One of the most disturbing news story last week was that of a disabled man who drowned in Florida while a group of teens laughed, mocked him and filmed the incident. They all watched him drown and apparently thought it funny.
There is definitely a breakdown of moral values in society. As parents most of us do our best to raise decent human beings. But something has got to be wrong when a group of young men find it amusing that someone is drowning – basically taking their last breath – and feel no sense of compassion, no moral obligation to assist. It makes you wonder what else they will find funny?
George Zimmerman has finally been charged with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The incident took place more than a month ago. Zimmerman will face charges of second degree murder. One can only hope now for a fair trial and that justice will prevail. Sadly enough at the end of the day their will be no winners, for a life that is lost can never be replaced, all one can hope for is closure.
A life can be lost in a flash, in the blinking of an eye. The painful thing is once it is lost it cannot be replaced. Too many people seem to have the feeling that it is okay to shoot first and ask questions later. People have lost their lives for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or for just not having the right look in someone else’ s eyes.
Trayvon Martin lost his life simply for not having the right look in the eyes of George Zimmerman. He was a black man wearing a hoodie. That in Zimmerman’s mind made him a criminal and he took it upon himself to play the role of judge, jury and executioner. He claimed he acted in self-defense but let us get the facts straight. He was armed, Trayvon Martin was unharmed. The young man did not attack him; in fact he was trying to get away from him. So in what way was Zimmerman’s life in any danger and therefore needed to defend himself?
This was clearly not a case of self-defense. So why has he not been arrested? What kind of message is sending to others who feel it is okay to shoot a young black man simply because of the clothes he is wearing? Will there ever come a time when there will be justice and equality for one and all despite the color of one’s skin? It somehow seems as if it is going to take a miracle for this to happen.