Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past two weeks, you know the name Trayvon Martin. He’s the seventeen-year-old killed by the leader of a Neighborhood Watch group in Sanford, Florida. The guy claims it was self-defense. News analysts are blaming everything from a gun law in Florida to the hoodie the kid was wearing. Who really is to blame for the death of Trayvon Martin?

We are.

When asked what the most important commandment was, in Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

If the shooter had been more versed in Jesus’ word, a teenager wouldn’t be dead. And if teens weren’t so prone to violence or having to prove themselves, a teenager wouldn’t be dead. All they had to do was talk to one another. Instead, the killer automatically thought of this kid as a “F… Punk”. And I’m sure when this kid realized he was being followed, he turned to face the guy, probably with an attitude of you’re not going to steal from me or “dis me.”

That’s the society we live in. We’re afraid to walk down the street at night for fear the two teens, no matter the color of their skin, might try to rob us. And kids are forced to fight for what belongs to them or for pride.

If the shooter had asked the kid what he was doing there, the media would have no story. Therein lies another issue. The media focuses too much on the bad and not enough on the good. Mainly because the bad is what sells. We have ourselves to blame for that also.

We’re all to blame for what happened. This is the society we created. And it’s a society that only we can repair. And until we do, there will be more Trayvon Martins’ who die.

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