April 16, 2012

Justice for All

Last week, after 45 days of public and private outrage, protest marches, and over a million signatures in online petitions calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, Zimmerman was finally arrested and charged with the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin.  Zimmmerman will appear for his formal arraignment on May 29, 2012.

Hours after hearing that his son's murderer had finally been arrested, Tracy Martin announced
"We got a long way to go, and we have faith," he said. "From the first time we marched, I looked to the sky and I told myself, 'When I walk, I will walk by faith.' We will continue to hold hands on this journey -- white, black, Hispanic -- and continue to march and march until the right thing is done."
In my previous post, I implored Americans not to allow this to happen, not to allow Zimmerman to murder someone's child with impunity.  I am relieved and pleasantly surprised that Americans all over the country - black, white, Hispanic, Asian, old, and young - stood up and let their voices be heard.  45 days after Trayvon Martin was murdered because he "looked suspicious," we are watching the American justice system finally begin to work.

And once Zimmerman is sentenced for the murder of Trayvon Martin, we can begin to chip away at the infamous and insidious "Stand-Your-Ground" Law that empowered Zimmerman to become judge and jury in the first place.