Alright, all the crap flying around about this has led to another IRL post. Once again, you’re free to disagree with me and comment on how I’m 100% wrong and everything, just keep it civil if you do.
Trayvon Martin’s death was a tragedy and I don’t think you could find anyone who would say that it wasn’t. You could go ask George Zimmerman right now and he would agree. If no one died that night then there’d be one more soul on this Earth. Unfortunately there was a misunderstanding and a life was lost.
My issue with all of this has been the utterly dark and ignorant vitriol that is flowing around the internet like an oil spill about Zimmerman. Our legal system worked the way that it has been designed to do. There was more than enough evidence to support that Zimmerman believed his life to be in mortal danger. Was he actually at risk of dying? We’ll never know because the incident was stopped. Was Zimmerman at fault for engaging the dispute? Many people claim that he started it because he was stalking Martin and Zimmerman brought it upon himself.
For an accusation like this I think it’s of dire important to understand context. If Zimmerman had just been driving through a random neighborhood that he had no familiarity with than he would have had no right to investigate Martin’s suspicious nature. However, Zimmerman lived in this neighborhood and was performing his neighborhood watch duties. Several homes had recently been burglarized and the neighborhood has a right to protect and patrol itself. Yes you could argue that that’s the police’s job but not all protection duties should be assigned to the government. You have the right to self-defense, whether this be in physical confrontations or on a larger and broader scale of a neighborhood trying to stem crime.
Martin was, if I remember right, just visiting family who lived there. He had walked to a gas station to buy snacks and was on his way home. It was raining and Martin had a hoodie on with the hood over his head. Zimmerman saw him, didn’t recognize him, and investigated.
Yes the dispatch caller told him to not investigate. Dispatch callers and other radio operators are never fully aware of a situation. If you feel like immediate investigation is warranted then you have a right to investigate!
Martin noticed Zimmerman investigating and confronted him. This is where the tragedy could have been avoided. If Martin had simply walked up to Zimmerman and talked to him then NONE OF THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED. Martin instead chose to jump Zimmerman, prompting the shooting. Zimmerman probably earnestly believed that his life was at risk. If you were investigating a suspicious looking person in the context of recent crime and you got jumped out of nowhere, there is NO WAY for you to assume or know that it’s just a kid.
Martin should have acted civilized. I know that this opinion is going to receive some hate but I’m making it anyways. The culture that Martin was involved in amongst his peers saw people like Zimmerman as people who were weird or “creepy.” Martin even called Zimmerman a “creepy ass cracker” over the phone to one of his friends.
Besides the irony that Zimmerman is multicultural himself, the term “cracker” or any other derivation of it is racist. It doesn’t matter if Martin’s friend said it wasn’t; that isn’t her call to make. Black people are the ones who decided that terms like “nigger” are racist to them and I, as a caucasian male, get to say that “cracker” is racist. NO double standards.
After over a week of trial jury in the case found Zimmerman not guilty of murder with a case of self-defense. If you kept up with the trial then you know that there was hardly any evidence going for the prosecution. Yet, even with a verdict that would have been corrupted if it had been the other way around, the internet is aflame with hate.
I am so happy that we don’t have trials by the public jury. The idea that a suspected criminal is “innocent until proven guilty” is one of the highlights of what makes our country great. You can’t be charged on simple suspicion like you can in other countries. Yet the majority of the populace had already decided that Zimmerman was guilty even before this trial started. It all has to do with the fact that Martin was an African-American young man who was killed by someone who looks white. The local police department saw no reason to charge Zimmerman at the time and it was only by intervention by the Justice Department that this trial happened.
Because we all know that the current Justice Department isn’t biased. RIP Brian Terry.
What I’m trying to say here is to stop spouting such hate speech unless you know more about a situation. To spout about how Martin was killed over race or how race had anything to do about it just makes the race issue stick around longer. Militant civil rights groups are some of the most racist people you’ll ever know.
Become educated and don’t follow the herd. Just because it’s trending on Twitter doesn’t mean that it’s truth.