An Observation on Zimmerman’s Defenders

Trayvon Martin had an empty baggie with weed particles at school, and he spray painted a couple of walls.

George Zimmerman has a domestic violence charge, a charge for resisting arrest, and a charge for resisting arrest with violence (assault on a cop).

Tell me, why is Trayvon the do-no-gooder here, and Zimmerman isn’t?

 

Racism.

The same people who were condemning Occupiers for civil disobedience, i.e. with no violence involved, are the same people deliberately ignoring Zimmerman’s history of violence. Or playing the “no conviction” card. The same people are also ignoring that Trayvon was not arrested for possessing this empty baggie, but are so busy condemning him with a plethora of racially charged dog whistle terms.

Growing Up Black in America

Melissa Harris-Perry talks to a few black teenagers on their experiences growing up black in the U.S. and their reactions to Trayvon Martin’s murder.

Growing Up Black in America

This is about so much more than just hoodies and baggy pants. Clothes aren’t the problem here. Racism is the problem. Clothes are meaningless. Or, rather, they should be. In a racist world, the “right” clothes can be the difference between life and death for black men in America. And that is not their fault if they choose to wear clothes tagged by racists as threatening. It’s our fault–White America’s fault.

It’s not even the clothes. Are young white men that wear the same fashions targets for suspicion, questioning, and violence? Nope. The clothes are a scapegoat. It’s all racism.

Self-Defense: Not Just for Gun Owners

I’m seeing a lot of babbling about George Zimmerman defending himself.

What I’m hearing very little of is Trayvon Martin’s right to self defense.

Trayvon didn’t know Zimmerman. He didn’t know why Zimmerman was following him. He didn’t know why Zimmerman had a gun. All he knew, was that this strange man was following him, for God knows what reason, to do who knows what.

From what I can piece together, this seventeen year old boy tried to deescalate the situation. “Why are you following me?”

When that didn’t work, he tried to remove himself from the situation and get to safety. He tried to run away.

Zimmerman followed.

Trayvon was backed into a metaphorical corner here. Deescalation didn’t work. Flight* didn’t work. All that he had left was Fight*. Self-defense.

(Fight or Flight, you know, the two instinctual responses to a threat?)

Trayvon showed more sense than this grown-ass man. He waited to use physical confrontation until the very last, after all other options were exhausted.

Now, I don’t believe for a second Zimmerman’s accounting. I don’t believe for a second that Trayvon attacked him. I believe Trayvon fought back. To defend himself, from this strange, grown-ass man that was following him home in the dark. With a gun.

Zimmerman should not own a gun. He has shown that he has no sense. He has no respect for his weapon, and no respect and caution in the face of the power a gun gave him.

The power to take a life.

Responsible gun owners know that the mere presence of a gun escalates a situation. Responsible gun owners know that you don’t exhibit threatening behavior to another (perceived, in this case. Zimmerman thought Trayvon was carrying.) gun owner. That’s a good way to start a shootout. Responsible gun owners don’t look for a fight. Responsible gun owners avoid it. Responsible gun owners don’t want to use their weapon. At all.

When Trayvon tried to deescalate the situation, Zimmerman kept escalating it.

Zimmerman was the threat. Zimmerman was the instigator. Zimmerman was the attacker.

Trayvon was exercising his right to self-defense.

Zimmerman is a murderer.

DOJ to Investigate Trayvon Martin’s Murder

I’m so glad to hear this. Racism is rampant in the Sanford Police Department–and I’d no more trust them to lead an investigation–should they deign to do so–than I could lift my Honda over my head.

My heart breaks for Trayvon’s family, and especially for Trayvon.

From the Miami Herald:

“Zimmerman said he had stepped out of his truck to check the name of the street he was on when Trayvon attacked him from behind as he walked back to his truck, police said. He said he feared for his life and fired the semiautomatic handgun he was licensed to carry because he feared for his life.”

Right. Mr. Vigilante-Wannabe had no idea where he was. Ironic, considering the previous paragraph:

“George Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer with a long history of calling in everything from open garage doors to “suspicious characters,” called police to say he had spotted someone who looked drugged, was walking too slowly in the rain, and appeared to be looking at people’s houses. Zimmerman sounded alarmed because the stranger had his hand in his waistband and held something in his other hand.”

How utterly disgusting.