Let's face it...there are a lot of different aspects about this tragedy that we could dispute if we wanted to. And folks have been doing just that ever since the trial began. Losing FB friends over it and everything. Funny how controversial cases seem to that effect on people. So it wouldn't surprise me if I lose a contact over two over the stance I'm about take about this perspective of the Trayvon situation. But I just couldn't sit quiet any longer. This comparison was just irking the heck out of me.
There's no doubt that what happened to Trayvon Martin was a tragedy that could have easily been avoided. There was no reason for him to get murdered. But to say that Trayvon is this generation's Emmett Till is flat out ludicrous. In fact, I'm going to go as far as to say it is down right irresponsible. Not to mention disrespectful to the memory of Emmett Till.
Till was brutally beaten and murdered by a gang of white men for whistling at a white woman. They did not like the fact that this young Black man did not know his place in the segregated South. He was supposed to behave as a second class citizen. They wanted to teach him a lesson while also sending a message to any and all other Black folks who would even think about doing something similar. There could not have been a more clear example of a racially motivated murderous crime than his untimely demise.
Trayvon was killed by a Latino man who overstepped the bounds of his job description. There was no gang of men involved. He wasn't intentionally tortured before he was eventually murdered. And I'm pretty sure that even the anti-Zimmerman advocates would have to agree that it was not Zimmerman's intent to go out that night searching for Trayvon to kill him.
We have seen some pretty horrific crime cases in recent years, but fortunately there has not been one that can equate to the Till tragedy. Is that to say that we will not see that in our generation? Heck no. Anything can happen in this day and age. But one thing is 100% certain and that is Trayvon's death was in NO way the equivalent of the Till crime. The ONLY thing they had in common is both of them were Black teenagers. That was it. Any other attempt to draw comparisons is simply grasping for straws.
Move along...nothing more to see here...