"Young black men in Central Florida have made some gains since Trayvon Martin was killed six years ago. They've lost ground in other areas." When Martin was murdered the shot was heard around the world. His death started the Black Lives Matter movement. Though he lost his life, and his mother and father lost there son, the people came together again. It was what America needed, a reason to be angry. His killing is so closely related to the killing of Tom Robbinson in the book To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. They both died, and other people gained knowledge by there deaths."Mr. Finch, I tried. I tried to 'thout bein' ugly to her. I didn't wanta be ugly, I didn't wanta push her or nothin'." This quote from the book To Kill A Mockingbird shows how innocent Tom Robinson was. They lost their lives for a false reason, neither of them needed to die.
"Trayvon Martin walked into a 7-Eleven in Sanford, Florida, grabbing a bag of Skittles and a can of Arizona iced tea. The hood from his dark gray sweatshirt over his head, he walked up to the counter, reached deep into his pants' pockets, paid the clerk, then walked out. This seemingly mundane act, captured on a surveillance video, would be the last image the 17-year-old's loved ones would have of him alive." The last point made "The last image the 17-year-old's loved ones would have of him alive" is very interesting to me, and very sad as well. Just as in To Kill A Mockingbird, the last time anyone saw Tom Robinson (Including his family) was the trial. In Chapter 24 Atticus appears and calls Alexandra to the kitchen. There he tells her, Scout, Calpurnia, and Miss Maudie that Tom Robinson attempted to escape and was shot seventeen times. He takes Calpurnia with him to tell the Robinson family of Tom’s death. Alexandra asks Miss Maudie how the town can allow Atticus to wreck himself in pursuit of justice. Maudie replies that the town trusts him to do right. They return with Scout to the missionary circle, managing to act as if nothing is wrong. He was killed while trying to escape but was led to the choice to try and escape because he was falsely accused. Just as Trayvon Martin was led to the fate of having (only believed, no full evidence) to fight with George Zimmerman. Who in self-defense shot Martin, immediately killing him.
This picture depicts a faceless figure, being Trayvon Martin. Here he is lying on the ground, with a gunshot wound to his chest. In his pocket is an Arizona Ice Tea can, and above his head is a skittles packet. These to objects are what he was holding when George Zimmerman fired the one fatal shot. He went to his neighborhood store to buy the drink and the candy. These were "believed" by Zimmerman to be weapons of some sort, most likely a firearm. The most important part of this drawing is the people flowing out of his unknown face. The protestors are holding signs reading "NO JUSTICE NO PEACE" and "WE ARE ALL TRAYVON MARTIN" The meaning of these signs is the point that we are all affected by his murder, no matter what race or gender. This ties back to the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, because of the similarity in the aftermath of the death of Tom Robinson. The death of Tom Robinson shows us the tragic injustice done to Tom. The whole town was against the innocent man right from the beginning. Just because he was a black man, he was guilty before there was a trial.