Tag: Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman Not Guilty

This verdict has just been delivered to the court from the George Zimmerman jury, according to Yahoo news.

During the Q & A after the verdict’s announcement, the State Attorney and the prosecutor are still trying the case with the reporters on TV. They are still up to speculation and outright disingenuous observations. The upshot of this interview just might be violence. I certainly hope not.

The prosecution failed to convince the jury because the prosecutor is not an honest person, and six women can see through this buffoon.

 

 

 

How Does This Justice Thing Work?

As I am watching the prosecutor in the George Zimmerman trial present his closing arguments, I wonder what rationale allows this kind of theater in a solemn, and important trial. The prosecutor is playing tapes of George Zimmerman’s interviews, and liberally imputing motives to Zimmerman that are purely speculative.

The prosecutor is making stuff up, things that are not supported by facts. He is speculating on what Zimmerman was thinking, and what Trayvon may have been thinking. This is pure fiction, and our legal system allows this kind of stuff.

Yeah, I know that defense lawyers are good at this kind of speculation, too. In all respect I realize that attorneys are allowed to present alternate scenarios in defense or prosecution of a person, but these bozo’s make stuff up that are in no way supported by the evidence.

It doesn’t take much intelligence to poke holes in the prosecutor’s arguments in view of the real evidenced. The prosecution is  manufacturing evidence in an effort to convict a man that the main stream media does not like.

Hoodies Galore

The Trayvon Martin killing has set the racial world on fire. There is a new symbol of racial solidarity with Trayvon, and it is the ubiquitous hoodie. Now, hoodies have been around in one form or another for centuries, most recently in the United States since the early 20th century.

This week as I was leaving the local Walmart store, a young black woman entered the store wearing a red hoodie, with the hood deployed over her head. The temperature outside was 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and the date was July 5, 2013. In Atlanta we call this summer time.

hoodie
Zip-up Sweatshirt With Hoodie

It took me a few seconds to realize that she was probably trying to make a public statement. Why would anybody wear a sweatshirt, much less pull the hoodie up on a bright, sunshiny, summer afternoon? It was hot as hell in that parking lot.

What could that public statement be? Could it be that Trayvon was black, and this young woman identified with him just because she was black?  Most likely she was saying that if you believe that George Zimmerman (killer of Trayvon) was NOT guilty of murder, then you are racist. I believe that this is a shallow approach to the situation.

Let me say a couple of things about hoodies,

1. My children all have hoodies and will wear them on occasion.

2. My grandchildren wore their hoodies when they visited my house yesterday. It was raining, and they wanted their hoodies.  Maybe that was Trayvon’s reason for wearing his hood up that night.

3. My wife has a hoodie.

4. I have four hoodies. Two of these hoodies are from universities I attended, two are from a technical college in Marietta, Georgia where I learned the web page business the last couple of years. I like my hoodies even though it is difficult finding the closet space in which to store them. Having about six jackets for cool and cold weather takes up lots of room, too. I believe in keeping warm in the winter.

Throughout history, hoods have been used to shield identities of people bent on doing no-good. Whether Trayvon was bent on doing no-good, or whether he was just trying to stay dry, we will never know. This is because he choose to become the aggressor by attacking Zimmerman. That cost him his life, and changed George Zimmerman’s life forever.

Efforts to show that George Zimmerman was racist have likely failed.

Zimmerman was a frightened guy, carrying a gun to bolster his courage while he was doing (in his mind) the right thing, protecting his property. Even if Zimmerman were a flaming racist, the situation still screams self-defense, not that this excuses Zimmerman from culpability in the killing. That’s what the jury will decide.

I would have loved to engage that young, hoodie wearing lady at Walmart in a conversation of the Trayvon Martin incident. I think dialog can be healthy. But, the conversation about race that Attorney General Holder once called for will not happen. It will not happen because people are caught up in their symbols.

Trayvon Was Not The Only Victim

picture of Trayvon Martin
Trayvon Martin

The shooting of Trayvon Martin was a sad thing. Trayvon was in a place where he was not expected, although he had a perfect right to be there. His shooter, George Zimmerman was within his legal and moral rights in protecting his property and that of his neighbors.

A recent, fairly extensive article by Reuters as published in the Chicago Tribune brings out the truth of George Zimmerman and his background.

George Zimmerman, a mix of white, Hispanic, and African heritage, had been named the leader of a new neighborhood watch group. The gated community where Zimmerman lived had gone from nice to un-nice because of the collapse of the housing market in Florida. More and more of the housing units were being rented, instead of owned. That is when the problems started.

The neighborhood changed complexion to 50% white, 20% black, and about 20% Hispanic. Even black people in the neighborhood reported that there had been an run of burglaries by young black men.

There turns out to be a legitimate reason to be suspicious of someone wearing a hoodie, especially in Florida where cold weather is not the norm. Call it racial profiling if you want, but you cannot get past the suspicious look of anyone wearing a hoodie at night in a warm climate.

Now that we know that George Zimmerman was a defender of rights for blacks and other minorities, we see that the racial profiling accusation is over the top. Indeed, the whole profiling thing is the product of race baiters, and professional racists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Everything they do is about race, and not automatically innocent. Remember Tawana Brawley?

Trayvon may have been a victim because he was black. Zimmerman claims, with evidence, that Trayvon attacked him, and tried to take his gun. Trayvon was not a child, but a healthy, strong seventeen year old man. Zimmerman could have been killed by Martin’s attack.

Zimmerman is the victim of an idiot press corps who have nothing better to do than fabricate stories and call it news. How else do you explain NBC’s falsifying the 911 recordings to make it appear that Zimmerman was concerned about the suspicious persons race?

The press knows that a good race story gets readers, and they hate America and the freedom’s we have in this country, including our right to bear arms for our own protection.

Without Second Amendment rights, George Zimmerman could be in the graveyard, and Trayvon Martin would be just another young, black man behind bars.

So, who’s the victim, here?

Edit: My allusion to the idea that the warm Florida weather did not justify wearing a hoodie is incorrect. The weather in Sanford, Florida the night Trayvon was shot was cool, with the high on February 26, 2012 being 69 degrees F, and the low temperature being about 52 degrees F. My apologies to all who thought otherwise. Those temperatures can be considered cool for Florida residents.