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Friday, July 19, 2013

Zimmerman and Trayvon: Until You've Been Racially Profiled Yourself, You Will Never Understand

Posted By on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:53 AM

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But in this courtroom Zimmerman's story was more relatable. The evidence appeared to support the fact that Trayvon could've walked away from George and ignored the fact that he was following him. This is how racism works in America. We are supposed to give prejudiced whites the benefit of the doubt. If a random black person was following Trayvon Martin with a loaded gun and Trayvon decided to approach him then this incident would be viewed as Trayvon Martin being scared to death and seeking a way to defend himself in a situation against a potential predator. The fact of the matter is since Zimmerman is not black, in the eyes of society (and apparently to the jury) Trayvon Martin was supposed to give him the benefit of the doubt.

He was supposed to get off the telephone, activate a fake phony colgate white smile and ask in a very passive manner, "Hey man why are you following me, can I help you?" Zimmerman would then in return take the authoritative position over Trayvon and ask him "What are you doing in this neighborhood?" Trayvon doesn't have to answer to George Zimmerman whatsoever, but the socially correct thing for him to do was press pause on his life for a brief second and bow down to George's assumptions in hopes of proving to George that he was just a regular person walking home in the rain.

I watched juror B-37 sit on TV and cry about the fact that George Zimmerman's life is ruined. She says she feels sorry for George Zimmerman. She simply saw this as a second degree murder case. In her mind it stops and starts with the fact that George Zimmerman is not guilty. If Trayvon Martin would've shot George Zimmerman and the fight went in Zimmerman's favor she would've still had the same amount of sympathy for George Zimmerman. In her world there is no sympathizing with minorities. We apparently live in a different world and have different concerns. Our children aren't children in her eyes; Trayvon is not a teenager being followed by a mysterious adult to her. Trayvon was taller than George Zimmerman and his skin is darker, so he is in turn a much more menacing character to juror B-37.

Trayvon Martin was not humanized in this courtroom, so the jury walked away feeling as if George Zimmerman actually had no other choice but to shoot him. We do not bleed red blood and breathe oxygen apparently to people like her. She also said she would feel comfortable with George Zimmerman being her neighborhood watch captain today because he has now learned his lesson. This saddens me, because he learned this lesson at the price of taking an innocent life. The stand your ground law does not apply to Trayvon Martin, who was followed by Zimmerman for absolutely nothing. Zimmerman killed Trayvon and was not drug tested by the police. If I hurt myself while working at WalMart they will instantly drug test me, but he killed an entire human being and no one thought to drug test him to see if he was under the influence of anything. Trayvon Martin's cold body, however, was indeed drug tested even though he was dead and gone. No mercy was granted to Trayvon Martin as George Zimmerman shot him and slept in the comforts of his own bed that night. Trayvon Martin's corpse was devalued in the courtroom.

The margin of sympathy swayed in Zimmerman's favor because his caucasian father looks like B-37's father, husband and son. During B-37's CNN interview she hardly mentioned the dead person. This showcases a lack of value and concern in regards to Trayvon Martin's side of the story.The big black gorilla attacked Zimmerman and he had no other choice but to shoot in him the chest. Never mind the fact that George was the actual antagonist.

He was curious about Trayvon being in his neighborhood. Well, Trayvon lived in the same exact neighborhood as George Zimmerman, so as the neighborhood watch captain it was Zimmerman's duty to offer this teenager his protective services. He didn't recognize Tray as a member of his community because he chose not to. His father is a white judge and this judicial system doesn't always showcase the most positive images of black people. So George was more than likely raised in a household that bred him to think this way. Zimmerman's neighborhood watch post was designed to protect them and not us. We were viewed as the criminals in Zimmerman's eyes despite the fact we live and reside in the same exact community as him. We are viewed as the problematic element of George's community. This is the reason whites in St.Charles and Chesterfield flee from the possibility of black neighbors.

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