Why Gated Communities are Becoming a Global Problem

Photo Credit: Dean Terry

The issue of gated and exclusively high-income communities in North America is rearing its ugly head again. It started earlier this year with the death of Trayvon Martin, the young man visiting family in a gated community who ended up being accused of trespassing and shot dead in an altercation with a security guard. 

This time, it involves Star Wars director George Lucas and property he once owned for his production studios in Marin County, a mostly rural area near San Francisco with high-priced housing.

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I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. The truth is that — for those of you who’ve lost in the battle for justice, wherever that fits in any part of the world — we can’t bring them back. What we can do is we can let our voices be heard. And we can vote in our various countries throughout the world for change and equality for everybody. That’s what I know we can do.
—  Stevie Wonder
Zimmerman found not guilty

I guess this means that it’s cool to shoot at men of color when they have hoodies on and have skittles and Arizona right? I guess it’s ok for a man with documented racial issues to shoot a 17 year old black kid because “he looked suspicious” right? I feel that justice wasn’t served at all. But I also feel no one is going to stand up for what’s right. There are going to be the usual Social Media Activists, but that’s going to last a week or so. Where are the people who are really upset behind this? Where are the people that are going to make their voices heard? We need something to happen. We can’t let this be another one of the cases that’s talked about today and forgotten next week. But hey that’s just me and how I feel. How do y'all feel?

Sometimes, the things in our legal system that protect the innocent are the same things that allow evil to go freely.

I have no doubt in my mind Zimmerman murdered a child. My only hope now is that he is found guilty in civil court so he can be held accountable for what he did.

Thoughts and prayers to the families of all involved. Mothers shouldn’t ever have to bury their children. And parents should never have to wonder if their child killed another human. 

I went to an Anderson taping today in which one of the topics was the recent shooting of Trevon Martin; an unarmed, seventeen year old boy, who was profiled by a community watch member who needlessly pursued and shot the boy at point blank range in the chest.

I was able to ask if George Zimmerman (from here on out I’m going to refer to him as ‘the murderer’) is still able to participate in the community watch and the answer was an astounding yes.

I’m absolutely disgusted and overwhelmed by this whole ordeal and I advise everyone to get as involved as possible in the following of the case, just to speak against this kind of violence and civilian action.  

I honestly cannot deal with tumblr tonight guys. Please look up from a reliable source what really happened. George Zimmerman was a part if the Neighborhood Watch, and there had recently been some robberies in this one apartment complex. Zimmerman saw Trayvon leave the general area, and decided to pursue him to question him about it. Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend at the time, hung up with her and preceded to turn around and come up to Zimmerman.

Of course the events given by Zimmerman are probably blown out of proportion, but let’s think about it for a second. He was approached by a man in a hoodie and definitely was attacked by Trayvon—his injuries were proved to not be self-inflicted. The attack was probably not as horrendous as Zimmerman described it, but he was attacked. And in a moment of confusion, pulled out his gun and shot Trayvon in self-defense.

He re-enacted it with a policeman and, based on the injuries inflicted, everything lines up. There was no way the wounds were self inflicted.

Zimmerman is not a white male, too. He is biracial. That needs to be clarified. This is not an issue of racism.