Trayvon Martin protests are occurring all over the U.S. this week with people taking to the streets in organized marches following a “not guilty” verdict being made by the jury in the recent conclusion of the George Zimmerman trial, Yahoo! reported this Sunday, July 14. Protesters across the nation came together to mourn the loss of Martin this afternoon, marching in protest of the “not guilty” outcome and a lack of justice achieved for Martin’s memory.
The Trayvon Martin protests have taken place after George Zimmerman — the formerly accused Hispanic male who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, 17-years-old — was found not guilty, having killed the black teen in what was deemed self defense. Yet while the case may have drawn to a close this weekend, the metaphorical battle outside of the courtroom rages on, with protests making it clear that they will not sit idle after the controversial not guilty verdict.
The Monitor noted that these protests for the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case has spurred an official public response from President Barack Obama. Rather than focusing on the outcome of the trial or whether justice for Trayvon Martin was achieved, President Obama seemed to concentrate his efforts on the tragedy of the teen death for both Martin’s family and the national community.
Obama stated in light of these Trayvon Martin protests:
“[American citizens] must ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence…we should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this.”
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”
Notably, the President did not highlight the racial issue that’s been so tightly connected to this story.
It is unknown how long these protests and marches in the streets following the George Zimmerman trial and Zimmerman being acquitted of all charges (both murder and manslaughter) may continue.