Stand Your Ground: Fueling the violent fire that is racism in America
by tyler.walker on February 17, 2014 - 10:39pm
The author Gary Younge is making a valiant attempt to expose the violent acts of racism that are plaguing our country, through way of vigilante gun laws such as “stand your ground.” He points to George Zimmerman and his continued mistakes post-acquittal. This speaks volumes about the type of person who would use a self-defense plea in correlation with a law like “stand your ground” to justify an unjustified killing. Younge (2013) poses the idea on readers that there is more than a few isolated incidents such as Zimmermans, rather there is a trend developing in this country that we should focus on before violent racism takes a turn for the worst.
Younge’s point of view helps present some major points from the article, first where he points out that this violence is becoming a trend, he uses 2 examples around the time of the Zimmerman verdict where blacks were killed by whites in very grey-area situations. He also speaks of the sort of deadly cocktail that is stigma’s toward blacks, relaxed gun laws, and statues like “stand your ground.” This combination is believed to be in favor of incidents like Zimmerman’s, as well as his acquittal.
Reference: Younge, G. (2013). George Zimmerman's Way Is the American Way. Nation, 297(14), 1-3