I must say I am confused. How is it that a man, who fears for his own safety, can shoot another man and get away with it? And yet the other man cannot defend himself. Because if and when he does try to fight off his attacker, he is essentially giving the other man permission to kill him.
Seriously, I would like someone to explain it to me.
Let me ask the question another way. Let’s say you were out, minding your own business. Suddenly you are
being followed. Chased. Shouted at. By someone with a gun.
What would you do? Would it not be logical to assume your life was in danger? Would you not want to try to defend yourself? To fight back against your attacker? To fight as hard as you could? To try and save your own life?
Isn’t that a normal reaction?
Many, many women study martial arts for just this reason. To learn how to defend themselves against muggers. And rapists.
Last night a jury in Florida acquitted George Zimmerman.
How was justice served? A 17 year old, unarmed boy, was walking home from a convenience store. And he was killed because he fought back. He tried to defend himself against his assailant. Who, in turn, claimed he was only trying to defend himself. And that’s okay. That’s within the law.
So here’s my next question.
How can you not bring race into it?
Sorry, but I will go to my grave believing it was, and is, a factor.
Why did George Zimmerman call 911 in the first place? Why did he go after Trayvon Martin in the first place? Had he been acting suspiciously? Was he skulking around? Was he peering into the windows of homes in the community? Was it clear he was about to break into any of the homes?
“No” would be the correct answer.
No. Trayvon Martin was simply on his way home, from a convenience store, where he had bought a drink and some candy. He wasn’t trespassing. He had every right to be walking where he was walking. And he was unarmed.
All George Zimmerman saw was a black kid. And that was enough for him. In that split second George Zimmerman decided Trayvon Martin was a hoodlum. That he was up to no good. And he needed to be apprehended.
That is reality.
It’s ugly. It’s offensive. We may wish it wasn’t true. But it is.
Don’t think so? Well then. How do you explain why George Zimmerman found it necessary to call 911? Trayvon Martin wasn’t doing anything unusual, or even vaguely suspicious. How, also, do you explain why George Zimmerman found it necessary to disregard the instructions he was given — which were to stay in his car and wait for the police to arrive? Where, I might add, he (Zimmerman) would have been safer.
As would Trayvon Martin. In fact, he’d probably be alive today.
Tell me why he did all that, if it wasn’t because he saw a black kid in a hoodie walking around late at night. And jumped to a conclusion.
And while you’re at it, tell every man, woman, child and teenager (of any colour) who might, one day, find themselves in a similar position Trayvon Martin found himself in. Because that’s where we’re headed.