Do I look suspicious?
When it comes to social media there has been no shortage on Trayvon Martin's case. Media websites are bringing new perspectives to light, with political statements, tributes and new information. Howard University students produced a video speaking up on the hooded, African-American stereotype providing facts and emotion to grab the attention of tumblr users, twitter users and even The Chronicle of HIgher Education home page.
This controversy has also made its way to the 2012 GOP race. Republican candidate Newt Gingrich made a harsh statement that seemed to be a racial slur after President Barack Obama addressed the shooting. Political Insider Jim Galloway recapped Gingrich's statement from a Fox News interview as saying: "Is the president suggesting that if it had be a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn't look like him? That's just nonsense, dividing this country up." Look around you Gingrich, we may not have segregation anymore but there is definitely still an issue with racial divides.
I don't necessarily think this issue should be brought into the political front in terms of the presidential race, though. If anything what should be questioned is are the actions of local police forces and how the was handled. Right now it seems as if the tragedy is turning into a 'who can address it better ' between the candidates. Obama is criticized as biased, Gingrich's statements seem insensitive, Santorum chose to attack the police more than address the teenagers death, and Romney issued a similar statement to Obama.
A video posted on the Atlanta-Journal Constitution of a local rally addressed Trayvon Martin as well as Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law and its similarity to Georgia's 'No Duty to Retreat' law. Both laws state in a similar fashion that a victim of an attack "has no duty to retreat" and has a right to fight back, even if deadly force is used. Over half of the country holds similar laws and more are still considering.