I’m pretty sure that we’re all familiar with Trayvon Martin’s death and the Zimmerman trial, where George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Since the first moment when the news about the incident went viral, people began commenting about it on social media and sharing their perspectives on it, and whether they truly believed that Zimmerman was innocent or not, their opinions were very strong.
The reason why I’m bringing thisexample up is because through social media, people were making protests and organizing marches where they demanded justice on Trayvon’s behalf. A campaign started where all people were saying: “I am Trayvon,” thus showing their support and empathy towards the situation. There’s two basic points to this protest:
- Don’t act on assumption.
- Violence is never the answer.
Zimmerman assumed Martin was up to no good, and he took matters into his own hands, but Martin was actually just a teenager who waswalkingbackfrom a 7-Eleven, with no intentions of committing any sort of crime. However Zimmerman didn’t stop to think about that possibility. He judged Martin at first sight and acted irrationally based on his assumptions. Things aren’t always what they seem, and despite this being an overused cliché, it’s true.
Also, violence should never be the answer to anything. Zimmerman used a gun against Martin, when the teenager hadn’t even made any attempts of hurting him, yet he got shot and died shortly. This situation made many people rise up and protest against the use of guns and the violence it promotes.
That’s when the “Million Hoodies March” happened. People went out into the streets and were wearing hoodies in representation of Trayvon Martin. They demanded justice for Trayvon’s death and spoke up against gun use.