Complex Magazine: 5 Years After His Death, Trayvon Martin Still Impacts the Future of #BlackLivesMatter

Trayvon Martin would have turned 22 this past weekend. It is hard to believe that it has been five years since he was killed by vigilante George Zimmerman. Martin's blackness and hoodie were all the neighborhood watch member needed to see before concluding he was “up to no good.” Within minutes of encountering the unarmed 17-year-old, Zimmerman took the life of Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin’s child. Zimmerman has never uttered an ounce of remorse for killing Martin. His fallacious but legally viable claim of self-defense was anchored in his desire to “protect” the community from the threat he imagined Martin posed. Zimmerman did not see a teenager on the phone with his friend while walking home; he saw a thug, criminal, and potential violent offender. He was vindicated by a justice system that saw Martin through similar eyes.

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