Re: Point of view from a black man on Trayvon/Zimmerman
posted at 7/18/2013 11:51 AM EDT
In response to skeeter20's comment:
In response to DamainAllen's comment:
In response to FortySixAndTwo's comment:
Which is why he said it's PRIMARILY black people who are upset. He, nor anyone in this thread so far said that it's just black peope that are upset.
The rest of you post isn't worth commenting on as you seemed to have missed his point. Hell...ya missed the fact that he didn't say that it's just black people who are upset.
That is a distinction without significance and again I'd say even the characterization that blacks are the folks primarily upset by the verdict is wrong. Here is a poll that asks respondents how they feel they would have ruled, by race. Its one poll but others have similar results, so there is no factual basis for his claim that "primarily" blacks are the ones upset when 34% of white respondents would have convicted Zimmerman of either murder or manslaughter.
So, is the point of this that most black people do not understand what "not guilty" means, and are acting primarily on their race?
I'm not sure what race has to do in a case that is not about race, and particularly where the defendant is NOT WHITE.
Black people understand plenty what not guilty means, and in the mind of millions of people regardless of race, "not guilty" doesn't jive with the murder of an unarmed kid, who was committing no crime, who wasn't in "the wrong place at the wrong time" by a man who never identified himself or took any steps to engage Martin beyond calling the police on him and then chasing him down after he ran away, obviously concerned that something wasn't right with the man in the truck following him.
If George Zimmerman had rolled up to Trayvon and did the following:
"Hey, my name is George and I am the neighborhood watch captain, I just wanted to make sure you were okay. Where are you heading?"
If he done that, instead of immediately deciding that Martin MUST BE UP TO NO GOOD (for some reason, but it CLEARLY wasn't Trayvon's race) Martin would still be alive. Martin is dead because Zimmerman set in motion a confrontation that was premised by the idea that Martin was doing something wrong and potentially criminal by walking down the street in the neighborhood where his father lived, where he had every right to be. Period. That's why people are upset and beleive an injustice was committed, because of the two people involved one had the power to control the outcome and perform his duties, but good old colorblind George Zimmerman just KNEW that kid was up to something, based on his "gut" or his criminal justice studies, or the fact that trayvon was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. But god knows it wasn't because he was black. That would be absurd.