One month later, the facts in the Trayvon Martin story still unclear

Mar 29, 2012

A man joins nationwide protests in memor

A man joins nationwide protests in memory of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on March 26, 2012 in downtown of Los Angeles, California. Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images

As new evidence of 911 calls and eye-witness testimonies trickle in, new questions arise about the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

What we do know is that on February 26th, 17-year old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman, a 28-year old neighborhood watch volunteer. Unfortunately, there is so little reliable information known about what led up to the shooting, that rampant speculations have been made and conclusions have been drawn by the public, the media, and even those closely involved in the case.

In the beginning of the media attention surrounding the incident, many jumped to the conclusion that George Zimmerman could not have acted in self-defense but in the days following the initial reports, testimony challenging this interpretation of the facts has come out. And yet in an information vacuum, where no one seems to know what happened except the parties involved, we each create our own narrative.

Does our projection of the facts become a reflection of who we are and what we believe rather than a rational explication of the truth? In a case like this when so little is really known, how do we make judgments about the truth or falsehood, right or wrong?

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