home at night while wearing a hoodie, and not be looked at as a suspect? HELL YES THEY DO AND SO DID TRAYVON.
Will you volunteer your time to raise awareness over what you feel is an injustice in relation to the outcome of this trial? Why or why not?
If the people who witnessed what happened at the trial can't make a conscious decision to change their actions and way of thinking, then honestly all the volunteering in the world won't do a damn thing. So, I'll answer this question with a quote from the movie "Notorious". "If you want to change the world, we first have to change ourselves". That's how I plan to raise awareness, by working on me and my actions.
5. The Nurse:
What race do you identify yourself with?
I am a RN. I am African American. I have followed the case from the beginning and signed the petition to at least get him investigated. I am unfortunately not surprised by the verdict. I do not believe that he racially profiled Trayvon but I do believe he criminally profiled Trayvon and based his decision on the fact that there had been break ins that has involved young African Americans and he thought he was going to have justice for his neighborhood. He just should have followed the instructions given to him by the 911 operator. I wasn't surprised on how the jury voted because of how GZ was portrayed. The fact is that had he not got out of his car and followed Trayvon there would never have been a fight and he wouldn't have felt the need to use deadly force. Our country is in turmoil right now over race issues and stereotyping that should not still exist in 2013
Did you know Trayvon Martin or do you know George
Zimmerman personally? Do you have any ties to the case? If not, do you follow
other trials for example: the James Holmes or Jodi Arias trials?
I do not know Trayvon or George Zimmerman personally. I have no ties to this case. I followed the Jodi Arias trials and thought what she did was despicable and uncalled for. She deserved the punishment that she received. This case was an interest just because of the fact that George Zimmerman could have avoided this altogether if he had not taken matters into his own hands. This mattered to me more because I am a mother and I have a young son and this could have easily happened to him if he were Trayvon's age.
Will you volunteer your time to raise awareness over what
you feel is an injustice in relation to the outcome of this trial?
I have attended some of the marches and I have and will again volunteer my time to raise awareness over this tragedy that did not have to occur. This is an injustice to not only the African American community but to other racial communities as well. Trayvon was a son he could have been anyone's child no matter what race or nationality. People should not feel as though they can decide to take the law into their own hands and disregard instructions given by law enforcement individuals.
And this nurse ended
with "thanks for valuing my opinion" and she actually made me feel glad that I
took the time to ask her questions.