Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book Review: Rest in Power

TITLE: Rest in Power-The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin
AUTHOR: Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
PUBLISHED: January 31, 2017
CATEGORY: Non-Fiction
GENRE: Biography/Memoir
PREMISE: The parents of Trayvon Martin talk about his life and the events that occurred after he was murdered.
MY REVIEW: Despite the title, this is not strictly about Trayvon Martin's life. There are a few chapters in the beginning where his parents go into what he was like (and I can't help but notice the stark contrast between what he was like and what the media tried to paint him as). A majority of this book goes into the Zimmerman trial, the media attention and what the parents experienced after his death and it is frankly heartbreaking to read.
There was one thing that became very clear to me after reading this: Zimmerman was always going to walk free. Everything from the way the parents were questioned about Martin instead of him, to how the trial was handled, to the frankly racist media coverage of it that kept trying to paint Martin as a thug...yeah, Zimmerman was never getting charged. I wish I could be mind-boggled at that, but considering all the things that have happened since then, from Ferguson to just recently in St. Louis, I'm not (full disclosure, I live in the area and I'm sorry but it is no accident Missouri keeps having all these problems: there is massive racism out here).
This is a very powerful and honestly, very sad book. If you want a deep dive into stuff the media did not tell you about the Trayvon Martin case, I highly recommend reading this.
WHO SHOULD READ: those that want more details about the Trayvon Martin case then what the media told them
MY RATING: Four out of Five powerful books

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