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George zimmermen is a free man

by on Jul. 13, 2013 at 10:02 PM
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GaleJ
by Silver Member on Jul. 15, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Firstly this isn't about trying Mr. Martin for anything and the idea that Mr. Zimmerman's behavior is acceptable because of something in Mr. Martin's backpack is laughable, does he have x-ray vision? I keep wondering why Mr. Zimmerman had the right to defend himself to the point of killing Mr. Martin but Mr. Martin did not have the same right. I think most people would be alarmed for their well being and safety if someone was following them, I know I certainly would be and that is, I believe, the standard this law creates. Doesn't that concern equal the same right to self defense; in other words why was the confrontation considered an attack on Mr. Zimmerman by Mr. Martin when it was Mr. Zimmerman's actions, against the advice of the police, that precipitated the whole incident? 

Neighborhood watches are not the problem, the problem is Mr. Zimmerman's paranoia and the fact that he had a loaded gun and did not understand the purpose of the neighborhood watch! Why does the very sight of a young man of color incite such a reaction in the absence of any criminal behavior? Young men of color should not be considered criminals just because of what they are wearing and despite the campaign to paint a very negative picture of Mr. Martin no one has been able to show any kind of proof that he did anything that night but engage in a physical confrontation with someone that was following him and certainly turned out to be a threat to his well being and safety! 


Quoting NDADanceMom:

Oh I didnt realize his crime was wearing the hoodie.  I thought it was bashing another mans head into cement that night.  On other nights it was drugs and likely robbery as he had jewelry that was not his along with a flathead screwdriver in his back pack.  The focus seems to be on the hoodie for those that think he was innocent.  Its NOT THE HOODIE.  

Quoting Hottmomma607:

*clapping*
I agree wearing a hoodie is not a crime or thug attire as suggested.


Quoting GaleJ:

I don't know what to think about this disappointing, but somewhat anticipated verdict, but I do know what I think about the sorry state of our country's position about race and what it means in America. 

We chose to raise our son in what we thought of as an enlightened and diverse community. He had friends of different races, ethnicities, economic standing, and creeds. A number of years ago as our "little boys" became first tweens and then teenagers I was shocked to come to understand that the mothers of boys of color, no matter where we lived or how middle class our existence, were deeply aware and truly frightened by the realities of raising a male child of color in our society. They feared for the well being and very lives of their sons as well as their future because the reality is that, in this country, being a male child of color comes with all the weight, and threat, of history. 

I will not say that this jury in Florida got it wrong, that isn't for me to say. I will say that our country has got something wrong. It's 2013 and a child of seventeen who no one has been able to say did anything wrong in the minutes leading up to his encounter with Mr. Zimmerman is dead and the law was unable to prove that the man that killed him did anything wrong because he had the right to defend himself in the eyes of that same law.

That Mr. Zimmerman was entirely responsible for the confrontation in the first place, that the only threat there was in Mr. Zimmerman's head, that he had no business doing what he did, or having a loaded gun while he did it seems so obvious to me that it practically is screaming to be heard. But somehow in America in 2013 a teenager of color in a hoodie represents enough of a threat that the law and this jury legitimately think that those issues have no sway over the idea that because he saw a teenager of color that he did not know in what he considered "his" neighborhood he felt he could challenge him. When whatever happened led to a physical confrontation Mr. Zimmerman was, according to this case and its outcome, justified in fearing for his life and well being and so had the right to defend himself sounds to me like a self fulfilling phophacy that anyone with a gun can make happen.

I am saddened, for the child that will never get the chance to grow up, for his family that must live with the grief of having lost their child, and for our country that cannot find the courage to address the horrible and costly legacy of racial injustice. Being a teenager of color in a hoodie isn't a crime, it isn't a threat to anyone and that Trayvon Martin died is simply wrong.




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