The similarities between Emmett Till’s murder and the murder of Trayvon Martin are daunting. In today’s society where every politician preaches equality and how they plan on changing the world it is disturbing that such a travesty can take place. Just to think of how far we, as a society, thought we have come along since the civil rights movement.
In 1955 a 14 year old African-American boy was kidnapped from his home and murdered by two adult Caucasian males, who were later released from prison.
Now, nearly 60 years later a 17 year old African American boy was killed by a member of a neighborhood watch because essentially he looked suspicious in his hoodie, blue jeans, and white sneakers. The fact that people are questioning if was an act of self-defense sickens me. George Zimmerman; the man who killed Trayvon Martin, has yet to be imprisoned.
The correlation of these two hate crimes really pains me because when I am walking around outside as an African-American in today’s society I have never thought about being racially profiled. Ever since Trayvon Martin’s murder I cannot help but to wonder if I look suspicious to the point someone would want to end my life.
After taking such a giant step forward in electing the first black president in 2008 this hate crime and the lack of action taking by the police is almost just as big of a step backwards.