Sunday marks the fifth anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. Five years after the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Sanford, data shows that life for young African-American men in Central Florida has gotten better in some aspects but have worsened in others, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
From the Daytona Beach News-Journal:
Government data indicates that in Central Florida, life has improved for young black men in some ways but gotten worse in others since Martin was killed.
Their unemployment rate in Orange County is down 38 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the rate at which they graduate from high school is up sharply in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties, as it is for all students, according to the Florida Department of Education. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity had no unemployment numbers for black men ages 15 to 25 in Seminole County in those years.
The number of black males ages 15 to 25 who are the victims of homicide in Central Florida has seesawed since 2012, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. That year, Martin was one of 31. In 2015, the most recent year for which data is available, the number was 35.
Rev. Al Sharpton says Martin’s death revived civil rights activism. “The demonstrations, the rallies that many of us came and started led into what later happened two years later around Ferguson (Mo.), around Eric Garner; but it started, the seeds of that started in Trayvon Martin,” Rev. Sharpton told the Daytona Beach News-Journal. “So Trayvon Martin energized a renewal of civil rights activism in the 21st century like Emmett Till energized it in the 20th century.”
SOURCE: Daytona Beach News-Journal
Trayvon Martin’s 20th Birthday: A Timeline Of Racial Issues That Have Plagued Black America
1. Trayvon Martin’s Life Wasn’t In Vain1 of 23
2. 1995: The OJ Simpson Verdict2 of 23
3. 1996: Texaco Pays Over $170 Million In A Racial Discrimination Case3 of 23
4. 1997: Stephen Lawrence’s Alleged Murderers Exposed4 of 23
5. 1998: The Death Of James Bryd, Jr.5 of 23
6. 1999: Amadou Diallo & 41 Bullets6 of 23
7. 2000: Former Black Panther Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin Is Accused of Murder7 of 23
8. 2001:The Cincinnati Riots8 of 23
9. 2002: Donovan Jackson Chavis & Inglewood Cops9 of 23
10. 2003: Scranton, Pennslyvania’s Skinhead Epidemic & Ousmane Zongo10 of 23
11. 2005: Hurricane Katrina11 of 23
12. 2006: Sean Bell12 of 23
13. 2006: The Jena 613 of 23
14. 2007: Don Imus Calls Female Basketball Team “Nappy Headed Hoes”14 of 23
15. 2008: LeBron James’ King Kong Cover For VOGUE15 of 23
16. 2009: Oscar Grant16 of 23
17. 2010: Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Dead at 7-Years-Old17 of 23
18. 2010: Omar Thornton, Employee Turned Gunman18 of 23
19. 2011: The Capital Punishment of Troy Davis19 of 23
20. 2012: Jordan Davis & Trayvon Martin20 of 23
21. 2013: Cheerios Depicts An Interracial Family & Racists Complain21 of 23
22. 2014: #BlackLivesMatter: Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Antonio Martin, John Crawford, Tamir Rice & More22 of 23
23. 2015: We Shall Overcome23 of 23
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