Article on Trayvon Martin, Response to Article and the use of Race.

by conor on September 9, 2015 - 11:40am

            In the article “U.S. Won’t File Charges in Trayvon Martin Killing” by Lizette Alvarez, published in February 24th, 2015 from the New York Times it describes how a police officer used racial profiling and “stereotyping” to shoot and kill and unarmed teenager in Florida because he was supposedly seemed to be up to criminal behavior even though at the young age of 17 years old.  It is also said that George Zimmerman the police officer followed Martin because he seemed suspicious of criminal behavior, and then got over powered by a 17-year-old boy and then in self-defense shot him repeatedly. The officer Zimmerman used the idea of race and stereotyping to accuse Trayvon Martin of being a criminal just because of is skin color. This can also relate to what Curnoe says and discribes in his article.


I had previously heard about this topic in the past. After reading your post I did my own research to further understand the incident. Racial profiling and stereotyping could have been avoided through utilitarianism in the case of Trayvon Martin. An action that is right will generates the most happiness for the greatest amount of people. (summum bonum)

Trayvon Martin was killed due to "suspicious behavior". George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin got into an altercation. George Zimmerman would proclaim self-defense for shooting him. Trayvon Martin should have not died under such prejudice. He was just a young black 17 year old boy.
Racial profiling and stereotyping were used by George Zimmerman's lack of character. There is no place for racism in this world. Trayvon Martin should not have been viewed by the color of his skin but as a person. A human being of equality among all races. If everyone would treat individuals with the same amount of respect we would not be having these types of problems. There would be little to no violence in the world if we all respected one another, without discrimination. Peace is the ideal world we are working towards. I believe Trayvon Martin would still be alive today if George Zimmerman did not stereotype him as a black criminal.

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