Dr. Boyce: Student’s Violent Reaction to Trayvon Martin Sends a Strong Message
I watched in shock as a young black woman at Florida Atlantic University FAU became violent in class during a discussion on the death of the late Trayvon Martin. The student cursed at her classmates and eventually attacked people in the room.
Jonatha Carr, a 24-year old student who may have trouble getting back into school, was eventually hauled out of the classroom and put in the back of a squad car.As I sit here in Florida writing this article, I am noticing that racial tensions are as hot as the sun outside, as the black community in Florida has been long sick of the double standards of justice that exist within the boundaries of their state and so many others.
The student’s outburst concerns me, for it is both a symptom and accelerator of the rage being felt by millions of Americans right now.If Jonatha were my daughter, I’d probably be upset with her right now. Her actions will likely jeopardize her future and serve as a stain on her record. But I’d be lying like a dog if I didn’t admit that nearly every black person in America could not relate to at least a piece of the anger being expressed by this young woman.