Eric M. believes that although George Zimmerman pulled the trigger, it was our society that set Trayvon Martin up.
Our society continues to set up inner city black boys and young men for failure, by systematically ignoring them, leaving too many of them with few options beyond a life of cycling between unemployment, minimum wage jobs, and crime. As a result, more than any other demographic, they end up not graduating from high school, not going to college or getting any job skills training, getting arrested, and all too often, getting shot and killed.
All of which perpetuates the stereotypes and prejudice that drove the George Zimmermann’s apparent malice and the police’s callous indifference. Good kids trying to do the right thing like Treyvon Martin end up paying the price for what our society has created. George Zimmerman pulled the trigger but our society set Treyvon up.
That’s how I see it. Jane Velez-Mitchell of CNN Headline News (HLN) agrees. What do you think?