Evil begets evil, and violence begets violence. And the trial of George Zimmerman provided plenty enough suffering to go around.
All speculations, posturing, and tribalism aside, it’s important to regard the death of Trayvon Martin for what it was: a tragic situation for all parties involved. Who deserved to die? No one. It was a lethal confrontation that could have been avoided. But it happenend anyway.
Unfortunately, some saw it necessary to turn this tragedy into a race war, to paint Trayvon’s killing as an act of pure hate, to drag this simple case into the national limelight. And others sought to fight back, to “win” the race war for Zimmerman.
This brutal conflict has not been without its casualties. In particular, Trayvon Martin’s parents have gone through hell during the trial. As if the violent death of their child weren’t enough, the Martins were forced to relive every excruciating moment of the whole affair, in addition to suffering every criticism of their son that could paint him in a negative light, along with strong implications that he merely got what was coming to him.
That completely goes without mentioning the lasting implications of the race angle that was unfairly brought upon this whole case with an iron first. Will a black male youth have to live in constant fear of being instantly perceived as a threat, guilty until proven innocent? Will a law-abiding citizen have to take a second look at the appearance of his attacker before exercising his right to self-defense, fearing that, in the case of the wrong skin color, he could risk a near-lynching for defending his own life?
Because of the entire nation capitalizing on the tragic situation of Trayvon Martin, the whole affair caused even more harm and grief than a death should, some of it bearing lasting consequences into the future. Let’s not do that again.