The shooting of Trayvon Martin has been a focus of media attention since he was killed by George Zimmerman on February 26th, 2012 in Sanford, Florida. His killing has sparked numerous debates, many of which are continuations of never-ending discussions and arguments about complex and contentious topics in America. Race relations, gun rights and gun control, media influence on our culture and how we perceive our African-American neighbors or clothing styles, have all been discussions taking place around the nation on the news and around the water cooler or around the dinner table.
The impact of this case has reached Ohio as well, as Hale Hall, at Ohio State University and location of the black cultural center for that campus, was defaced with the words “Long Live Zimmerman”spray painted on the side of it, in assumed reference to George Zimmerman. This prompted an immediate reaction and pledge of support to inclusion and safety for all students from Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee.
Students at the College of Wooster are thinking and talking about Trayvon as well, with discussion, public art wall displays, and rallies, and now a short documentary created by student Mamoudou N’Diaye, supported by organizations like Men of Harambee, Black Student Association, Brothers of Diversity, and The Woostonian. He explores the knowledge and awareness level of Wooster students, faculty and staff in his piece, as well as perceptions about the case and what the outcome will or should be. It is a 15 minute watch well worth your time, and no matter what side you stand on in with these issues, it can be agreed upon that more awareness and informed discussion and debate on these topics serves everyone and makes our community stronger.