As the nation and world sit and watch the trial of George Zimmerman, who is on trial for the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. George Zimmerman claims to have shot and killed Trayvon on the basis of self-defense and now the trial nearing an end and a verdict to come possibly as early as next week. America and the world now sit and wait for a verdict from the jury who today (July 11) heard the prosecution’s two-hour closing arguments and will hear the defense’s closing arguments tomorrow at 9am EST with the prosecution to give a rebuttal.
This has been a long fought out case with one side arguing their client’s innocent as the other argues the innocence of a young, unarmed teenage boy.
The public’s opinion of this case is highly divided as some side with Zimmerman and his story that he was not the aggressor but that Trayvon was. As many others side with Trayvon and his family in saying that Trayvon was just a teenage boy minding his own business on his way home from a local 7-11 store after purchasing some skittles and an ice tea. This case has brought out the ugly in some and shows that as a nation, America has a long way to go in terms of race relations and that racism unfortunately still exists heavily in certain parts of this country.
Take for instance a game that was developed for smartphones and was available for purchase in the Google Play Store. The game was called ANGRY TRAYVON and it featured a weapon-wielding, hooded sweatshirt-clad main character. The description for the game was described as:
“”Trayvon is angry and nobody can stop him from completing his world tour of revenge on the bad guys who terrorize cities everyday. Use a variety of weapons to demolish Trayvon’s attackers in various cities around the world. As you complete a level, you will notice more bad guys coming at Trayvon at a faster pace. … If you want to dominate leaderboards across the world, then make sure you collect the money the bad guys will drop once you kill them.”
It is unknown how many downloaded the game since it appeared in the store last December. The game did not receive high praises from users, but that did not stop Change.org from issuing a letter to the Google Play Store asking that the game be removed.
In a Facebook post the developers of the game wrote and later deleted:
“The people spoke out therefore this game was removed from the app stores. Sorry for the inconvenience as this was just an action game for entertainment. This was by no means a racist game. Nonetheless, it was removed as will this page and anything associated with the game will be removed.”
This game was made in poor taste and referenced an innocent teenage boy.
-Kelly J Newson