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.