Target: George Zimmerman
Goal: Assert that George Zimmerman is owed no apology for his treatment from the public – as he has not apologized for taking the life of Trayvon Martin
Recently, Florida resident George Zimmerman faced trial for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. In an extremely controversial verdict, Zimmerman was found innocent. However, it is still a fact that Martin is dead due to Zimmerman’s actions, and many feel that his actions were racially motivated. Some of the language Zimmerman used during the incident supports the idea of racial motivation. However, faced with the large public outrage for the incident, Zimmerman has asked the public to apologize to him for calling him racist.
Zimmerman described Martin as ‘suspicious’, ‘confrontational’, and giving him a ‘strange vibe’. Although he claims Martin started the physical confrontation, supporters of Martin believe that Zimmerman found Martin suspicious solely because he is African-American. There was no reason for him to chase a teenager when he had already reported his presence to the police. There was certainly no reason for him to bring his gun out when it should have been clear that Martin was unarmed. With the available facts of this incident, it easily assumed that Zimmerman shot Martin because he was suspicious that he was African-American. Despite this extremely racist and violent incident, Zimmerman is upset that he has been accused of being racist.
Zimmerman has not apologized to Martin’s family, even though he does not deny that his actions resulted in the death of their son. In an interview with journalist Sean Hannity, Zimmerman said of those who judged him, ‘I can’t guess to what their motives are. I would just ask for an apology. I mean if I did something that was wrong. I would apologize.’ Zimmerman has not apologized for killing Trayvon Martin, and this statement suggests that he believes he was not wrong. He is owed no apology for some well-justified comments from the general public when he is responsible for an unjustified death.
Dear Mr. Zimmerman:
Recently, you asked for an apology from the general public for judging you after an incident in which you killed teenager Trayvon Martin. Even though you were found innocent, the facts show that the incident was racially motivated. The case has been made very public, and the public is free to draw their own conclusions about why Martin is now dead. However, you still have asked for an apology.
I want you to know that you are not owed an apology. In asking for this apology, you claimed you would apologize if you had done something wrong. However, you have not apologized for killing Trayvon Martin. Whatever your motivations, this 17-year-old boy is dead because of your actions. Your lack of apology shows that you do not believe killing him was wrong. If you cannot apologize for the death of a teenager, then you are not owed an apology for well-justified comments from the general public.
[Your Name Here]
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