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17 July 2013

My Very Last Blogpost....on the Trayvon Martin shooting

Astonishingly, Neighborhood Watch guy George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin. Well knock me over with a feather! I’m just gobsmacked.

Look, here’s the thing about George Zimmerman: He was innocent…of murder. Lots of people wanted…dearly, dearly wanted him to be guilty of…”something.” ...Like that screeching British idiot who’s filling in for John Stewart on Comedy Central. What a friggin’ moron. Stephen Colbert too. Bleeding-heart liberals who’d already made up their minds on the case, and by God no jury was going to convince them otherwise!

What Colbert, the guy who’s filling in for Stewart, and many like them do not understand is that the State of Florida charged Zimmerman with murder for a reason…that reason being that they knew they could not win. Remember, the cops didn’t want to charge Zimmerman at all in the first place! They could see it was simple self-defense…no “stand your ground” needed. Neighborhood Watch guy, doing what Neighborhood Watch guys do, gets into an altercation with another man. This other man ends up knocking Neighborhood Watch guy to the ground and starts bashing his head against the pavement. Neighborhood Watch guy pulls his LEGAL pistol and shoots. Self-defense. End of story.

But no, Florida’s governor told the State Attorney Angela Martin to charge Zimmerman. And charge she did! With murder. If the state had gone after Zimmerman for a lesser charge, they would have looked weak and soft in the eyes of the black community, which we all know is vehemently anti-racist. And what if the state couldn’t even prove manslaughter? What then? Come on, they knew they did not have a strong case. Better to go for the gold, and charge Zimmerman with a crime they knew they couldn’t prove. Either way, they still looked good. “Hey black people, we tried!”

Also, people still believe that Zimmerman hunted down…chased down Trayvon Martin and shot him in cold blood. Nothing could be FURTHER from the truth. As soon as Zimmerman got out of his vehicle, Martin took off at a high rate of speed. “He’s running,” Zimmerman says on the tape. “He’s gone.” But Martin doubled back. And that’s when the fatal confrontation happened – NOT when Zimmerman got out of his truck.

And another thing: It's not against the law to be a racist or for a citizen to do racial profiling. It's not nice, and we might not like it, but it doesn't automatically make you guilty of murder if you kill someone.

Here’s yet another thing…and possibly the most bizarre thing about this whole case. Many people want Zimmerman to be guilty because if he’d been black instead of Hispanic he would have been found guilty. In other words, if the shoe was on the other foot (or the gun was in the other hand), the black guy would’ve been convicted and not set free, and on the basis of that, Zimmerman should have been found guilty. THIS MAKES NO SENSE. In this case the justice system worked correctly. Why hold it against the guy who was found innocent? Ohhhhhh, that’s right! Because a lot of people already had their minds made up that Zimmerman was guilty!

Only George Zimmerman knows what really went down that night (other than Trayvon Martin). Nobody denies that Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. He’ll have to live with that for the rest of his life.

My takeaway from all of this is simple: In Florida, be careful about with whom you pick a fight. They might very well have a gun. Normal citizens are allowed to own guns in Florida. If you have a big, big problem with this, then do not live in Florida. There are plenty of other states in which only the criminals have guns. Feel free to pick one and move there!


Anonymous said...

The news media NEVER did show us what Travon actually looked like that nite. All the photos were about 5 years old. Sweet little kid. Journalistic Malpractice.
Rotorhead Ron in NC

Bob said...

Have been checking here often because I had a feeling you would have a comment.

And well stated it is. Any time a young person like Trayvon is killed it is an unspeakable tragedy. My heart breaks for his parents.

But guess what? We have a court system in this country and there was this little thing called reasonable doubt. A jury of six women followed the law per the instructions given to them. I never believed Zimmerman would be convicted. The facts were not strong enough to overcome reasonable doubt. He probably should never have been charged.

And I might add we should be careful what we wish for. It's not a perfect system but there are many countries with much worse and where guilt rather than innocence is presumed. Surely we don't want that.

Bob Barbanes: said...

And guys, see, that's the thing: This is still America and Zimmerman was supposed to be PRESUMED innocent. But that's not how it worked out. "Everybody" just KNEW he was guilty! "Everybody" just KNEW that he chased down and shot Trayvon Martin IN COLD BLOOD, THAT RACIST BASTARD! Everybody knew.

Yes, a "kid" is dead. I agree with Ron: I think the news media should've shown pictures of a 13 year-old Georgie Zimmerman just to even things up. Fuckers. Sweet, innocent Trayvon; Sullen, racist volunteer vigilante. Convicted in the media before he ever got to trial.

As I've said over and over, I don't know what happened that night, only that it ended in an unspeakable tragedy. Zimmerman wasn't just some random guy out cruising in his truck, looking for trouble. He was Neighborhood Watch guy. And Martin may have been "innocent," but then...why did he run away? HE LIVED THERE...HAD EVERY RIGHT TO BE THERE. No reason to run. Or was there? I dunno...

I hear people say they are "unhappy" with the verdict. I am neither happy nor unhappy with it. It is what it is. Had the jury convicted Zimmerman I would've been, like, "Meh." I do believe that justice has prevailed though.

The trouble is, in today's society nothing is ever final, over-and-done-with. Nope, we can't let anything go. EVERYTHING is arguable, even after a jury has passed judgment on it.