To catch you up: A seventeen-year-old boy was murdered in cold blood by a neighborhood watch volunteer. For walking down the street with a pack of Skittles and an iced tea. And the murderer has not been charged with a crime.
Guess what race Martin was, and guess what race the neighborhood watch guy was. Go ahead. Post-racial society my ass.
He was my daughter's age. I spent my weekend watching kids his age put on a musical. My house is perpetually full of them.
He cried out for help. There were witnesses. He cried out for help, and he was shot in the chest.
It's too large for me to write about right now, this boy my daughter's age, my daughter's friends' ages, murdered in the damn street. I can't encompass it. I leave you with links.
* Killing Of Fla. Teen Trayvon Martin Becomes National Story About Race
* How did a kid armed with Skittles and an ice tea get gunned down by an overeager neighborhood watch captain? And why didn't police detain shooter George Zimmerman?
* Voices: Justice For Trayvon Martin
* What Everyone Should Know About Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
* The Atlantic's coverage by Ta-Nehisi Coates
* The Justice Department Civil Rights Division and the FBI Will Investigate Trayvon Martin Killing