Sunday, July 21, 2013

Skittled, scuttled and sunk in Sanford

A lot of people, politicians and pundits have been complaining this week about the President injecting race into the Trayvon Martin murder case. Obama has been called the race baiter in chief. How could he? We all know that racism is no longer an issue in this country. Let's look at the facts of this particular case:

Trayvon Martin, a young man from Miami, is visiting his father in Sanford, Florida. They watch the NBA All-Star game at a house in a gated Sanford community, the Retreat at Twin Lakes. In the evening, Martin walks to a 7-Eleven to get some Skittles and Arizona Iced Tea. While walking back, he draws Zimmerman's attention, a guy patrolling the neighborhood in a sport-utility vehicle. Zimmerman calls 911 to report "a real suspicious guy."
"This guy looks like he's up to no good or he's on drugs or something," Zimmerman told the dispatcher. "It's raining, and he's just walking around looking about." The man tried to explain where he was. "Now he's coming towards me. He's got his hand in his waistband. And he's a black male...Something's wrong with him. Yup, he's coming to check me out. He's got something in his hands. I don't know what his deal is...These assholes, they always get away."
Do you honestly think that Zimmerman follows this young man around if he is a white dude wearing top siders and a La Coste shirt? The racism and profiling in this case started a long time ago, when this young man had the nerve to try to buy some skittles and walk through a white neighborhood.

I don't really care if he had weed in his system, what percentage of Americans do you think do these days?  He's a kid. Maybe there had been a problem with black kids in the neighborhood, but not this black kid. Zimmerman had no right to gun him down. Last I heard, it was not a crime to be black in this country. But sometimes you would think that it is.


Sanoguy said...

I agree. Also, the police dispatchertold him not to follow Martin. He got out of his car and, apparently, did follow him. That lead to the confrontation. I imagine that Zimmerman said something like, " what are you doing a..h..." and the fight was on.

The only reason Zimmerman followed him at all was because he had a gun to protect him. He was / is a wanna be cop and he was doing his self appointed duty.

The crux of the problem, in my view, besides our inherent racial profiling, is the laws that allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon.

Thomas G Johnson said...

We can beat on this dead horse 'till the cows come home and the outcome ain't gonna change. A jury, legally and I'm quite sure carefully empaneled, has rendered a just verdict. I truly hope that individuals that would deny the average law-abiding citizen self protection from a thug or thugs never is confronted by them. Although you can always call 911 on your smartphone and wait for the cops...

Blue Heron said...

On what basis do you base your faith that this is a just verdict?

Anonymous said...

Robert--Ask another question. Do you really think it is Ok--excusable, proper, name your own word, for a person who sees another person behind him or her--going in the same direction, to stop and start hitting the follower---all you people are saying that it is wrong to see where a stranger might be going in my neighborhood.
If George didn't have a gun--the police when they arrived two minutes later would have been taking Trayvon away in handcuffs and George would be going away in an ambulance. Norm

Blue Heron said...

Unfortunately, only one person can offer a story of that night's events at the present time and we are forced to believe them, the decedent unable to refute anything in his present state. Having said that, an ambulance beats a hearse/

Anonymous said...

Here's the link to the Forbes article I told you about last night. http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterferrara/2013/07/21/stand-your-ground-post-trayvon-martin-america-youre-not-racist/ Please read it before you judge. Also, I suspected that there was more to the story than the manipulated press wants the slaves to know. Who is behind these attempts at starting a race war and why? In partial answer to your response to my comment on your blog. Not being privy to the evidence such as the jurors in the case were, having been an inhabitant of the planet Earth for over 65 years now with eyes and mind as open as I dare let me say this; the verdict struck me as appropriate as the verdict in the O J Simpson murder trial seemed in-appropriate.

Peace, Love and Happiness,


hobo_beans said...

To me it seemed like the dead black kid was on trial.

Anonymous said...

When Skittles are outlawed only outlaws will carry Skittles.
Everybody knows the dangerous effect that sugar has on teenage black boys nervous systems. Zimmerman had no choice but to kill the little bastard, before he littered the gated community with a empty candy bag....