Thursday, July 18, 2013

Suspicious George

The Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump, placed blame on Juror B-37, in the most objective way: she simply didn't think of Trayvon as "her child." Juror B-37 couldn't relate to Trayvon, and there is the real tragedy: her empathy for the dead Trayvon was the same as for his murderer, George Zimmerman.

Indeed, Juror B-37 was so partial to Zimmerman that she excused his behavior with her assessment of his motivations. "But he wanted to do good. I think he had good in his heart, he just went overboard," the juror told CNN. Asked later whether she thought Zimmerman was within his rights, she said: "He was justified in shooting Trayvon Martin." After all, as George Zimmerman absolved himself of his personal responsibility for killing Trayvon, it was "all God's plan." Imagine the internal outrage Trayvon's parents must have felt when George Stephanopoulus asked them how they felt about George Zimmerman's parents praying each day for Trayvon. And yet, Trayvon's father, Tracy Martin, mild mannerly only questioned their sincerity.

One only needs to skim through the list of 46 phone calls to see that Zimmerman was overzealous in his pursuit of those in his neighborhood displaying "suspicious activity." On April 22, 2011, Zimmerman called police about suspicious activity by a "Juvenile black male 'apprx 7–9' years old, four feet tall 'skinny build short blk hair' last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue shorts."

Yes, that's right. To George Zimmerman, a little boy was suspicious, although he wasn't wearing a hoodie. Now I'm not sure what would be, to Zimmerman, "suspicious" about a young boy, other than he was black. Not that Zimmerman would be profiling on the basis of race, of course, despite the allegations of trial witness no. 9, Zimmerman's cousin. She said "...that Zimmerman and his family always had a bias against Blacks and only liked them if they 'acted White.'" Zimmerman defended himself against that charge by saying he was cleared of any racial profiling by the FBI.

And Zimmerman was cleared of murdering Trayvon Martin, too. God's plan?


Redeye said...

As Sybrina Fulton said, the God I serve doesn't condone the killing of innocent children, and that's what Trayvon was, an innocent child. If he had been a fetus the righty's would be outraged.

yellowdog said...

May Trayvon Martin and his parents, family and acquaintances find peace. This is a tragedy.

As usual, for many this boils down to a simple question. Trayvon Martin was assaulting Zimmerman and Zimmerman defended himself. A jury acquitted Zimmerman. Case closed.

The horror of this, aside from the unnecessary death of a child, is the lack of moral outrage on the part of so many of our fellow citizens.

We better wake up -- our country is not moving forward, it is being dragged backwards.

We need to wake up before it is too late, and stand against immoral and ignorant people.

Never give up, Redeye and Chip. People do hear you. "Rage against the darkness!"