Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Walking While Black

The case of the wanton murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida is depressing, in part because of the defenses of the murderer by Conservatives.
  • They say there was no racial motive because the killer, George Zimmerman, is Hispanic. White Florida Cubans are notably racist.
  • "As long as blacks kill blacks anywhere in the world, it should be legal for a white American to kill a black." (Shorter version of Kathleen McKinley commentary.)
  • They suggest that Zimmerman should not be charged because of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law that says killing is justified if the killer "knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred." The "had reason to believe" clause is a get out of jail free clause.
  • Zimmerman is a "criminal justice student" and, hence, was justified.
  • Zimmerman claims he "called for help" before shooting the unarmed teen.
 This is what probably happened. Zimmerman began following Trayvon. Trayvon walked faster. Zimmerman ran to catch up and cornered Trayvon. Zimmerman tried to restrain Trayvon. One or both yelled for help. Trayvon struggled to get away. Trayvon pushed Zimmerman, who fell. Zimmerman pulled his gun. Trayvon yelled, "No! No!" Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon.

In any civilized society Zimmerman was the aggressor who initiated the confrontation and shot an unarmed man. Zimmerman is guilty of murder. Under Florida law he will probably get off by claiming the right of lethal self-defense.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The way it sound, the guy was stalking and lying in wait with the intent to kill. I am not a fan of the death penalty, but these are the kinds of factors that invite such a punishment. That the local police are inclined to let him get away with it illustrates why many think that much of the south has make little if any, progress in 150 year.

On the other hand, maybe he thought the candy the kid had was a deadly weapon.

Vernon Malcolm said...

THis is why we need Obamacare, so teabaggers can get the mandatory psychiatric care they need. We also need to psychiatrically regulate the preachers and teachers that create such creatures! And we should put lithium in the water supply.