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I have a 10 year old biracial son and two¬†black stepsons – 11 and 12 years old – who will all three one day be 17-year old football players who live in predominately white neighborhoods. This story hits so close to home, it brought tears to my eyes and I’m heartbroken… heartbroken for all of the dreams and ambitions this child will never be able to realize – heartbroken for his family and friends, coaches… ūüôĀ

My prayers go out to his parents and loved ones as they struggle to figure out how to cope with such a senseless tragedy that stripped a young high school athlete of his entire life and robbed his family of everything but the memory he leaves behind.

SANFORD, FLORIDA: Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old black high school athlete from Miami, was visiting his father and stepmother and decided to walk to a nearby store to purchase Skittles.¬†On his way back to the family’s predominantly white neighborhood, the neighborhood watch leader called police and told them he saw someone “suspicious” in the neighborhood.¬†The police reportedly advised him not to pursue the individual – advice he ignored. During the 911 call on¬†February 26th, George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old¬†Seminole State College student, told¬†the dispatcher, “but they always get away…” and continued his pursuit of Martin.

Apparently, the 17 year old black teen realized he was being followed and asked the watch captain if there was a problem. A physical altercation ensued. The watch captain then fatally shot the 17 year old in the chest in what he claims to be self defense – against a teen armed with Skittles.

Zimmerman, who is white, has not been charged in connection with Martin’s death – a decision police say is largely due to a continuing investigation into the case combined with the fact that Zimmerman has a clean prior record and an educational background in Criminal Justice. However, a search of public records in Orange County, Florida reveals that he was arrested in 2005 for battery on a police officer as well as resisting arrest: Case No.¬†2005-CF-009525-A-O.¬†Contrarily, Trayvon Martin’s criminal record¬†is¬†flawless.

Attorney Benjamin Crump has filed public records lawsuit on behalf of Martin’s family in hopes of securing the audio of the 911 call and released the following statement in relation to the case:

[The police] just lied to the family. They just couldn’t see why [Zimmerman] would do anything wrong or be violent. But not only do you know the guy killed this kid, because he admitted to it, you knew that he has a propensity for violence because of his past record.

Not only should Zimmerman be arrested and charged with murder, but he should also be charged with a federal hate crime. He obviously saw this kid as suspicious solely because he was black and he pursued him against police instruction as a result then took unnecessary action resulting in Martin’s death. Why is he still loose in society?¬†Tell me the last time a black man killed an unarmed white teenager and went free based on his prior record. Oh, no rush.¬†I’ll wait.

People wonder why there is such strong distrust toward law enforcement officials among the black community. Well, here’s part of your answer: You have a self-appointed civilian-cop who has admitted to shooting a black teen dead after he basically stalked him for being “suspicious” (code-word for “black” in a white neighborhood) and investigators see no reason to make an arrest. Something must be done.


Kat Robertson - Web Developer & Graphic Designer / Personal Trainer

The founder of Racially Charged is a 33 year old Atlanta, GA business owner – the Chief Designer at eDesign-Pro Company and Lead Personal Trainer at Fitness Rebooted. Married to her highschool sweetheart with five biracial children, Kat Robertson’s experiences in an 18-year-and-counting interracial relationship have sparked a passion to bring attention to racial prejudice, inequality, and injustice in the world.


  1. […] targeted by a neighborhood watch leader for being “suspicious” and after being pursued, the teen was shot to death by 28 year old George Zimmerman, a white college graduate with a Criminal Justice background.¬†The […]

  2. bob March 13, 2012 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Yeah because according to some of the news reports I have read the teen was just beating the guy in the face while Zimmerman was on his back. One of the news reports states he had blood comming from the back of his head and nose and the back of his shirt had grass stains. So where does he get off not letting the young man beat him. Zimmerman should have let the police handle it, but he didn’t which is not illegal. Martin shouldn’t have beat the guy (which is illegal). Zimmerman defending himself from a beating (not illegal). This is all according to the information that the news has released so far. If the information changes then so will my opinion.

    • Kat Robertson March 14, 2012 at 1:24 am Reply

      … Because the only way to stop someone from beating you up after you stalk them for being “suspicious” (black) is to kill them, right? A shot in the air would like have done the job. Instead Zimmerman felt it more fitting to end this kid’s life. He had no business pursuing Martin to begin with. Since when is it a crime to mind your own business? … which is what Martin was doing before he got harassed because of his race.

      Feel free to provide your sources. The information I obtained was from the Huffington Post as well as two Florida news outlets – I believe one was Channel 9.

    • bob March 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm Reply

      Please don’t email me, and I won’t be back so their is no reason to reply. However I love how people don’t even get the whole story before they start shouting for people to be in jail and calling it a hate crime, when they don’t even know who started the violence.

  3. ConnieFoggles March 12, 2012 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I recently saw this on the news and saw an interview with the parents on HLN. What type of investigation do the police have to do? It’s a very sad situation. The parents described their son as just a child and he is.

  4. shanadieli March 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, that is heart breaking. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family. I cannot fathom why they have not charged Zimmerman. He shot and killed someone. There is no grey area in that.

  5. Sarah Mallory March 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    This story is very sad, and I would like to know more about the background of the neighborhood watchman and I would also like to know why he is not in jail. Also, I have a problem with people stating Biracial and Black like they are two seperate races. I am a product of a white mother and a black father. The black race is a mixed race, that is what it is. Society sees me as black and my experiences are black. By stating your children are biracial it appears that you are making them another race,when indeed society will view them and treat them as black unless they udoubtedly look white. My mother taught us that yes she is white, but we her children were black. When we walk down the street white people perceived us as black, and we had black experiences. Pretty much every black american is mixed with other races. Frederick Douglass was black and white as well. Society viewed him and treated him as black. I have always been treated as a black woman even though I am very light have straight hair, I am black. People please do not seperate or redefine what the black race is, a mixed race. That is why you have blacks with blue eyes, blond hair, and no white parents. Do not teach your kids they are different. Obama is mixed, but society calls him white the first black president, not the first biracial president. My mom accepted the fact that her kids were black and she was white.

    • Kat Robertson March 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm Reply

      I respect how you were raised and how you feel regarding how you identify racially. I, however, will allow my children to assert their own racial identity as they grow up. I am white. My husband is black. Therefore, our children are biracial – not as a means of assigning them a race of separation of differentiation, but simply by definition. There is no separation, elevation, or degradation associated with that term. It simply is a literal description. Thanks for your insight.

  6. Columbia March 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I am so very tired of the current, staged race and class war getting fueled daily. This has everything to do with race and class, yet nothing to do with race and class. White people walking in their own neighborhoods are being reported by neighbors and harassed, just as this young man was, for NOTHING. Drones are coming for those who have done NOTHING. Come November, we have one last chance to change this insanity…will you do it?

    • Kat Robertson March 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm Reply

      I’m not sure I follow what you’re trying to say here. The fact that a white man shot and killed a black teen in cold blood and is walking free among us is somehow the President’s fault? This is less tragic because you believe the same thing happens to other people? Please provide news documentation to support your claims because never in my 29 years have I witnessed black-on-white crime go unchecked the way this situation is. Thanks for visiting.

  7. Lynda March 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    My heart goes out to the family & I pray justice will be served.

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