Here’s why a Black man could never stalk and murder a white boy without immediate arrest and conviction:
Blackness is criminalized in this country. That’s why Trayvon Martin’s body was drug- and alcohol-tested (and the toxicology results were publicly released), but George Zimmerman wasn’t. That’s why Trayvon Martin’s school records, text messages, and social media postings were so heavily scrutinized, but George Zimmerman’s criminal record was largely swept under the rug. That’s why George Zimmerman’s trial is repeatedly being called the Trayvon Martin trial, despite the fact that Trayvon Martin has gone on to be with the ancestors and George Zimmerman is the one sitting in court. That’s why when white males (or males who benefit from white privilege) commit heinous crimes, their narrative is always explained under the guise of mental health issues, whereas Black males (both perpetrators and victims of crime) have any past or present criminal activity discussed at length by the media.
Although George Zimmerman is on trial for second-degree murder, Trayvon Martin is on trial for whether or not he deserved to be murdered.