Trayvon Martin: A Racial Profiling Case

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Why is it that a toddler does not know black or white? A toddler would be friends with another toddler of a different skin color and not think nothing of it. In these times, racial profiling is something that is getting out of hand. For example, in my opinion if Trayvon Martin was a different skin color that incident probably would have never happened. Not every young black kid is a thug and not every Muslim is a terrorist; this society we live in has to stop profiling people just because someone of their creed messed up. To begin with, exactly what does racial profiling mean? The use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense. (Oxford Dictionary) According to the graph below; the red states have no…show more content…
On February 26, 2012 George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch member from the Twin Lake gated community regularly patrolled the streets due to frequent criminal activities going on. ( On that tragic night, George Zimmerman reported a young man peering into windows, possibly with the intentions of burglarizing local homes. ( Trayvon Martin, just so happen to be going to the nearest 7-eleven to retrieve skittles and an Arizona iced tea. On this way back; walking between the homes, he was spotted by George Zimmerman who called the Police Department to report a suspicious person: "This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something," Zimmerman told the dispatcher. "It's raining, and he's just walking around looking about. Now he's coming towards me. He's got his hand in his waistband. And he's a black male...Something's wrong with him. Yup, he's coming to check me out. He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is...These assholes, they always get away." After letting the dispatch know this location, “Shit, he’s running.” "Are you following him?" the dispatcher asked. Zimmerman replied:…show more content…
Exactly what is terrorism? The use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. (Oxford Dictionaries) With the certain acts of terrorism, blame has been placed on the whole Muslim community. On September 11th,2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the pentagon and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and Arab nations. ( The terrorist attack brought the Islam nation into the spotlight. When Al-Qaeda, overseen by Osama bin Laden, claimed responsibility for the attacks, many feared Muslims in America would be targeted for retribution. Just days after September 11th, Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh, was shot at a gas station in Mesa, Arizona. The turban he was wearing as a tenet of his faith was mistaken for a “Muslim garment” and the murderer was seeking revenge for the terrorist attacks. Many people who “appeared to be” Muslim became the targets of discrimination and hate crimes.

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