Sunday, July 14, 2013

What the Zimmerman trial taught us

1- There are people who keep an eye on their communities where high crime is an issue. 2- Being approached on the sidewalk doesn't give someone the right to smash the persons head into the pavement. 3- The media now calls latinos "white" when they do something they disagree with. Let's face it folks, The reason the defense was able to defend is because they proved that Zimmerman was being assaulted by Martin at the time of the shooting. Zimmerman didn't chase him down and shoot him in cold blood. 18 year old men are old enough to go to war for our country, and often do, so stop calling Martin a child. Had Martin not been shot there may have been a different trial (the assault of Zimmerman). That one, in my opinion, would not be getting national attention though. If people are really worried about young black men being shot, focus on the fact that they are shooting each other in cities across this country at an unacceptable rate. Many of those shootings are not in self defense either.


Anonymous said...

What the Zimmerman trial taught people who have brains in their heads:

1. Keeping an eye on your neighborhood and alerting police to suspicious activity is not the same thing as stalking and murdering innocent people simply because you don't like their color. This is especially true when the police specifically tell you to not follow the suspect!

2. Being stalked in the dark does entitle someone to take reasonable action to defend oneself from an aggressive and dangerous individual. Any assault on Zimmerman was a direct result of his instigating a fight.

3. Zimmerman's family purposefully downplayed being Latino themselves. Regardless, he was born here to a white father and Peruvian mother and follows none of his Latino traditions. He's white and American.

Just because we decided as a country to send children off to war is hardly an excuse to call them adults.

And the fact that black men are more likely to shoot each other points more to a systemic problem than providing an excuse for white people to gun them down in cold blood. While the jury, made up of ignorant Floridian rednecks, may have believed Zimmerman was having his head pummeled on the ground at the time the post-incident photographic evidence clearly shows that to not be the case. Regardless, he stalked the young man in the dark and at best appeared to be attacking the young man who was simply walking down the street. Any attack on Zimmerman was a response to a perceived attack BY Zimmerman.

But, of course, we do understand that white privilege would make the nuance of this cause very difficult for you to understand. As a typical right-wing nutjob, you are incapable of critical thinking and nuance, which is why you're the root of all the problems in this country. No fear, though, we WILL take our country back from the likes of you!

Andreas Rau said...

I guess everyone has conveniently forgotten a similar, but in reverse, local case involving Roderick Scott and Chris Cervini.