by Michelle Emokpae.
Everybody’s talking about Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old from Florida who was murdered late last month on the way to his father’s house. He was walking eating skittles and talking to his girlfriend on the phone. While telling her that someone was following him, bullets pelted his flesh. To the horror of many–beginning with President Obama–the shooter, George Zimmerman, has not been arrested.
In solidarity, millions marched out with their hoodies up in New York City and Miami demanding for justice for Martin’s senseless, race-tinged killing. They want to see Zimmerman, a neighborhood block watch volunteer, punished.
What do CCNY students have to say about the murder? They’re up in arms.
“America’s priorities are off,” says Nnena Mecha, a biology major. “It is a disgrace. Someone can throw flour at Kim Kardashian and get arrested on the spot. But someone won’t get arrested for taking another human’s life?”
Many students are convinced the murder was related to race. “I think the Trayvon Martin case is a larger systematic problem of criminal injustice,” says Rakim Jenkins, a black studies major. “I mean everyone created equal didn’t include black people. That omission is reflected in today’s society.”
Adds Rella, an undecided major: “If he wasn’t a minority they would have taken faster action,” she says. “Based on the facts, Zimmerman is wrong.”
Others blame the media. “Media trains people to care about white deaths more Blacks,“ says computer science major, Jessica Varghas, “It is sad for someone to die so young.”
Tajake Aird prefers to cut through the media noise: “Justice, just justice.”