I told my parents and they immediately began a debate on the complexities of Peruvian race relations. I found the linked Suzanne Gamboa article but it only added to the conflicting thoughts I have.
This morning, I have seen the more recent pictures of both Zimmerman and Martin. I feel bamboozled, fooled, naive. Like millions of people every day, I have accepted what is presented in the news as fact. But as my own class discussed, fact is not always truth. Now I have a less menacing yet fuller picture of the real George Zimmerman, not the boogeyman the court of public opinion would have me dismiss.
As for Trayvon Martin, I no longer only see the memory of a baby-faced child but a more honest picture of a real teenager. Unlike Geraldo Rivera(why does he have to be Latino? somebody take him back), I am not quick to judge Trayvon. Wifebeaters, grills, and tattoos have no bearing on this case. A young man is dead, another man has lost his reputation and safety, possibly his life, and two communities stand to lose common ground over this case.
On a more personal level, I can’t help but wonder how many people will ponder this case in depth. I am saddened and moved by this case to be more analytical and reflective. I can’t let the media or even my own first impressions be my guide.