Between Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander the Justice System is a Joke


July 15, 2013 by gabnormal

The amount of injustices that have been served as of late are disgusting, heart wrenching, and most unfortunately, unsurprising.

17-year-old Trayvon Martin was murdered, no matter what way you slice it. Along the way of the trial, details were left out and the man who murdered him, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of all charges on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, Florida mom Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing warning shots when on the brink of assault from her abusive ex-husband.

The justice system, at least in Florida, is a joke.

I don’t know that these cases are a matter of racism, sexism or both. I’m sure that those factors played a part in both cases, but I don’t think that they are the only factors that played part in the unfortunate rulings.

A quick Google search of both cases yields results ranging from Obama’s battle against gun violence to Beyonce holding a moment of silence for the murdered teen to the Shooting of Trayvon Martin Wikepedia page to the Justice for Trayvon Martin Facebook page. You will also find the Justice for Marissa blogspot page and numerous articles citing racism and sexism as the root of all evil while others criticize Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

A plethora of opinions are being thrown across the internet as we speak. I don’t have much to say on either case because I did not follow either closely enough and haven’t put enough thought into either. But what I can say is that the justice system in inherently flawed, and part of that is the fact that as humans we cannot detach ourselves from our emotions. Everything from the way a person looks, to the way they talk, to the sound of their name affects the way they are perceived by others.

This means that factors such as race and gender infiltrate our court rooms on the regular, and as far as I can see the only way justice will truly be served will be on the day that true equality exists.

Lord help us all.

3 thoughts on “Between Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander the Justice System is a Joke

  1. illiteratolivia says:

    I really respect this piece. One of the most powerful sentiments expressed about the Zimmerman Trial was: “Does the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law apply to Trayvon?” The inconsistency of our judicial system makes it all so farcical. Thanks for this.

  2. […] a nation we are also going through anger and backlash from the Trayvon Martin case. A nation which is already suffering due to racial and cultural differences can only react in […]

  3. […] Aggravated assault, harassment, being ordered to stay away from guns and ammunition, but no actual sentencing resulting after the fact. What does this guy have to do for the justice system to finally give him what he deserves? Kill someone? Oh wait…. […]

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