Trayvon: Another Victim of Racial Profiling

By Jesse Jackson, The Guardian - March 31, 2012

The tragic reality of the Trayvon Martin case is not unique but universal; it was not unusual, but typical. Racial profiling is all too common in the US, and has led to the killing of a young man.

Trayvon was simply walking from the 7/11 store to his father's home in the gated community of Sanford, Florida. For this, "walking while black", he was profiled, chased in the dark night, confronted by an unknown aggressor, shot and killed. His pursuer, George Zimmerman, immediately targeted him as a potential criminal, "reporting" to a police dispatcher: "This guy looks like he's up to no good, or he's on drugs or something … these assholes they always get away."


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