Remember that saying “innocent until proven guilty”? Guess that doesn’t apply in Florida. Or the United States of America.
On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Trayvon was a 17-year-old kid coming back from the store in a gated community. George was employed as an insurance underwriter and working towards an Associate in Arts degree.
But thanks to the media, Zimmerman is a murdering racist.
According to the “stand-your-ground law” in the state of Florida, a “person may use force in self-defense when there is reasonable belief of a threat, without an obligation to retreat first. In some cases, a person may use deadly force in public areas without a duty to retreat. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the “stand your ground” law would be a defense or immunity to criminal charges and civil suit.”
According to state law, Zimmerman was well within his rights to kill any person he deemed a serious threat.
Having seen numerous self-absorbed, boastful, aggressive teens who feel entitled to do whatever they want, to whoever they want, maybe Martin did approach Zimmerman. I’ve personally seen a seemingly nice, friendly teenaged girl wants to get confront someone driving by slowly for no other reason than that the person was driving by slowly. Teens are young adults. Some don’t have the experience to reign in their attitude, especially in a potentially dangerous situation.
Zimmerman wasn’t a cop. He was a neighborhood watch, with a gun. He wasn’t required to wear a gun, but the right for Americans to bear arms allowed him to carry a weapon. In his position, perhaps he felt better with it, considering there were various criminal activities within the gated community, including a shooting.
Eye-witness accounts have varied, especially when the media became involved, and this terrible event became a circus. People wanted Zimmerman’s head.
One self-righteous fool from Hollywood even retweeted the supposed address of Zimmerman’s family. He had the wrong address and an innocent family was besieged by reporters and hate mail.
News reports painted Zimmerman as a liar and a racist, ignoring various statements from family and associates indicating his half Hispanic ancestry, that he mentored black youths, had black relatives, and was one of those who stood up for a black homeless man who was beaten by the son of a local police officer.
People formed huge protests in support of Martin. Voices for these communities, seeing a bandwagon, eagerly jumped on. News was altered to prove Zimmerman’s guilt and show Martin as a saint. All of this finally pressured officials to charge Zimmerman with second degree murder.
If Zimmerman were the terrible, lying, racists bastard everyone was making him out to be, if he’s killed Martin purposefully, he’d be long gone. Instead, he turned himself in upon hearing of his murder charge.
Now, imagine if a black man, let’s call him Larry, college student, part-time neighborhood watch, had gunned-down a potentially aggressive white teenager, let’s call him Bob.
Would the black community be touting Larry as a good man and painting Bob as a troubled teen? Would a white film director retweet Larry’s family’s address? Would this news story have made it out of the state?
America continually portrays itself as a global example of individual rights, freedom, liberty, and justice. Well, “…justice, the American way.” should be changed to Mob/ Media justice.
Did Zimmerman shoot Martin? Yes. Did he want to? No! Is Zimmerman the bastard that the Mob/Media has made him out to be? No. Is Martin a saint? Probably not. Was he a good kid that maybe made a mistake? Yeah. Did he deserve to die? Definitely not!
Was race a factor in the confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin? Considering what I’ve read about Zimmerman as wrote this blog, in my opinion, I’d say no.
Truth doesn’t bleed, or sell, like racism and sensationalism does in the United Mob/Media States of America.