Trayvon Martin

Rowley, Michelle V. “‘It Could Have Been Me’ Really? Early Morning Meditations on Trayvon              Martin’s Death.” Feminist Studies, vol. 38, no. 2, 2012, pp. 519–529.                                  

This powerful article is a real revelation about the world that we live in. To the privileged, it may seem like there is no race inequality happening, but Rowley made it very clear through this that that is simply not true. She brought up topics that some news stations may over look like the interview with Rivera when he comments on the death of Trayvon Martin by a civilian. He tells Fox News that he was, “…urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman”. While trying to remain somewhat unbiased, this completely appalls me. What he is stating that certain races need to be more cautious about what they wear because if they don’t they are putting themselves at risk. When if it was a young white male that was shot, all the news would be concerned with is how were being judgmental based on clothes. Michelle Rowley is clearly taking a strong stance on what she personally believes in and I applaud her for it. I think the way she goes about explaining the situation is very appropriate. She illustrates the topic in ways that many others have difficulty doing. I was particularly intrigued when she said, “Let us be clear, this is not a “wrong place and time” argument. I am fundamentally questioning what produces public space as the “wrong space” for our young people, specifically for young black men.”. The way that she addresses what people assume is the problem, and then guides the reader to what her idea behind the situation is, is a great way of addressing her opinion to the reader.

I really liked how opinionated this article was. I think it was interesting how they used so many personalized quotes and stories. It made their side very relatable and easier to understand. During the crazy news that erupted after this tragedy, Michelle brings us down to earth and reminds us the answer is simple. Treating others with the same love and care and you would your own child is the key to changing our society.

I would like to hear what she thinks about all the other tragedies that have happened. I am wondering if she has any specific opinion on the guns. Most importantly I wish she talked about Zimmerman trying to auction off this murder weapon.


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