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I still don’t understand what Trayvon Martin was supposed to do. I’ve asked before, and received many confident answers; since the moment George Zimmerman shot him dead, there has been no shortage of loudly stated certainty about his actions and explanations of how it all ought to have gone.
Another interesting question in the Trayvon Martin – George Zimmerman case asked by Amy Davidson of the New Yorker (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/closeread/2013/07/what-should-trayvon-martin-have-done.html).
However, in my opinion this question misses the point. Would Zimmerman have not pulled the trigger if Martin hadn’t been black? What if he had worn a suit instead of a hoodie? Would he be still alive if he had been a girl? Would it have helped him to run away or even try to reason with Zimmerman? Maybe! Maybe not. Truth is, we don’t know for sure. However the real problem is that we even have to ask that question. The real problem is that one law leaves one citizen with all the rights while another has no choice at all. The real issue is that there is a law like the Stand Your Ground law that even makes people wonder what could have been different. I wonder, when will we stop discussing the would haves and could haves and finally focus on the future. What can we do so we’ll never have to ask this question again?