It seems as though everyone has heard of (and has an opinion) about the Trayvon Martin story. There are apparently only two sides of the story one can take without ridicule; (1) Martin was murdered by an over-zealous, racist, George Zimmerman for doing nothing other than being black, or (2) George Zimmerman was a victim of a failed system which lead to an unsafe neighborhood he felt the need to defend.
I do not take either side, because neither side is completely correct. Only two people know what truly happened that fateful night; one of them is alive and the other isn’t. We must only examine the evidence.
The Police Report. When Sanford police arrived on the scene, they reported that there were 6 witnesses–3 men and 3 women–most of them described as “white” and the last described as “other.” The witnesses’ reports all seem to reach about the same conclusion: there was a certain amount of scuffling, cries for help from one or both parties, a gun shot, and silence. There are some who claim that the cries were that of Martin due to the fact that they stopped immediately after the gunshot. Though, this is simply speculation, it leads the general population to believe that Zimmerman confronted Martin without justification, and in a paranoid frenzy killed the young man.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released a statement today that they are developing contracts for emergency housing camps, that are equipped to house emergency workers and “displaced citizens” within a 72-hour set-up period. These camps are available to primarily emergency workers, but allows displaced citizens opportunities of employment within the camps. The camps provide housing for up to 2,000 people per camp.
Sounds nice, eh? Here’s the problem:
Define “displaced.” The definition, in this case according to Google, of this word means “taken out of its usual place.” Of course, FEMA is implying that these situations which will take citizens “out of place” would be emergencies, i.e., a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, etc. And not to mention all of the false-flag operations the United States’ government has approved and executed, no pun intended, these disasters are hardly put into effect within a timely manner.
In 2005, the failure of city, state, and federal government was all-too real for the people of New Orleans and several other Gulf-coast towns after Hurricane Katrina. Third-world-like conditions made the people of America sick to their stomach; bodies rotting in the street, lack of evacuation, lack of food and water for weeks at a time, and the list goes on. These people were displaced, yes. But who is displaced today?
Homelessness. In the Orlando area, and many other metropolitan areas in Florida, it is nearly illegal to be homeless. It is illegal to feed the homeless without a permit. It is illegal to wash one’s face, shave, or wash one’s clothes in a public restroom in the Orlando Metropolitan area. This legislation, only helping the rich yuppies Orlando wishes to promote, is not only harming the homeless, but causing them to continue within their homelessness. For every smell the homeless possess, they are given a dirty look. For every spot or hole in their clothing, they are looked down upon. But the fact of the matter is, that within months, that could be you and me.
The average American is nearly 6 months away from homelessness. With the current debt status, loan-sharking, and floundering dollar, we are left living paycheck-to-paycheck with little-to-no savings. Without a savings account, or area within one’s budget, everyone is one check-engine light, one broken arm, one layoff away from being homeless.
Yet, we separate ourselves by using the terms “they” and “us.” The only difference between the average homeless person and the average person is one word. And once someone has lost their home, are they not… displaced?