Trayvon Martin’s Case Shows off the Depreciation of the Word Death

Trayvon Martin prior to losing his life.

Death.

It’s not so scary is it? You see, we read it everyday. Five letters D-E-A-T-H. Why is it that those letters look so much more daunting when you separate them?

Those letters look so much daunting that way because we are so used to reading “death.” Whether it be in newspapers or on the internet, death is one of the most commonly used words in the vocabulary of the common journalist.

Today’s world is no different than it has ever been throughout history. Realistically, the only difference is that today we have been desensitized because of the prominence of the media.

Therefore, it is a rare occasion when the death of a person can really capture the attention of the world. Unfortunately, it happened recently.

Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old living in Florida prior to being gunned down on February 26th by George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was a member of his local neighborhood watch group who shot Martin when the teenager was returning from the local convenience store. Martin was armed with a packet of skittles and iced tea which was enough for the police to let Zimmerman off on a self-defense plea.

The fact that Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time of being shot was used as an excuse by a fox commenter, who’s name won’t be mentioned here because he doesn’t deserve publicity whether it be good or bad.

While that is an audacious claim no matter what way you look at it, the fact that a simple article of clothing can insight so much fear in people today is incredible.

That alone is a startling topic, but what I want to understand is why does it take one unjust death to open our eyes to the savagery that is reported in the newspapers every day?

If Trayvon Martin was murdered in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, China or North Korea, who would care?

Would you?

Plenty of completely innocent people are murdered every day in the Eastern world, even more die in Africa from poverty, yet more often than not most people read about those deaths without a care in the world.

The only time death affects us anymore is when it is close to home. We don’t fear the idea of losing lives unless they are our own, or somebody close to us.

Death is so common in today’s world that it has simply become just another word in the English language. Five letters that mean so little.

R.I.P Trayvon Martin: My thoughts are with you, you didn’t deserve to die and the man who killed you should be locked up for life.

For every other soul lost in this world. I won’t ever read the word death with any kind of ease.

Death.

Don’t just read it…think about it.

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About cianfahey91

Cian Fahey is a journalist for Irishcentral and the Guardian, as well as being previously published in various other media outlets.
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