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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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Juror B-37 said she understood Georges desire to investigate Trayvon because of the string of burglaries in his neighborhood. Let's pause this. What did Trayvon Martin have to do with those crimes? Trayvon was black and in Zimmerman's mind these crimes were being committed by young black men. So instantly the sight of a random black male on his cell phone lazily loping home in the rain is suspicious to George. Trayvon isn't dead because George Zimmerman was in danger. He's dead because George Zimmerman followed him and shot him. If you follow me with a loaded gun, regardless of the color of your skin I will turn around and beat the bloody life out of your soul.

When it comes to implicit racism people all of a sudden like to act dumb. In my opinion B-37 sounds slow and mentally off in some regards, but this is how people act when race is an issue and they don't want to own up to the reality of the situation. Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon. This is a racist act, but it doesn't mean Zimmerman is a low-down racist. You don't have to be Adolf Hitler to commit a racist act. People defend Zimmerman in this scenario because the nature of racism is so ugly that no one wants to be left in this category.

The Trayvon Martin murder case forces us to be honest about two things. This country was founded on the shoulders of the enslavement of black people and the genocide of Native Americans. This means we are still dealing with the after-taste of black people and other minorities being viewed and treated as second-class citizens. This country was also founded on the belief that every man has the right to arm himself. We are a country of guns and a country of implicit and blatant racism. Trayvon Martin, as a second-class citizen, did not have the right to respond to Zimmerman's shady and lurking passive-aggressive behavior with violence. Zimmerman had all the right in the world to approach Trayvon Martin with his gun.

I typically don't agree with anything Piers Morgan says because I find his interviews boring, but he spoke truth when he said "I believe George Zimmerman would not have had the courage to follow Trayvon Martin had he not had a concealed weapon in his possession." This is the reality of the situation: Zimmerman wasn't following Trayvon to give him a batch of flowers. He thought he was a rogue vigilante and decided to take matters into his own hands. He thought he was Charles Bronson, Walker Texas Ranger, all of the above. In America it's acceptable for Zimmerman to be a vigilante. It is not acceptable for Trayvon Martin to defend himself against this person even though he has not committed a crime.

Zimmerman bought this gun with the sole intent of mocking law enforcement and using it one day. He was not a trained law enforcement officer and he had absolutely no authority over Trayvon. But due to white privilege and all things associated with being a psychopath he was granted this authority. He knew this when he approached Trayvon and followed him. He was also aware of this after the fight between them resulted in him shooting Trayvon. Trayvon was the big black beast and his fists were more deadly than the actual gunshot that killed him. George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin and is at home clipping his toenails as we speak.

It was 7 p.m. and the sun was still up. Most neighborhoods are very active at this point. People are walking their dogs; enjoying their lives. Trayvon Martin was walking down the street and Zimmerman ran outside with a gun and expected Trayvon to bow down to him. Trayvon didn't bow down to this random person and his gun so Trayvon died. If Trayvon Martin was a white woman carrying grocery bags home in the rain he would still be alive today and Zimmerman would've likely not shot him down.

Of course Zimmerman was in fear for his life; he's not an actual police officer and he's following a person he believes to be a criminal. I'd be in fear for my life also if I honestly believed I was fighting a hardened thug that wouldn't hesitate to kill me. The problem is that he wasn't fighting a hardened thug that left his home with the intent to run into George Zimmerman and kill him. He was fighting a 17 year old teenager. This teenager died. His blood is on George Zimmerman's hands.

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