Unless you've... no, even if you have been living under a rock you've heard of the horrible case of Trayvon Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman in Florida. This shocking case has gotten everyone from politicians, celebrities, talking heads, and yes, even my grandparents to weigh in on what happened that night.
There is one thing, other than Trayvon’s death, coming from this case that I find to be tragic, and that is the sad state our media and in general our nation is in when events like this take place. So quickly have people made up their minds, taken sides, and dug into those positions that it seems like despite what the court proceedings will show the question of Zimmerman’s guilt or innocence might have already been decided. Gone are the days in which you are given a trial in which evidence in presented and a jury decided the fate of the defendant.
This case highlights the worst of both sides of the mainstream. To the left Trayvon is a martyr in the never-ending battle over racial equality, his death being a capstone on the argument that racism is still alive and well in this country and that only more government and more gun control will stop it. To the right Trayvon is a victim of the culture war, his death being the result of the glorification of the gangster lifestyle that lead to his assault of George Zimmerman for doing nothing but “protecting his community” forcing Zimmerman to take deadly force in self-defense.