The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It
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Many thought the election of our first African American president put an end to the conversation about race in this country, and that America had moved into a post-racial era of equality and opportunity. Then, on the night of February 26, 2012, a black seventeen-year-old boy walking to a friend’s home carrying only his cell phone, candy, and a fruit drink, was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch coordinator.
And in July 2013, the trial of Zimmerman for murder captivated the public, as did his eventual acquittal.
In her provocative and landmark book, Suspicion Nation, Lisa Bloom, who covered the trial from gavel to gavel, posits that none of this was a surprise: Our laws, culture, and blind spots created the conditions that led to Trayvon Martin’s death, and made George Zimmerman’s acquittal by far the most likely outcome.
America today holds an unhealthy preoccupation with firearms that has led to the expansion of gun rights to surreal extremes. America now has not only the highest per capita gun ownership rate in the world (almost one gun per American), but the highest rate of gun deaths. Despite the strides America has made, fighting a bloody Civil War to end slavery, eradicating Jim Crow laws, teaching tolerance, and electing an African American president, racial inequality persists throughout our country, in employment, housing, education, the media, and most institutions. And perhaps most destructively of all, racial biases run deep in every level of our criminal justice system. Suspicion Nation captures a court system and a country conflicted and divided over issues of race, violence, and gun legislation.
I had been haunted by the verdict of the Trayvon Martin trial. Why had the prosecutors presented such a egregious case? Maybe because they never wanted to charge this case in the first place? It was for show!! Lisa Bloom's Suspicious Nation is a MUST read!!! While race was very much apart of the case, as Lisa mentions, that fact along with many crucial pieces of evidence were overlooked. She explains the "totality of circumstances" in which the SA office flagrantly handled this case. Wether you support the verdict or not, Suspicious Nation is certainly an eye opener!!
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This book really allows you to go more in depth in understanding the Trayvon Martin verdict. The second half do the books talks about the in justices of America and for people who do not understand what they are, this is a good resource and read to understand. Do not feel sorry for the death of Trayvon, do not be mad a the not guilty Zimmerman, make a movement and continue to let your voices be heard. Start a movement and don't continue to produce moments.
- Category: Social Science
- Published: Feb 25, 2014
- Publisher: Counterpoint
- Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English