Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the Trayvon Martin tragedy. As I watched the news, I saw footage of people across the nation rallied up in their hoodies. They spoke about peace and non-violence, and how the government should get rid of the “Stand Your Ground” law. I felt inspired to see all of the people coming together for a great cause. However, when I came onto campus I was disheartened by what I saw and heard. I was on my way to the library when I ran into my friend who had her hoodie on. She asked me what if i was going to the Trayvon Martin rally the school was having by the reflection pond, and I told her I could not.
Then we began talking about the story and long story short, she knew nothing about that case. I was saddened because I believe she represented the majority of naive young people who don’t know what’s happening int he world. All they do is follow the trend. This is similar to the presidential elections, people only vote for the candidate who’s more appealing.They know nothing about all the candidate’s work leading up to the upcoming elections, it’s just down to who’s commercial is most effective. In a sense it scares me because in my opinion the future leaders of America don’t know anything about what’s going on in the world and neither do they care unless it’s popular. I understand people were upset about the Trayvon Martin, but for those who already paid attention to the media, they would already know that this was not the first time an African American male had a wrongful death. My hope for America is that one day people would actually care about current events instead of following a story because it’s popular.