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I asked some of my Facebook friends about their opinion to the Trayvon Martin verdict

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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.

The Development Associate:

Where are you from?

New York City

What race do you identify yourself with?

Black - Afro Caribbean

Have you followed the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman Case? If so, are you surprised by the verdict?

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Yes. I was not surprised by the verdict because even on the day Zimmerman murdered Martin, he was not arrested. They let him go straight home. That showed me how seriously they would take this issue in Central Florida. Also, I used to live in that area and I know the vigilante culture that is present there. I know that Floridians still see this kid [Trayvon Martin] as a threat to the community and up to no good despite the fact that he was unarmed and just coming back from the store with junk food. I just hope that this case gets moved up to the federal level, that there is a following civil suit, and that states repeal their 'Stand Your Ground' laws. (As it stands, you can approach someone with a weapon and initiate a fight, and if they fight back, you can legally kill them.)

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? Why was this particular trail something you found interesting?

I do not normally follow high-profile cases and I do not personally know either party, but I do know people similar to Zimmerman and Martin. I know people that are overzealous vigilantes looking to find a 'criminal' and shoot them (we have a serious cowboy-culture issue here in the U.S.) and often are looking for 'suspicious-looking' people (who often turn out to be minorities that aren't wearing business attire). And I know people that are minorities that are often terrified that people will look at them and assume they are a criminal and that puts them in danger. Even growing up as a minority in relatively wealthy areas on the east coast, I am often afraid if I'm in a neighborhood where I don't look like I belong. I'm more scared for my life walking alone at night in these areas than I am in some of New York's most dangerous neighborhoods. My parents have always told me that I have to be extra careful because I am a minority and that I might get racially profiled by police or vigilantes. I always thought that it was just because they were living in 1980s New York when they were in their 20's, and that things were different now. I only recently realized that the reason I hadn't experienced any of this is because my parents carefully chose our neighborhoods when we lived in Central Florida and North Metro Atlanta. But upon graduating college and moving out, I've been able to see what they were talking about all over the country. I travel a lot and I'm very careful of where I go. I don't leave my car in rural areas or places where I don't see other visible minorities. For me, the verdict of this case means that I have to continue to be scared, because anyone that intends to profile and attack a person that doesn't look like they belong will know that they can continue to intimidate people with impunity. How can I be sure that I won't get profiled/followed/attacked/killed next time I am walking down the street in a hoodie?

  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?

Yes. I'm already a natural protester and I attend a lot of protests over variety of issues. On Sunday I went to a protest in New York, and I intend to attend many more. Justice was not served. And the message coming out of Florida seems to be: "It's okay to take the law into your own hands, and if you're wrong and kill someone that's okay; it's better to kill a hundred innocent persons than to let one criminal into our neighborhood"

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Say what you will about the responses you read and although I don't share the same views with a few of the people with the answers given above, it is obvious to me that this trial meant more to some than it being just an unarmed black kid getting shot to death by a mixed man in Florida and nobody has a right to tell them otherwise.

 There are those that are slighted by the system and the historical track record of our country has not been fair and it would be sheer ignorance to claim that things are equal today.  But how can we move forward from here in a way that properly honors the memory of Trayvon Martin? 

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