Trayvon American Racism

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According to Webster’s Dictionary, racism is defined as the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. The idea of freedom and liberty to all was founded when the America Colonies were formed. Every day in life everyone faces or views some sort of racism under all circumstances. Although racism has been prevalent in the passed 100 years, it has greatly increased over the passed ten years. How we react to this adversity in our country will determine the attitudes of Americans in the future.
As European settlements in the Americas were developed and prospered, slavery grew. Powerful plantation owners believed they were superior
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Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer, told the police, “This guy looks like he 's up to no good, or he 's on drugs or something” (Botelho). After being dissuaded by the 911 dispatcher to not follow the young man, Zimmerman decided to disregard the operator’s admonition and to trail Martin. The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer approached Trayvon and got into a quarrel with him. The details of the altercation were never fully discovered, but one of the men yelled, “help!” 14 times in a span of 38 seconds (Botelho). According to Martin’s mother, the voice was not her son’s. The 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was found face down in the grass with Zimmerman standing over him (Botelho). There were no witnesses who were able to determine exactly what happened, so it is unclear as to who was in the right or who was in the wrong. The outcome of the trial left people angered and many had real doubts about the trial’s verdict. This was a suspicious, inconclusive case and may be another example of stereotyping and racial discrimination in America

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