The death of Trayvon Martin is a startling trend, one which serves as the podium for a nation’s frustration with powerful over the powerless. But this case involves a adolescent who was gunned down, and because the story has not been resolved, the press has garbled up the narrative so severely, a court must adjudicate the facts of the case. If Michael Zimmerman used excessive force, then he must be punished, but not in the court of public opinion.
Travyon Martin deserve this – so do the rest of us. We cannot rage against power with miscreant behavior and outrage. We cannot rage against the system then demand justice from the same system at the same time. We must reconcile ourselves to a fallen world with fallen people, but we are not victims, if we choose to believe in the Victim who took our pain, our shame, or infamy.