In this particular article, the author indicates that George Zimmerman, the man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, has been portrayed by news outlets as a “white Hispanic.” As a result of this, many individuals have started to assume that George Zimmerman, a “white” individual, killed Trayvon Martin, who was black. Although Zimmerman would consider himself as just a Hispanic, news outlets used the word white in order to beef up their story and make it seem as though the crime that occurred was a result of a “white racist,” which has caused a lot of conflict. This goes to show that information reported by news organizations can have an immense effect on the public and the way that identity is shaped in the public, which can be seen by the ways in which the identity of Zimmerman was shaped as a result of a few simple words. Before, many might have thought of Zimmerman as just a Hispanic, but because news outlets identified him as being a white Hispanic, Americans started to feel this way too and started to assume that he was racist.
If I were to relate this situation to my personal experience with journalism, I think that the most important thing to do is to minimize harm in any possible situation. It is true that Zimmerman can be defined as white or Hispanic. However, even though Zimmerman did commit a very terrible crime, he should still be able to define his own identity and race. As a journalist, I need to recognize that people have a greater right to control information about themselves and I must use caution before defining an individual in a specific way.