I just finished reading and article on the George Zimmerman trial (http://t.co/weWxEzu8bP) that predicted that Zimmerman was going to walk. The author seemed to dislike Zimmerman but also have the guts to acknowledge that it was a good thing. Which deserves a lot of kudos! Being caught in all the passion of the Zimmerman case can lead to a willful bias point of view and here we have someone that can see that. During the whole trial I’ve maintained a neutral point of view, I simply do not know how everything fully played out, but, I am willing to evaluate the characters involved. In this I would only like to inform the public of what might have actually taken place and who is to blame.
First of all, Zimmerman’s persona in this is well played out. He is part of the neighborhood watch, he’s well aware of his rights and restrictions, and he inflates his ego enough to believe he’s part of actual law enforcement. His role is that of a possible police officer that was caught in a life threatening situation and acted appropriately. Seeing how Zimmerman, a self-generated authority figure that killed a clearly unarmed african american teenager, is being accused of abusing the self-defense law in Florida is part of the historic case of the century, he has to play it safe and collected.
His use of the word suspect when referring to Trayvon was unnecessary. A suspect of what? At this point, the kid is dead and he’s being asked to reenact what happened, I doubt there is a need to address him as a such. It just goes on the prove the confidence Zimmerman has, the self-generated authority figure that believes he acted appropriately. His speculation, again, was unnecessary, during the trial he mentioned how a lot of kids would walk into the neighborhood and “always get away”. To me this just put Zimmerman in the shoes of the old man yelling at the kids to get out of his lawn. You can also analyze a character of that nature and you would get Zimmerman’s personal story. The old man yelling would dictate a man that is unhappy and awkward to the change in times, naive in believing that yelling at the kids will actually make them get off their lawn for good.
For Zimmerman, I think, we have that ending. He got caught in a scuffle with a teenager (or a lot of teenagers) that did not want to get off of his lawn. This time though, the old man didn’t just yell.
He is the pivotal character in this case, Trayvon was portrayed as the innocent kid with Skittles and iced tea, he couldn’t have done any harm to anybody. This is true but just because all he was wielding was Skittles and iced tea, that was music to the ears of many. Imagine hearing a story when someone was murdered because the Skittles and iced tea were weapons believed to be of malicious intent. Anyone would pay homage to that victim and everyone would hate the aggressor.
As soon as it happened, the race card was raised undoubtedly, another case of racism. Celebrities became furious, African Americans became enraged that yet again our people continue to be looked upon as suspects just because the color of our skin. And they would all be right, the people would have a valid point and if the judicial system worked in terms of passion (as it may sometimes), Zimmerman would be in prison forever.
But what about the forensic pathologist that stated that the trajectory of the bullet solidified the claim that Trayvon was indeed on top of Zimmerman when he was shot? Trayvon wouldn’t be so innocent as people claim he was. It seems one sided and that’s mostly because our second character is dead, we don’t know how he actually was. In Zimmerman’s testimony he comes across as a teenager looking to mess with the angry old man’s lawn.
So what if Zimmerman walks? The public will not be able to make the connections, maybe the passion has died down but it can be reignited at any second. Both characters are to blame for what happened, Zimmerman’s fake cop attitude got him into a huge mess. Trayvon on the other hand is the one that is hard for people to accept. So what if Trayvon isn’t innocent? How do you react to that? What if instead of going after Zimmerman, he would have just gone straight home? How does an innocent person end up in the aggressive position and not the submissive?
Here is the hard part. Trayvon was not innocent, he fought. The public has the belief that an African American teenager with Skittles and iced tea doesn’t post a threat but you’re wrong. It isn’t the threat that Zimmerman imagined but he became A threat. Teenagers are filled with hormones, they act out in that age group, everyone has memories of doing things they regret in those years. Have you heard of Chief Keef for Christ’s sake? Look at all the crap that comes out of his mouth, look at his personal record, the kid has a career but he’s still a damn kid.
You’re wrong to believe he’s innocent and you’re wrong to believe that just because he was an African American teenager, he was innocent. They played the race card into believing this was a hate crime (to an extend it might be), but, you now need to play the race card into believing that not every African American teenager is innocent. As for the parents, you know your kids inside the home but you do not know them outside the home.
I’m not an African American but I am part of the minority in this country. I worry how a community will bring itself off the damn floor when it cries racism all the damn time something controversial or boundary like situation occurs. You’re failing to acknowledge that you’re community (as well as mine) has a high number of drop out rates, that we make the majority in the worst place on Earth, the damn prison population. That our communities need fixing, they need guidance, they need leadership and from time to time, some raw truth and not some passion filled remarks.
This case has been blown out of proportion, it’s a simple scuffle to a higher degree. Somebody was killed and somebody else will probably be threatened because they believe it was a hate crime. I just wished it had a credit roll, at the end of the movie, the credits are gone and the scene actually plays out. The real thing happens and the community is able to see what the problem was. And they don’t riot when the verdict is given.